We need your help and support in buying The Plough Inn pub so we can reopen this for our community as:
Four years ago the brewery that owned the pub sold it to a developer whose sole intention was to convert the building to houses. He's made 2 planning applications and appealed which has been refused each time. He has now finally accepted our offer to buy the building if we don't buy now, we may loose the chance forever.
This was the last facility within walking distance of our village, the last green space, the last place to meet friends and neighbours. Since this has closed social isolation has increased.
We applied and achieved an ACV in 2015 – fast forward 4 years and we have finally had our offer accepted by the vendor.
We can buy The Plough, with your help!
We need to raise £80,000 in community shares to give us the deposit and sufficient funds required to establish this project. Then with funding and a loan we will purchase and start to renovate this iconic building.
The first stage of shares, funding and loans will allow us to buy and open the function room with toilets and a bar.
Your contribution will be supporting a community project, local employment, along with improving the lives of many lonely and isolated people.
4 years ago we had a typical village pub, where many functions took place and everyone could get a drink and a meal as well as meet their neighbours, family and friends. Many years ago this was a thriving village pub where booking a table was essential, regular events took place, the darts and pool team were doing well and the village had a heart and community to be proud of. We can build this again together, and keep it in the hands of the community so it wont be sold for profit again to the detriment of the village.
Our vision is to establish The Plough as a friendly facility for all our local community and visitors, and to be accessible to all.
Our hope is that we can, along the way, alleviate isolation and loneliness, encourage community spirit and make all our lives more enjoyable.
Please help us save this building and rebuild our community.
Covenham currently has approximately 18 building plots, new builds or houses for sale, all of which are adding to the housing market and further creating a need for the last remaining social space to be kept as such, so we came together as a village and formed a steering group to decide just how we could prevent this from happening.
All 10 members are home owners from our village. 7 out of 10 members are self-employed and 6 members work from home. Our group is formed of members that have been in the village 18 plus years to some newer residents that moved in last year. We all have the same desire to build a community hub which is not just a pub, but also a social venue that brings people together to learn and grow.
Our steering group want to meet the village needs, want to bring cohesion and community spirit back to the village that has been missing during these last 4 years, so we will be reopening The Plough as a community owned hub. Our blue print is based on the results of a whole village questionnaire, where every household was asked what they would want from the building, what would improve their lives and in their opinion what would bring the village together. As the results and support was so positive, we registered our group as a Community Benefit Society with asset lock (Covenham Plough Community Hub Ltd).
Our business plan reflects the village needs, now we want to raise the funds to make it happen and to deliver this project for the village of Covenham and put the heart and soul back into our community.
Thank you for your time and interest and hope to see you at our Grand Opening Event!