PM backs village battle to buy pub

RESIDENTS are trying to raise £275,000 to save the last remaining pub in their village.

The pub campaign in Hailey, near Witney, is already more than a third of the way to the total after raising £100,000 in pledges from its first meeting, and has won backing from the Prime Minister.

The Grade II listed Lamb & Flag is in the village conservation area and is being sold by owners Greene King. The current tenancy ends in September.

Nicola McConville, who lives in Middletown, Hailey, said: “There is a lot of concern that whoever purchases it may not want to run it as a pub.

“If that happens the village, which has a very active and strong community, will lose a really valuable amenity. A village pub plays a fairly vital role in the character and strength of a community and it would be devastating if we lost it.

“But when you get £100,000 on the back of a one-hour meeting, that says something about the level of support there is for this initiative.”

She added: “It is a building in the centre of the village and therefore can be used for a number of things.

“We may include a cafe, so mums dropping off children at school have somewhere to go, and there is currently nowhere in Hailey for teenagers to hang out.”

The group’s first meeting last week attracted about 200 villagers.

Mrs McConville said: “We are looking to form a social enterprise where the community would buy the pub then let it out to the tenant. They would pay rent and, together maybe with a share of the profits, we would pay interest to our shareholders and maintain a fund for the upkeep of the building.

“Any excess money would be ploughed back into community projects.

“It is being marketed at £275,000 so we have a long way to go. What we would love to find is a white knight, who will be prepared to underwrite the share offer.

“We would be looking to interview a tenant so they could be put in place possibly on October 1, once the existing tenancy has expired.”

PM and Witney MP David Cameron said: “I’m pleased to support the Hailey community in their efforts. I have always said that West Oxfordshire is a hub of the enterprising, Big Society spirit and this campaign to save the Lamb & Flag is another wonderful example.”

Greene King spokesman Lucy Clegg said: “The Lamb & Flag is on the market as a public house. Following an extensive property review it was felt that the pub did not fit into our long-term plans.

“The Lamb & Flag will remain open for business as usual until a suitable buyer is found.

“We look forward to continuing to serve our customers in the meantime.”

To contact Hailey Pub Campaign, email haileypc@live.co.uk

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12:54pm Mon 6 Feb 12

Lord Palmerstone says...

Nice smile Tony. Your Banning Party helped to seal the fate of many rural pubs, but of course you and your cronies would never be seen in such vulgar establishments
Nice smile Tony. Your Banning Party helped to seal the fate of many rural pubs, but of course you and your cronies would never be seen in such vulgar establishments Lord Palmerstone

2:30pm Mon 6 Feb 12

King Joke says...

I seem to remember the 'banning party' doing their best to reform the antiquated licensing laws, dating back to WW1, but the other party torpedoing the reforms in the Commons, with the end result that you now get turfed out of your local at 2400 rather than 2300.
I seem to remember the 'banning party' doing their best to reform the antiquated licensing laws, dating back to WW1, but the other party torpedoing the reforms in the Commons, with the end result that you now get turfed out of your local at 2400 rather than 2300. King Joke

8:37pm Mon 6 Feb 12

Darkforbid says...

┄There is a lot of concern that
whoever purchases it may
not want to run it as a pub.


Terrible! But then she goes on:

┄We may include a cafe, so
mums dropping off children at
school have somewhere to
go┄

So they want to buy the pub and turn it into a community centre, expecting to make a profit?
┄There is a lot of concern that whoever purchases it may not want to run it as a pub. ┄ Terrible! But then she goes on: ┄We may include a cafe, so mums dropping off children at school have somewhere to go┄ So they want to buy the pub and turn it into a community centre, expecting to make a profit? Darkforbid

8:41pm Mon 6 Feb 12

King Joke says...

You can make a profit running a cafe. Why not have both?
You can make a profit running a cafe. Why not have both? King Joke

9:02pm Mon 6 Feb 12

LORD PETE MCVAY. OX2 6EG says...

Davey Boy spent this much on his Xmas entertaining. If he was serious then he would buy it, and lease it back. More disgusting soundbites from the we are all it in together trillionaire.
Davey Boy spent this much on his Xmas entertaining. If he was serious then he would buy it, and lease it back. More disgusting soundbites from the we are all it in together trillionaire. LORD PETE MCVAY. OX2 6EG

7:25am Tue 7 Feb 12

Lord Palmerstone says...

