Villagers get £230,000 from Government to buy pub

The Countryman's Inn in Hunton.

A community is celebrating after receiving £230,000 from the Government to help it buy a village pub.

The Countryman’s Community Pub Society (CCPS) has been told its bid for money from the Community Ownership Fund bid has been successful.

The society’s committee said in a statement to members: “This is clearly a huge milestone for CCPS.

“With the existing £230,000 of community share investment, we have achieved the £460,000 needed to purchase and improve The Countryman’s Inn under community ownership.”

The committee said it would be working with Government officials in coming weeks to finalise the release of the money.

It added: “In the meantime, a heartfelt thank you from the CCPS committee to all of our investing members, supporters, and our wider network.

“Your belief in our aims and commitment to the process continues to inspire us. We are very excited to bring The Countryman’s Inn into community ownership.

“So, for now, please visit Lisa and the team at the pub to celebrate this superb community-led achievement.”

Announcing their bid had been successful, the Government told CCPS: “We’re delighted to tell you that your application for funding was successful.

“We want to give Countryman’s Community Pub £230,000 from the Community Ownership Fund to help save your treasured community asset and support the ambitions of your community.”

The pub is the latest in Richmondshire set to become community-owned.

Successful purchases have already taken place in Hudswell, Gunnerside and Carlton, with the Travellers Rest in Skeeby currently being renovated after it was bought bu villagers.

Efforts are also being made in Redmire by local residents to but the village’s Bolton Arms pub.