Plunkett Foundation, which has been supporting rural communities since 1919, is creating a community pub network funded by Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England. The network will offer bespoke support to help community pubs set up and run sustainably. It will provide tailored advice and resources to increase the pub's local social impact, create more formal opportunities for shared learning on top of Plunkett’s existing advisory services and, importantly, raise national awareness of the community-owned pub model.
A major new support and finance programme to help people take control of their local pub for the benefit of the community has been announced today (Wednesday 9 March 2016) by Community Pubs Minister Marcus Jones MP.
Applications for shares have come from around the world, from Alaska to Australia, via North Carolina, Scotland and Yorkshire. This reflects the movement of residents who hold fond memories of Ash and the Chequers at the heart of their ‘Home village’.
The Half Moon Inn at Balcombe was put up for sale on the open market in April 2016 by Enterprise Inns. After word spread about the alarming prospect of losing the beloved village pub, a working committee was formed to investigate the
Communities encouraged to apply for support following extension of £3.85m ‘More than a Pub’ Programmeandy2018-07-24T09:10:46+00:00
More than a Pub: The Community Pub Business Support Programme was launched in March 2016 as a two-year programme
Stephanie Limb, from Holbrook Community Society, was kind enough to share an article written by her husband following the wonderful news of it opening under community ownership recently:
The Kings Head in Pebmarsh was put up for sale by the owners who retired in September 2016, meaning the pub ceased trading. As the only remaining pub in the village, this news hit the local community hard. A number of locals soon rallied together and set up the Friends of the Kings Head group with the objective of re-opening the Kings Head as a community-owned pub.
The Auctioneers Arms in Caverswall closed its doors in August 2016 and was sold to a property developer, who planned to build houses upon the site. When locals heard of this news, they formed a working committee to investigate the prospect of community purchase and registered it as an Asset of Community Value (ACV).