• 27th February

  • The Bevy, 50 Hillside, Brighton BN2 4TF

  • 10:30 – 14:00

Volunteers behind a community owned pub in Brighton  – which was the first of its kind on a suburban housing estate – are set to inspire other communities to save their pubs by sharing their story and experiences.

The Bevy in Brighton will be hosting the More Than A Pub event, and being more than a pub is their underlying philosophy.

The pub is proud to offer “something for everyone” – with community lunches every day, children’s cookery courses, weekly digital drop-in sessions, dementia-friendly creative sessions, a weekly running group followed by a time to chat at the pub afterwards, arts and crafts sessions and a ‘bridge the gap’ lunch for over 50’s making up the spectrum of regular events.

The Bevy – formerly the Bevendean Hotel – was the last pub in the entire neighbourhood when it closed down in 2010. But rather than slipping away into a derelict state or redevelopment for housing, a group of determined residents raised the funds and brought it back to life in 2014.

Hannah Barrett, the Plunkett Foundation’s Senior Project Manager, said: “We are really pleased to be holding this event in such an inspiring suburban pub – one that really broke the mould. We are looking forward to being able to learn and share stories from the Bevy and hopefully give others some fresh perspectives on setting up and running a community pub. I would recommend that anyone interested who is in the early stages of setting up or running a community pub should come along.”

Since reopening The Bevy has been bringing the community together and providing a welcoming space for everyone living locally.

The More than a Pub programme provides business development support and finance to enable the community ownership of pubs in both rural and urban communities across England.

The study visit will be taking place on Thursday 27 February from 10:30 – 14:00.

Follow the links below to read more about The Bevy and to sign up for this event.

“We are really pleased to be holding this event in such an inspiring suburban pub – one that really broke the mold.”  – Hannah Barrett, Plunkett Foundation

Groups are advised to book places early to avoid disappointment.

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For further information, please contact Hannah.Barrett@plunkett.co.uk