At the Bevy Christmas party at the Lectern Pub in Brighton on Friday 13th December, Warren Carter Chairman of The Bevy Committee, announced news which has delighted the residents of Moulsecoomb and Bevendean.
The Bevy has done it!
The Dirty Bombers (whose drummer was french!) entertained the crowd of about 50 people, before Warren Carter announced the news that the Bevy have secured £130,000 funding from the Social Investment Business fund, which when added to the £70,000 already raised locally by the purchase of shares; means the Bevy has reached their £200,000 target.
Warren Carter said on the night:
“Every time I see a boarded up pub or one converted into another poxy supermarket my heart sinks. Where are people meant to meet, to celebrate, to chew over the days events, if there are no community spaces left?”
With pub closures reaching epidemic levels, the residents of Moulsecoomb have bucked the trend and opened a pub.
In December 2010, local residents in Moulsecoomb came together with a ‘cunning plan’.
The Cunning Plan?
To re-open the Bevendean Pub as more than a pub.
Moulsecoomb’s dream come true.
As the Bevy Committee, (a dedicated band of residents and the local Vicar) can account for, countless hours have been spent in meetings and wading through documents to make the dream come true.
As Warren Carter proudly said on the night:
“We raised 70k and had the most co-op members of any pub in the country but unfortunately not the richest. Then we got the phone call about a month ago. We have been successful in getting a £130,000 grant from the Social Investment Business. The Bevy is going to re-open.
The most co-op members of any pub in the country.
“But it will be so much more than a just a pub,” Warren Carter reminds us.
The Bevy will be opening at Easter.
An architect has been appointed and the Bevy hopes to start work in the New Year and the Bevy could be open by Easter.
“We’ve still got a lot of work to do, and need money for our community kitchen and garden which is why we are re-issuing shares.”
“We only went and bloody did it!”
To loud applause, John Wall the Vicar of Moulsecoomb then took to the stage to address the excited and jubilant crowd, to recount a story of a meeting with a lady, who in reply to introducing himself from Moulsecoomb said, “Its where the criminals live,” and asked whether he lived there out of choice, replied, “Yes. I do live in Moulsecoomb out of choice because it is the most amazing place to live.
The Vicar, cheered the crowd with biting remark “The fucking crap we have to deal with!”
Moulsecoomb is the most amazing place to live.
The re-opening of the Bevy is the latest in a long line of amazing achievements for Moulsecoomb.
- A dream come true for all Brighton and Hove Albion Football fans, with the new Amex Football stadium.
- The Keep, a purpose built, state of the art archive centre opened by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.
- Proposed plans of a new 5 star hotel, student accommodation and a new Bridge Community base, close to the Amex stadium.
- The opening of the state of the art Brighton Aldridge Community Academy.
- The go-ahead of the Preston Barrack’s development to create a mixed development of office space, educational buildings, housing, shops, and student accommodation.
- Moulsecoomb Primary School won School of the Year 2012.
- Sussex University and Brighton Racquet Club all within walking distance.
- £1 million restructuring of Lewes Road, a major life-line into the city
Leaving the last word to Warren Carter, “It will not only be somewhere for the people of Moulsecoomb and Bevendean and Brighton to meet but an example to other working class estates of what can be done.”
“We only went and bloody did it!”