Patrons of The Ship Inn in Pentewan have been saying farewell to Kim Barker, the pub’s popular landlady. Kim took over the tenancy at The Ship 14 years ago and has created a wonderfully homely atmosphere in Pentewan’s village pub, where locals and holidaymakers mix and enjoy each other’s company.

Kim has now decided it’s ‘time to hang up my landlady’s hat’ and to pursue a new career. Although she is staying in the area, she will be hugely missed at The Ship, which many villagers now regard as the village hub. ‘I’m looking forward to the lovely summer days and having a prosecco with her former customers on the right side of the bar!’, she says.

Also leaving The Ship is Kim’s larger-than-life right-hand man, bar manager Andy Sealey, also a popular figure, who ran the pub’s regular Saturday night quiz, even throughout lockdown, when visitors from all over the country and internationally would take part.

On 12th February, The Ship’s final quiz night, Kim presented a cheque for £1,431.40 to Jane Stubberfield (pictured far right), a Trustee at Cornish healthcare charity Cornwall Hospice Care. The donation included the proceeds from the quizzes and from last October’s Mevagissey Shanty Festival.

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Anna Seymour, Community Fundraiser for Cornwall Hospice Care, said: “It’s thanks to long standing friends like Kim that we are able to provide our end-of-life care to patients and their families in Cornwall when they need us and with no charge. Specialist care like this doesn’t come cheap so we’re extremely grateful for all those quiz nights, coffee mornings and auctions that help raise the funds we need. We’re all so grateful to Kim and her regulars for their support for our charity and we wish her all the very best of good fortune as she sets out on a new journey.”

The new tenants at The Ship are Rob and Lucy Brewer, who are leaving the Pier House Hotel with the promise to ‘maintain the cosy local feel that the lovely Kim Barker has established in a busy seasonal pub’. Welcoming Rob and Lucy, Kim said: ‘I can only wish they have as happy a time here as I’ve had’.