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Can residents save a village pub?

Can residents save a village pub?

Published by May Norman at 8:16am 24th June 2019.

Community club together to save village pub

  • A community are clubbing together to raise cash to buy a village pub near Ripon.
  • Since 2017, locals in Kirkby Malzeard have been campaigning to save the Henry Jenkins pub from being turned into housing.
  • Now they've launched a share scheme where residents invest in the building - and hope to buy it back from the owner.
  • They want to return it to its former glory as a community-run pub.

A long-running campaign to save a village pub near Ripon is stepping up a gear.

Locals in Kirkby Malzeard have been trying to save the Henry Jenkins pub since 2017.

There are plans to redevelop it into housing.

But now residents want to buy back the derelict building and restore it as a community-run pub.

Dave Robinson is the chair of the Henry Jenkins Community Pub Limited - a society formed to save it:

"Kirkby is a lovely village in a lovely area of the country. But it's one of those villages that is gradually losing its amenities. We've lost pubs here in the past - Henry Jenkins being one of them. We've lost our post office too.

"By bringing the Henry Jenkins pub back will give people more choice - you might attract more peoplpe into the centre of village. All the facilities in the village would get an uplift - the shops and village hall - and there would even be a spin off for the other pub down the road."

Members of the community can now buy shares into the Henry Jenkins pub to help transform it.

Deadline to express an interest is 5th of July.

The Henry Jenkins Community Pub Limited intend to place a bid with the owner to buy the property before the 5th July.

Dave continued:

"Kirkby Malzeard is very lucky to have a a group of people who are passionate about saving their historic landmark for future generations and who are contributing by purchasing shares to enable a community buyout and restoration. The intention is to fund the building purchase price and redevelopment cost – at least as much as possible - with community shares with any shortfall covered by available grants and loans. This will allow the parish to buy a part of their historical heritage and build a new community venture together.

"We would like to encourage everyone to club together to save this ancient inn. Henry Jenkins may never have touched a drop here himself but help preserve his name and memory for posterity by restoring it to life! Perhaps you might have links to Kirkby Malzeard or you might just want to step in and support ‘community’ over ‘development’. Maybe your club or society might like to pool resources together to buy a share and have a lovely certificate to display on your club house wall. Businesses – buy a share! The purchase won’t be tax deductible but you will have acted philanthropically to support a worthwhile community initiative! What do you buy as a birthday present for the relative who has everything?  Part of a pub!"

Terms and conditions are on the Henry Jenkins website - with a Membership Application link on the front page.

No share purchase money will be asked for until the building has actually been acquired by the Henry Jenkins Community Pub Ltd.

Completing and returning a Membership Application Form to buy a share needs to be done by 5th July.

Henry Jenkins Inn
Chairman Dave Robinson and Secretary Kevin Ison, of the Henry Jenkins Community Pub Ltd

Chairman Dave Robinson and Secretary Kevin Ison, of the Henry Jenkins Community Pub Ltd have celebrated the posting of the first Community Share Certificate.

This certificate is a part of the first tranche of 60 certificates to be posted this week with share values ranging from £250 to £5,000.