Norfolk pub receives donation to allow building of new access track

The Locks Inn in Geldeston is now back open (Credit: The Locks Inn)

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The path out of lockdown has been a much smoother one for a Norfolk pub thanks to a donation of 80 tonnes of hardcore building material from Hopkins Homes.

The Locks Inn in Geldeston, Norfolk, is accessed via a long, unmade road. The ruts and potholes in this track were becoming increasingly difficult to navigate.

To make it easier for customers, Graham Elliott, who spearheaded the community’s efforts to buy the pub at auction, appealed to developer Hopkins Homes for further assistance.

Graham said: “We’ve seen such a huge amount of support from our customers since we officially reopened. The state of the track didn’t make their journey to us very easy though. We were very grateful for the help that Hopkins Homes already provided us through the communities’ scheme so we approached them to see if they could spare a little hardcore so we could make the improvements.”

The developer donated four lorry loads of recycled road planings and scalpings – amounting to around 80 tonnes worth.

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The material came from a nearby Hopkins Homes development.

Nick Holmes, director of operations at Hopkins & Moore, part of The Hopkins Group, said: “I actually know The Locks very well and am delighted to see it reopening as a community run pub. I also knew the track was in a bit of a mess so it was a pleasure to be able to help the team out with the recycled material from one of our nearby developments.”

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