When Chris Lynch took over The Rising Sun, he vowed to get the Clanfield pub more involved with the community.
After listening to what the regulars wanted, he started getting his pub involved in helping out arts and craft sessions at the village’s St James church.
In October, Chris supplied all the wine for a music event at the church and for Children in Need he threw a free party for local children.
The event included face painting and games and there were Pudsey Bear biscuits for everyone to enjoy.
From January he’s going to set up children’s mornings at the pub with fun games and competitions.
Before Chris took over the pumps around seven months ago there was only one real ale on offer.
Now he’s got three permanent ones on the go and there’s a rotating guest ale which is served straight out the cask.
The pub also supports microbreweries in the area.
Chris said: ‘As soon as I started I made it my mission to get this place running as a community pub again.
‘Though I am in charge of it, it belongs to the community.
‘I’ve been listening to them and providing what I can for them.
‘This is a village inn that is at the heart of the community.
‘That’s our ethos here.
‘We provide a friendly atmosphere.
‘We get people who come in and want to sit in the corner and have a quiet drink, and there are others who like to come in, have a chat and keep warm.
‘The locals said it would be fantastic if the pub started doing ale straight out of the cask so I got it sorted for them.
‘It’s gone down really well.’
Chris, 53, is also helped by his wife Rosie, their son David Lynch, 26, and David’s future wife Nadia Petrora, 23.
It also provides three bedrooms for people to stay in overnight.
Every Monday there is a quiz night with cash prizes which tests locals on their general knowledge. There is also a specialist round.
Entertainment is now held every Friday in the form of live music, discos and open mic sessions.
In the new year Chris plans to set up a card players league and a darts team.
Chris said: ‘We are very family orientated here, which is what we should be.’
The pub also supported the village’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and is continuing to back a campaign to save Clanfield Memorial Hall.
MEET THE LANDLORD
LANDLORD Chris Lynch is experiencing life in the pub trade for the first time.
Prior to taking over The Rising Sun he was an IT worker for Lockheed Martin at its offices in Havant.
Chris, 53, who is originally from Leicestershire, moved to Clanfield 12 years ago for the job.
But towards the end of his career he realised he wanted a new challenge and wanted to get more involved in the community.
He said: ‘I decided I was at a point in my life where I wanted to do more work in the community, and use the skills I had acquired over the years to help others.
Chris admitted that starting up in the pub business hasn’t been easy.
‘It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster,’ he said.
‘Some things have worked and others haven’t. But I keep trying and I would say all the effort so far has been worth it.’
The day after Chris considered a career change, The Rising Sun came on the market.
His daughter Joanna Lynch, 28, spotted an advert about its availability online.
‘I just went for it and I guess you can say is history,’ Chris said.
‘In my opinion you shouldn’t run a village pub unless you listen to and are a part of the community.
‘The next 12 months is looking good.
‘The customers are coming back which is really great.’
The pub recently received Cask Marque accreditation for the quality of its beers.
‘Getting the accreditation has really helped us and it’s nice being able to get advice from experts in the field,’ Chris said.