Villagers urged to ‘dig a little deeper’ to save Wensleydale pub

The Old Horn. Photo: Gordon Hatton.

A community campaign to buy a Wensleydale village pub is within a few thousand pounds of the target needed to apply to the Government for match-funding, villagers say.

The Old Horn in Spennithorne has been closed since September.

A community group set up by villagers in Spennithorne and neighbouring Harmby aims to buy the pub, renovate it, and reopen it.

The estimated cost of buying and renovating the Old Horn is £360,000.

It is hoped to raise half that amount through the sale of shares to unlock government funding.

Shares went on sale last month. Today, the campaign revealed that £151,000 has been pledged so far.

A further £14,000 is all that is needed to hit the minimum of £165,000 — the sum which is required to trigger an application for match-funding.

If the minimum is raised by next week, the share offer will be extended in an attempt to secure the full £180,000 half-share of the bill.

In a message to supporters today, the Old Horn Community Pub Society Ltd has appealed for a big push to reach the minimum figure by next week.

The group said: “We are only going to get one chance to save this important and historic local amenity so please do speak to people you think may want to help, may not be aware of the campaign, or may be able to dig a little deeper.

“This is so close to reality now, you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.”

Anyone wishing to buy shares (the minimum commitment is for five hundred £1 shares) should contact OHCPS SHARE OFFER c/o Alan Cape, Howden Lodge, Spennithorne, DL8 5PR or OHCPS SHARE OFFER c/o Ann Gamble, Rivendell, Hillfoot, Harmby DL8 5PH.

The share offer closes on January 24.

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  1. We are the owners of The Old Horn Inn and have reiterated our offer previously made to the Old Horn Inn Community Group to fund the outstanding difference, albeit interest free, does still stand if required.

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