Love Your Local: The Portsbridge

LANDLADY Sarah Jeram is in charge at The Portsbridge.   Picture: Malcolm Wells (113159-5692)
LANDLADY Sarah Jeram is in charge at The Portsbridge. Picture: Malcolm Wells (113159-5692)
Andy Elmes on stage with the church band.''Picture Credit: Keith Woodland

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Sarah Jeram has swapped paint brushes and rollers for life as a landlady who mucks in with the crowd.

The 42-year-old has held the reins at The Portsbridge, in Cosham, since Valentine’s Day.

She was originally covering the pumps while the owners looked for a permanent manager – but Sarah fell in love with its atmosphere and warm community. So she packed up her job as a painter and decorator and became a permanent fixture.

Now Sarah, from North End, is tasting life as a landlady for the first time and has taken to the role like a duck to water.

The landlady has pulled together her team of six staff to take part in a daring parachute jump in aid of The Rowans Hospice.

Sarah and the group of four barmen and two women will leap 10,000ft from a plane above Netheravon air field, home of the Army Parachute Association, in Wiltshire, on September 10.

And as well as helping out her chosen charity Sarah is a big supporter of our Love Your Local campaign.

She said: ‘People have a choice. They either use it or lose it. Who wants to see their local pub turn into another superstore?’

Ahead of the jump she said: ‘I’m looking forward to the buzz and the adrenaline from the jump.

‘It’s something I wanted to do for The Rowans because my mum Anne passed away there 10 years ago. The staff there gave me amazing support.

‘They gave me bereavement books to help me and called me every now and again to see how I was. If you speak to most people, at least someone has been affected by cancer in some way. So this is my way of doing my bit for my mum.’

Two weeks ago the pub held a charity night to raise money for the event.

Locals were treated to an evening barbecue and a rousing performance from swing band The Conway Brothers.

The night pulled in £600 towards their £2,000 target amount for the cause.