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Fight to save village pub has not lost its appetite




Plans to save a community pub in Stoke Ferry continue to gather pace despite the coronavirus disruption.

A campaign group, called Save the Blue Bell has been launched by residents after borough councillors refused to grant permission to the site in December.

Stephen Ward, who is co-leading the group to fight for the pub’s survival, said: “When we emerge from this challenging time, we want Stoke Ferry to have a new hub for our community, a place where people can have a laugh and a chat over a drink or a great meal, and that brings people together and strengthens the solidarity between us all.”

Plans are afoot to re-open the 'The Blue Bell' pub on Lynn Road.
Plans are afoot to re-open the 'The Blue Bell' pub on Lynn Road.

A survey has being sent out to the village, which Mr Ward says shows a huge support for a community pub, so the group know they are “starting from a strong position”.

Mr Ward continued: “We have a draft business plan and financial forecast and soon we will issue news about a share offer so that everyone will have the chance to be a part owner.

“The current global crisis has powerfully highlighted the immense value of community, neighbourliness and mutual support.”

Residents in Stoke Ferry are rallying together to save a pub from becoming housing
Residents in Stoke Ferry are rallying together to save a pub from becoming housing

Plans for a pop-up pub to raise funds for the cause have of course been put on the back-burner due to the pandemic.

"Clearly, pop-up pubs are not going to be possible for a considerable time now," Mr Ward said.

Another public meeting was held last week in which a working group committed to continuing the work to save the Blue Bell during these difficult times.


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