The Redgrave Community Society Ltd Management Committee

Stephen Eason (Chairman)

Stephen has lived in Redgrave for over 30 years and welcomes the opportunity to help carry on the good work in making the Cross Keys a significant asset to the community. Although semi-retired, he continues to work as an engineering consultant, whilst still finding time to indulge his interest in cycling and walking.

John Giddings (Treasurer)

John has been a resident in Redgrave since March 2006, and a member of Redgrave Parish Council for much of the period since then.  He qualified as an accountant in 1976 and had 30 years’ experience in financial and treasury management, principally in insurance and banking.  He set up the financial systems for Redgrave Community Shop in 2007 and acted as Treasurer for 8 years.  He recently resigned as Treasurer of Thelnetham Windmill – a position he has held since 2014.

Julie Moore (Secretary)

Julie moved to Redgrave in 2012.  Having now retired, she spent her career in the finance sector. Julie has been instrumental in the work done so far with the pub project, she is also involved as a volunteer in the village community shop and secretary to the Redgrave Garden Club, she also actively supports many of the other village clubs.

Neil Smith 

Neil moved to Redgrave 7 years ago and purchased Knoll Cottage next to the Cross Keys. Having spent 12 years living and working in America where he missed the atmosphere and community spirit of a traditional English pub he was especially keen to buy a house in a village with a pub. Neil lives with his wife Sam and two young children. He has a degree in agriculture and has worked for Shelbourne Reynolds in Stanton for the last 23 years and is now Sales Director and is also heavily involved with product development, design and manufacture. Neil joined the Parish Council 2 years ago and is now Vice Chairman.  He enjoys DIY, walking cycling and most outdoor activities.  Neil is committed to raising his young family in Redgrave and is keen to contribute as much as possible to help turn the Cross Keys into the traditional village country pub and community hub that the village deserves it to be.

Andrew Dickson 

Andrew Dickson has lived in the village for the last 17 years and is keen to see the pub re-established as the heart of the community. He owns a financial planning firm in Rickinghall and it looks inevitable he was going to end up as treasurer of the organisation. His interests are ranging across gardening, model building, stamp collecting and a bit of painting, amongst other things.

Donna Nevitt

Donna has lived in Redgrave for virtually her entire life and over the years has been a frequent Cross Keys visitor, even waitressing there during her college days.  Having been co-opted onto the committee in November 2018, she is aware of the amount of work the committee members put in to make the pub succeed.  Due to work commitments she is unable to devote as much time as others but will still do whatever she can to help the Cross Keys become successful and be at the centre of our community.  She feels strongly that having a pub is essential to village life prosperity.

She is probably best known for running the village football club; something she has done since the early 1980s.  Coupled with the fact that she grew up in the village, she believes that she can represent different sectors of the local community.  Her wish is that we should have a facility that appeals and is supported by all.

She has a young family and works as a Nurse Practitioner as well as running the football club.  This has given her varied and valuable experience and skills in many areas which she considers would enhance the success of Redgrave Cross Keys.

Carolyn Ward

Carolyn has loved Redgrave since she was a child and has lived in the village for over 20 years. She remembered The Keys as a vibrant meeting place and was delighted when the opportunity arose for the pub to return to its former glory.

A children’s speech and language therapist for more than thirty years. Now a desk bound manager used to dealing with recruitment, staff management, service development and complaint investigation, Carolyn enjoys beekeeping and gardening in her spare time.

A passion for an eclectic range of well-kept real ales and a desire to continue to develop The Keys as a welcoming community hub are the key reasons for joining The Keys team.

Ben Hopwood

Ben has lived in Redgrave and the surrounding villages for his entire life, spending over 13 years working in various roles in the hospitality industry at the White Horse South Lopham, our very own Cross Keys at Redgrave and, most recently, the Bell Inn Rickinghall which included looking after the day to day running of the former two during the business owners’ absence.

He enjoys following numerous sports, cooking and days out with his daughter Olivia. From a pub point of view, he is a keen pool and darts player but also partakes in enjoying live music, good home cooked meals and charity events that bring communities together.

Suzi Lawrence

Suzi moved to Redgrave in 2007 with her husband, 2 children and a selection of furry and feathered critters. One of the bonuses (main reason!) in finding their dream house in a picturesque village was the local pub!

In a previous life she worked as an underwriter in the City of London, and it is fair to say she spent many a lunch-time – and considerable after-work-time – in a drinking establishment of some kind! From spit and sawdust boozers, to high end wine bars, pub grub to Michelin starred restaurants; they each had a special quality.

In her career she has worked as part of a team and headed a team. She started at the bottom and rose up through the ranks with hard work and diligence, but most importantly, by listening to and learning from those around her who could pass on their expertise. She left that life 19 years ago to take on her most demanding role to date; a full-time mother.

She has seen a few landlords come and go in the time she’s been here, each trying to turn the pub in to their vision of what a country pub should be. There were mixed reviews on all!  “You cannot please all of the people all of the time, but there is a way to overlap and unite people. Customers want to feel valued by staff, be they passing through or regular attendees!”

Suzi would like to see The Cross Keys flourish, to be the phoenix who rises from the ashes. She wants people to come to our pub because they heard it was good, because it’s worth the drive over!   “Word of mouth is just old fashioned social media, and it works well, but in a bustling and competitive market, we need to look at retention, as well as new business! Friendly and courteous staff, that work in harmony, can be a big influence on where people choose to spend their money, and when it’s good: it’s the icing on the cake.”

What Suzi brings to this table is not the expertise of years working behind a bar, but decades of standing in front of it!