.
. .

THIS WEEK REVIEW: ITV Drama Flesh and Blood, filmed on location in Normans Bay


COMMUNITY Life of local campaigner, Jan Barron, to be celebrated in community with new award


LATEST ON JOBSBOARD Bay Hotel and Bar, waiter / waitress to join our growing team

Screen-Shot-2020-02-13-at-16.51.49

image credit: Royal Oak and Castle Inn, Pevensey

The Royal Oak and Castle in Pevensey has added a book club to an inspiring array of community events taking place at the public house

Hayley Fitton who took over the tenancy of the public house last November, has quickly earned a reputation for herself and her team as an innovative ensemble with a series of finely tuned events that understand the context of the community and bring people together.

The launch night for the public house last November saw the original fire dancers, Smoke and Mirrors, based in Eastbourne come to light up the evening.

Since then we have had a nice mix of Christmas events, the pub played host to a magnificent Wassail in January, A Burns Night sold out. Tomorrow night (February 14) we will see a truly scrumptious Valentine’s Night and the heart shaped community offerings do not stop.

Mad Hatters on Tuesday 18 February is sold out. At £5 per child, from 9am – 11am, there is a morning of making and story telling, animal bookmark making , sheep finger painting, cookie decoration and mask making.

On Saturday 7 March, comes Ghost Story & Old Susses Tales with 2 course dinner for £18:00pp, listening to old ghost stories and tales by candle light with Rob Slater and discovering what’s lurking in some of the famous surroundings of Pevensey.

On Monday 9 March comes the Paint Club from 7:00pm—9:30pm and the painting of a highland cow. The Paint Club is holding their fantastic painting classes at The Royal Oak and Castle Inn from March.

Then on Thursday 19 March comes the Book Club from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

Talking about the new event, the Royal Oak and Castle says,”purchase your new book and start reading- have fun.

First book: The Butterfly Room by Lucinda Riley https://www.amazon.co.uk/Butterfly-Room-Lucinda-Riley/dp/1529014980

They add “whether it be an opportunity to meet new people, just to get out & have a good natter, our new book club will bring people together & build new positive friendships, starting the evening talking about the recent read, then we are sure most will find this an opportunity to chat, talk about the wonder of our days, meet new friends and leave feeling happy & relaxed.

“Of course there will be cake, wine and hot drinks available to purchase and indulge in”.

Explaining why having a book club is important to the public house, they say that the new event will “entice us all to take that important down time at home and read before the next gathering”.

If a time comes to celebrate community orientated public houses in East Sussex, Hayley Fitton and her team will no doubt be up there with the potential award winners.

What they are doing is inspired, so popular and such a sell out success that a new reputation is being built for the public house that in the past has had a special community feel.

The wonder of our days, the theme for their new book club. seems a good motif to add to the beautiful wallpaper, design trained Hayley Fitton, has chosen for the restaurant room.

This is one successful way to run a historic community public house in a historic village and one way, as the team points out, “to bring people together & build new positive friendships”.

What a difference a day makes.

The day that Hayley Fitton and her team arrived, was the day that community, life, love and friendship returned to the portals of the Royal Oak and Castle in Pevensey.


Royal Oak and Castle Inn
High Street, Pevensey, East Sussex
01323 762371