The Kings Arms at Shouldham.

A community-owned West Norfolk pub is growing – just six months after it opened its doors again.

The Kings Arms at Shouldham had been shut when a huge community effort saw enough cash raised to buy the village pub and bring it back to life.

Owned by the Shouldham Community Enterprise, the venue has become home to  a range of activities from music nights to quizzes and discussions.

It also has a community cafe and plans to take over the provision of meals to the village primary school.

“We just want to say a huge thank-you to everyone who has ever bought a pint in here. It has gone really well and we knew the pub could work,” said landlord Ian Skinner.

“It’s been a whirlwind,” he added.

A planning application has been submitted to add a patio area to the front of the pub and extend the building to the side to create extra room and storage space.

There would also be a new toilet for those with disabilities and baby-changing facilities.

The pub will celebrate its first birthday with a three-day beer festival from September 4 and Mr Skinner said it had been a fantastic year.

http://kingsarmsshouldham.co.uk