Pub hosting charity garden party for fire station

Cotswold Journal: The Porch House, in Stow. The Porch House, in Stow.

A PUB in Stow is holding a garden party to raise money for Stow Community Fire and Rescue Station.

Visitors can enjoy real ales and ciders, an all-day hog roast and barbecue and live music in the garden by jazz artists, 'The Gin House Five', at The Porch House, in Digbeth Street, on Sunday, May 25 starting from noon.

Entertainment also includes a charity auction and raffle, a real fire service vehicle for the children, Pimms and homemade sweets and treats.

A percentage of all takings will be donated to the local fire service, in Union Street.

The Porch House team will also be manning the Porch House’s own food stall showcasing some of their favourite home-made products.

Mat Aket, Brakspear Operations manager, said: “I’m delighted to be able to put on this great weekend for everyone to celebrate the Bank Holiday and the great work of the Stow on the Wold Community Fire and Rescue Station.”

Everyone is welcome and entry to the Garden Party is free.

The pub was out of action for a few days in March after fire ripped through the historic pub just days before the Cheltenham Festival.

Nearly 40 firefighters, including a two crews from Stow, attended the blaze on March 5 which started in the kitchen and damaged two bedrooms.

Formally known as The Royalist, the pub was bought by Brakspear in July 2012, and re-opened for business as The Porch House after a major £750,000 refurbishment in September last year.

The Grade II listed building is thought to be among England’s oldest inns with parts of it dating back to 947AD.

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