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£200,000 raised in bid to re-open Kirkby Malzeard pub

£200,000 raised in bid to re-open Kirkby Malzeard pub

Published by Harry Long at 2:45pm 10th March 2020.

A community is a step closer to buying a village pub in Kirkby Malzeard.

  • The Henry Jenkins pub in Kirkby Malzeard closed in 2011.  
  • A community group have been raising cash to buy the pub from its current owner.
  • The owner wants to redevelop the site into housing.   

The Henry Jenkins Community Pub Limited has raised more than £200,000 as part of a share scheme to bring back the Henry Jenkins.  177 people have invested so far.     

The pub been closed since 2011 and, since then, residents have been campaigning to buy it back from its owner.  

They have made several bids to buy it, but the current owner wants to redevelop the site into housing.

'More than a pub' 

A hearing will be held at Harrogate Borough Council offices on 26th March, where evidence will be heard from planners, the owners, Harrogate Borough Council and the Henry Jenkins Community Pub Limited - on whether the site should be turned into flats.   The group is hoping the plans will be rejected. 

 

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Chairman Dave Robinson (right) and Secretary Kevin Ison, of the Henry Jenkins Community Pub Ltd

Dave Robinson is the chair of the Henry Jenkins Community Pub Limited:

"We have high hopes that we are moving forward.  We want to be more than a pub - we want to be welcoming, family friendly, and we're talking to residents to ask them what they would like to be integrated into this pub.  [Re-opening the pub] will bring the community together and help combat social isolation."

"The Heny Jenkins is situated right in the middle of the main street, it's a landmark building.  This has been a pub in the village for 250 years.  It failed because it was bought by a pub company who gradually lost track of what was going on.  It eventually closed down, but we believe we can bring it back to be the heart of the village."

"When you consider that we have 177 people that have invested in the pub, they will all have an incentive to keep the pub going - they are our initial customers.  In Ripon or Thirsk, how many pubs have got 177 regular customers?"

You can find out more about the campaign here.