LORD PETE MCVAY. OX2 6EG wrote:
Davey Boy spent this much on his Xmas entertaining. If he was serious then he would buy it, and lease it back. More disgusting soundbites from the we are all it in together trillionaire.
KJ I think you'll find your favourite Bogeyman MT dealt with The remnants of the DOR (EP) Act back in the 80's whilst, LPMV, since Blair has properties coming out of his ears there's nothing to prevent him adding this one to his portfolio, is there?Doesn't Blair's disgusting squillionaire trump Dave? You should be very proud of your little collier from Trimdon.
[quote][p][bold]LORD PETE MCVAY. OX2 6EG[/bold] wrote: Davey Boy spent this much on his Xmas entertaining. If he was serious then he would buy it, and lease it back. More disgusting soundbites from the we are all it in together trillionaire.[/p][/quote]KJ I think you'll find your favourite Bogeyman MT dealt with The remnants of the DOR (EP) Act back in the 80's whilst, LPMV, since Blair has properties coming out of his ears there's nothing to prevent him adding this one to his portfolio, is there?Doesn't Blair's disgusting squillionaire trump Dave? You should be very proud of your little collier from Trimdon. Lord Palmerstone

12:47am Wed 8 Feb 12

Reg Ular says...

Reading this article poses a number of questions......one being,

Has it been truly supported by the whole of Haileys "strong and active community"  in the past ?

Which leads to the next question,

Are the people behind the Hailey Pub Campaign regular supporters of the Lamb and Flag ?


Another question is.........

Would it really be that easy for a village pub to be granted "a change of use" as a property, to allow it to be then turned into housing ???

And maybe this poses another question,

 Are the group of people who started up the Hailey Pub Campaign more concerned that a change of use would result in their own property value dropping because there was no village pub ???

Food for thought ......
Reading this article poses a number of questions......one being, Has it been truly supported by the whole of Haileys "strong and active community"  in the past ? Which leads to the next question, Are the people behind the Hailey Pub Campaign regular supporters of the Lamb and Flag ? Another question is......... Would it really be that easy for a village pub to be granted "a change of use" as a property, to allow it to be then turned into housing ??? And maybe this poses another question,  Are the group of people who started up the Hailey Pub Campaign more concerned that a change of use would result in their own property value dropping because there was no village pub ??? Food for thought ...... Reg Ular

3:14pm Wed 8 Feb 12

LORD PETE MCVAY. OX2 6EG says...

Lord Palmerstone wrote:
LORD PETE MCVAY. OX2 6EG wrote:
Davey Boy spent this much on his Xmas entertaining. If he was serious then he would buy it, and lease it back. More disgusting soundbites from the we are all it in together trillionaire.
KJ I think you'll find your favourite Bogeyman MT dealt with The remnants of the DOR (EP) Act back in the 80's whilst, LPMV, since Blair has properties coming out of his ears there's nothing to prevent him adding this one to his portfolio, is there?Doesn't Blair's disgusting squillionaire trump Dave? You should be very proud of your little collier from Trimdon.
M'Lud, as you are well aware,that nice Mr Blair is no more Labour than I am a Sandal Knitter
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LORD PETE MCVAY. OX2 6EG[/bold] wrote: Davey Boy spent this much on his Xmas entertaining. If he was serious then he would buy it, and lease it back. More disgusting soundbites from the we are all it in together trillionaire.[/p][/quote]KJ I think you'll find your favourite Bogeyman MT dealt with The remnants of the DOR (EP) Act back in the 80's whilst, LPMV, since Blair has properties coming out of his ears there's nothing to prevent him adding this one to his portfolio, is there?Doesn't Blair's disgusting squillionaire trump Dave? You should be very proud of your little collier from Trimdon.[/p][/quote]M'Lud, as you are well aware,that nice Mr Blair is no more Labour than I am a Sandal Knitter LORD PETE MCVAY. OX2 6EG

3:47pm Wed 8 Feb 12

King Joke says...

Yes McVey but you've got a yoghurt loom...
Yes McVey but you've got a yoghurt loom... King Joke

9:42am Fri 10 Feb 12

xjohnx says...

Stick to the topic.
Chat rooms for chat please.
Stick to the topic. Chat rooms for chat please. xjohnx
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