Pub regulars give Gopsort sailing club a makeover

Staff and regulars from the White Hart pub in Gosport volunteer to paint the St Mary's Junior Sailing Club sheds''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (141407-1) PPP-140513-120234001
Staff and regulars from the White Hart pub in Gosport volunteer to paint the St Mary's Junior Sailing Club sheds''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (141407-1) PPP-140513-120234001

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STAFF swapped pints for paint as they spent the day giving a sailing club a makeover.

Twelve staff from the White Hart pub in Stoke Road, Gosport, went along to the St Mary’s Junior Sailing Club boat shed to give it a lick of paint.

The pub is closed for a refurbishment, so the staff decided to do something useful and volunteered themselves to help.

They headed down to the sailing club and spent the day painting the shed.

Chairman of the club Richard Baker-Jones said: ‘We were delighted to have received this support from the White Hart pub.

‘We were successful some years ago in raising sufficient funds to replace our timber clubhouse but it does need regular maintenance.

‘So it was great that the pub offered to help.’

The sailing club has been in Alverstoke for 50 years and aims to introduce young children to sailing.

It has 50 members aged nine to 15 who sail on weekends throughout the summer.

And for manager of pub Ben Kevern, it was a great way for staff to spend their time off.

He said: ‘We wanted to make our week off count and thought that offering to help out locally would be a good use of our time.

‘I have a passion for boats so it was very rewarding to be able to do something for the club.’

The day was set up by the charity Gosport Voluntary Action.

It spoke to both parties and organised the club’s makeover.

Ian Johnson, volunteer centre co-ordinator, said: ‘We were delighted that we managed to join together an employee volunteering team with a worthwhile community project.

‘We have plenty of other community groups who could use support in tasks such as painting and manual labour.

‘We would love to hear from other employees of groups who would like to help the community for a day.’

Renovation work at the pub includes revamping the garden and the decor inside as well as installing a new projector for the World Cup matches.