I love this pub and spent many happy hours here with friends, some of whom are no longer with us. It would be a terrible loss and once gone we can never get it back again. I'm sure it can be the thriving hub it once was, and so very much more in the hands of those of us who care for it.
The Barge Inn is an amazing place, and the pub itself and the people I have met there, gave me the confidence and strength to carry on during several bad moments in my life.
I believe it is vital to protect viable community pubs from property speculators. The Barge Inn is in an idyllic canal-side location and I believe it can survive and prosper, so I am pledging my financial support.
The Barge was built to serve the needs of the boating families and the horses who transported cargo from Bristol docks to London. The Honey St Sawmill built the iconic Kennet and Avon boats around 1840 they stopped trading about 1958. The Barge played a significant role in Wiltshire's industrial history, a history that is essentially unmarked or recorded. The Barge was the epicentre of the crop circle phenomenon. Media from a cross the globe came to the Barge. Tourists flocked to the Barge as far a field as Japan, Australia and USA. Europeans embraced the Barge. Celebrities got on the bandwagon including American film stars. An episode of Morse was filmed at the pub and an American film directed and performed by Kevin Costner regarding a crop circle. The advisor and maker of the crop circle was associated with the Barge. Wiltshire benefited financially from the international interest in crop circles. It was not a flash in the pan interest it lasted for many years. The Barge is well known throughout the music world as a place where new band are given an opportunity. It has welcomed novelty music. Music that is unique and pressing boundaries. It has been eclectic. Music lovers travel from all counties to listen to music. The closure of music venues is having an affect on the music scene. British music earns a great deal of revenue to the exchequer. This will dwindle without music venues like the Barge. The Barge is a pub that keeps on giving. It created work for the local population and provided for the travelling boating communities. In the early years,the crop circle phenomenon brought revenue into the county and it's support for music has given a platform for musicians. The Barge deserves to survive and thrive. Support the barge!
The Barge Inn is a unique local pub in the Vale of Pewsey, serving a close community of local villages. It's a place that is dear to many people & where I have spent the last 9 years camping meeting many people. It needs to remain in the hands of the local community, who will run the place for & on behalf of the community. Far to many local pubs are closing, with rural communities losing out, so I really hope we get the support that is needed :)