It’s been a very bad week for Brighton boozers.
The Cuthbert and Newmarket Arms have been lost to housing, while the property vultures are circling over the Rosehill Tavern.
Whatever you think of these pubs, once they are lost, they are gone forever from the community and we need more than smart phones and shopping to nourish the soul.
However, there’s one place that is nearly ready to open four years after being closed down.
Thanks to a few pig-headed residents, a superhero Vicar, hundreds of shareholders and a government grant, the old Bevendean Pub has been transformed and is set to become the first co-op pub on a housing estate in the UK. Building work has now finished but we need just a bit more money to get us over the finishing line.
Instead of brick dust we can nearly taste our first pint!
Our strapline has always been that it will be so much more than just a pub and one of the reasons we got the grant was because of letters of support from groups as diverse as the local brownies, NHS, Albion in the Community and residents groups. It will be a community hub, something for everyone, somewhere for people to meet, to chew over the day’s events and get to know our neighbours.
We still need £40,000 to kit out the kitchen, fit and stock the bar, put in the cellar and build the pub garden.
So can you help?
- Have you brought your share yet?
- Could you afford to invest in a few more?
This is your chance to not only be part of a little piece of history but also play your part in bucking the trend of 18 pubs closing every week.
Come along to our drop in day on Sunday 27th April between 12 noon-4pm and see what a group of determined people can achieve.