As there is quite a lot that we can report about this seminar we will post reports of it in bite size chunks over forthcoming days. We will however start by giving a flavour of what happened yesterday below.
Don Foster MP (below), the Minister for Community Pubs, looking very dapper in his black dinner suit, welcomed us all to the seminar & he proudly pointed out that the Department was fully supportive of campaigns to save their local pubs.
|Don Foster, Minister for Community Pubs|
Tessa Blunden, from the campaign that saved The Ivy House pub in south London for its local community also spoke http://www.ivyhousenunhead.com/.
|Tessa Blunden, Ivy House pub, Nunhead, south London|
We also heard a great success story from Lance Doughty about the Fleece Inn at Hillesey, in the Cotswolds http://www.thefleeceinnhillesley.com/ where a community campaign led to the pub being saved for its community. Additionally, Stephen Harrod, from the Bull Inn at Great Milton in Oxford spoke about the successful campaign to save the pub for that local community.
The seminar also gave the opportunity for representatives from various organisations that work with campaigns wanting to save their pubs to speak with campaigners. These organisations included -
- Locality http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/.
- CAMRA http://camra.org.uk/
- Community Shares http://communityshares.org.uk/
|Campaigners discussing their local options|