Cornard pub provides refuge for cyclists

LANDLORDS at a Great Cornard pub welcomed more than 100 cyclists as part of a charity bike ride.

Wendy and Bob Hedley, who own the Fives Bells, gave those completing the Help for Heroes Ride to Recovery a place to rest their weary limbs last weekend.

Riders on the 35 and 70-mile routes enjoyed lunch and took refuge from the rain in the pub.

“We are big supporters of Help for Heroes and think what they are doing to help wounded servicemen and women is fantastic,” said Bob.

“On the day, it was great to see everyone showing their support. Everyone was in great spirits and even the rain did not put them off.”

The bike ride was taking place to raise money for the charity’s Recovery Centre in Colchester, which opened in May. The facility cares for wounded, injured and sick soldiers from the area.

After leaving the pub, cyclists pedalled their way through Little Cornard, Newton and Leavenheath, before finishing in Colchester.

It is not the first time Wendy and Bob have pulled out all the stops for the cause. Earlier this year, their VE day celebrations saw the pub decked out with camouflage, raising £4,000 for Hedley Court.