More Than A Pub
The Royal Oak pub has been at the heart of the community of Crockham Hill for over 500 years. Located in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is key part of this historic Kent landscape that includes Winston Churchill's home of Chartwell, Anne Boleyn's childhood home of Hever Castle, the 14th Century Penshurst Place, and the burial site of Octavia Spencer - co-founder of The National Trust. The pub is also a place to meet and gather with friends and neighbours; a watering hole and a local restaurant; a welcome pit-stop for walkers and tourists; the social hub of the community; and the lifeblood of the small village of Crockham Hill.
The Royal Oak will be sold soon, and our very real concern is that it will be snapped up by developers looking to turn it into residential housing - leading to its permanent closure. We have successfully listed the pub as an Asset of Community Value, meaning the community now has an opportunity to bid to buy and manage it moving forward. We have already raised over half of our £500,000 target, but with only 8 weeks to go until our bid deadline, we still have a long way to go. So we need your help!
British Pubs are disappearing from our towns and villages - we can't let The Royal Oak be one of them!
An estimated 3 pubs are closing daily up and down the United Kingdom, and British pub culture is under threat of extinction unless we act fast. Not only does the pub and beer industry employ 900,000 people and contribute £2.3billion to the UK economy, but recent research by Oxford University has also found that people who have a local pub are happier, have more friends and feel more engaged with their local communities. Pubs help provide space for local people to meet, tackle loneliness, and strengthen the local community. And that's exactly why we're fighting so hard to save The Royal Oak and stop it becoming another statistic. We are delighted to have the support of British model, racing driver and TV personality, Jodie Kidd - who has recently purchased her own local pub and is a committed advocate of community Pub ownership - as well as the backing of The Plunkett Foundation's 'More Than a Pub' campaign which has seen 28 pubs open under Community Ownership so far.
Can you help Too?
If you would like to support our campaign, please donate here, or visit our website to find out more about our unique shareholder opportunity www.savetheroyaloakpub.com
All donations received here will be put towards the purchase of the pub by The Crockham Hill Community Benefit Society Ltd
A Bright Future For The Royal Oak
Once The Royal Oak is brought under Community Ownership, our goal is to transform it into a thriving social hub that better serves Crockham Hill and the wider community, as well as the many walkers, tourists and visitors to the area. The pub will serve local and craft beers alongside a revived menu of freshly-cooked, locally-sourced food. A busy and varied calendar of weekly and monthly events will include quiz nights, live music, specialist food and drink evenings, cultural celebrations, and day-time events for local residents looking for a space to run breakfast meetings, book clubs, church groups, social gatherings and more. The pub will also cater to walkers from Winston Churchill's Chartwell and visitors to Hever Castle, becoming a desirable and welcome pit-stop for anyone visiting our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Our vision is that the pub truly becomes the heart of our village, providing a place to gather, socialize, eat, drink, spend time with friends and neighbours, host parties and events, celebrate holidays and special occasions together, and reduce the isolation of our older residents or those who may live alone.
We are so grateful for any help you can give and are excited to Save Our Pub!