A CAMPAIGN to save a historic pub from permanent closure is hoping to raise funds and get the views of the community it could go on to serve.
The Holly Bush in Little Leigh was put up for auction earlier in the summer when the last owners retired and ever since then, local residents have banded together to try and save the thatched pub.
Simon Appleton, Chairman of the campaign, said: “We’ve now established The Holly Bush Pub Ltd as a not-for-profit company with the aim of buying the pub and running The Holly Bush as a community venture.
“Community ownership of pubs has been successfully achieved all over the UK and we’ve been talking to various groups to learn how they did it.
“Community pubs provide wonderful places for the community to come together.
“They put local produce and drinks at the core of their offer, supporting local farms and smaller craft producers.
“That’s exactly what we want to do.”
The campaign is now moving up a gear. A community survey has been launched to try and better understand attitudes to the pub and its closure.
The survey will also gauge the appetite for a community share offering. No commitment whatsoever is required at this stage and any share offer would be done through a legal process.
Simon added: “The group is run by enthusiastic volunteers but before they can lead a bid to buy the pub the team needs to undertake legal and other preparatory work.
“An online crowd funding has now been launched to fund this.
“We’ve done a lot of research and are ready to progress to the next stage and the survey will gather views and ideas on where we take the campaign.
“We’re also on the lookout for more volunteers who can help secure the future of this wonderful Cheshire pub.”
You can support the campaign via its Go Fund Me page HERE.
To take part in the survey about the future of the pub as a community venture, you can do so HERE.