Royal Oak pub raises money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice

St Wilfrid's Hospice's Sandra Sedgewick receiving a cheque from The Royal Oak landlord Greg Brady, with staff and events organiser Stuart Campbell (middle back)  Picture by Louise Adams C130773-2
St Wilfrid's Hospice's Sandra Sedgewick receiving a cheque from The Royal Oak landlord Greg Brady, with staff and events organiser Stuart Campbell (middle back) Picture by Louise Adams C130773-2

A COMMUNITY came together to celebrate music this month – and the importance of its village pub.

The Royal Oak, in East Wittering, is currently the proposed site for a Co-op.

But more than 600 villagers turned out to see 12 bands performing on Saturday, June 1.

“Basically, myself and Stuart Campbell and one of my business partners decided we wanted to do a charity event,” said Greg Brady, the pub’s landlord.

Speaking of the imminent threat to the pub’s future, he said: “We’re doing our best to try to bring this pub back to the village.

“We had the idea of having a music festival.”

However, after saying children had to leave by 7pm, they were able to accept a further 200 people.

“It was hugely successful,” said Greg.“We couldn’t have prayed for better weather.”

There was a range of genres, including blues, rock and reggae.

The event raised around £1,500 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice which was handed to them on Monday.

n As the Observer went to press the Co-op submitted its application for the site to the district council.