Community rallies round to save Hadstock pub from being turned into housing

PUBLISHED: 10:30 09 February 2015

Friends of The Kings Head in Hadstock have formed a Community Benefit Society to buy the 17th century building.

Friends of The Kings Head in Hadstock have formed a Community Benefit Society to buy the 17th century building.

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A community is rallying round to save its only pub from being turned into housing.

Friends of The King’s Head in Hadstock have formed a Community Benefit Society to buy the 17th century building, and have already raised £100,000 towards the purchase since July.

“This is the only pub in the village, and it’s the heart of the community,” vice chair of the Friends, Derek Bushell, told the Reporter.

“We haven’t got much here, and there’s only one bus a week – it’s important we have this.

“The pub has come up for sale, and we want to make sure that it’s not snapped up by a developer and turned into housing.”

Mr Bushell added that the CBS’s offer on the building – which has been a pub for the last century – had been accepted, but £200,000 more is needed to complete the sale and carry out essential repairs.

“The more money we raise, the more viable the project will be,” he said.

Mr Bushell said it would not have been possible to raise the money collected so far without the help of the Plunkett Foundation, which has helped the group form Hadstock Community Pub Ltd to apply for grants and to purchase shares in the pub.

“The pub is extremely important,” said Brian Farley, a musician who has lived in Hadstock for 33 years.

“Traditionally it’s where people have started events for the community, where people from all different walks of life can meet.” Visit kingsheadfriends.co.uk for more information.


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