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Issue: July at  18 July 2013


THE managers at the Freshfield pub on Massams Lane in Formby are getting ready to celebrate their first anniversary running the pub.  Steve Gregory and Simon Cox re-opened the doors to the popular community pub on 23 July 2012, following an extensive 6 figure sum make over. The central wall was knocked through, making the pub more open and sociable, the food and drink menus were improved and 2 more hand pumps were installed, making the pub famous for having 14 cask beers.

In just 12 months, the managers have a lot to celebrate. Staff and customers raised over £6,500 for charity, £4,500 of which was raised in aid of "Donna's Dream", a local charity set up in in memory of local woman Donna Osborne, who was sadly lost to brain tumour. The remaining £2000 was donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Greene King pub has also received 2 Campaign for Real Ale awards; the Southport and District pub of the year and more recently, the Merseyside pub of the year. The pub impressed an independent panel of experts who scrutinised the team's beer knowledge and put their customer service to the test.

Steve Gregory, joint manager of the Freshfield pub, said:- "What a first 12 months it has been! The response to the refurbishment has been positive since the day we opened the doors and the lovely feedback we continually receive makes everything worthwhile."

Simon Cox, joint manager of the pub, continued:- "We really work hard as a team to ensure we put our customers first, making sure everything is just right."

The pub prides itself on not only value, service and quality, but also innovation, such as being one of the first pubs in the country to install Wild Berries Rekorderlig on draught.

Richard Lewis, managing director for Greene King Locals Pubs, said:- "Congratulations to Steve and Simon for an excellent first year. They are a first class Greene King pub management team and a prime example of how pubs should be run. I hope our customers appreciate them as much as we do."

To celebrate their first year at the pub, Steve, Simon and their team will be hosting a cask ale week from 22 July to 28 July 2013. This will be the 3rd festival the pub has held since Steve and Simon joined the pub. There will be 80 beers available during the week and the pub will also host "meet the brewer" sessions.

Postponed event notice:- "In Conversation With Simon Rimmer"

"ON behalf of Little Atom Productions, I am sorry to announce that, due to unforeseen circumstances, the In Conversation With Simon Rimmer event due to take place at St George's Hall, Liverpool on Tuesday, 30 July 2013, is to be postponed to a future date, yet to be confirmed. Full refunds are available but those ticket holders who simply want to transfer their seat allocation to the future event date (which will be announced shortly) are very welcome to do so. For assistance and information please contact Gemma Aldcroft of Little Atom Productions via email or calling them on:- 07775 567192. We apologise for any inconvenience caused."

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