PUB landlord Cliff Parry found a new role for a day – running a soup kitchen-style service during a power blackout.
Electricity supplies in South Harting were cut off for almost seven hours on Wednesday last week while power was connected to a new development and maintenance work was carried out.
But villagers rallied round to help each other and Mr Parry’s pub, the Ship Inn, became a focal point with soups, stews and hot drinks on the go all day, and blazing fires providing warmth against the cold outside.
With the village shop forced to close, the Ship also took on one of its duties, supplying newspapers.
Mr Parry said: “People seemed pleased at what we were doing and among those who came in here were a lot we had not seen before.
“We also had Thermos flasks to take round with warm drinks to people who couldn’t get to us, and it was all very well received.
“There was quite a community spirit in here,” he added.