Wensleydale community group buys village pub

The Old Horn. Photo: Gordon Hatton.

Villagers in Spennithorne and Harmby have got the keys to their village pub after a successful fundraising campaign.

The Old Horn Community Pub Society Ltd has taken possession of the building this week and is now seeking tenants to take over the running of the pub.

The group is also looking for builders who will be given the task of renovation and repair where necessary.

The doors of  the Old Horn in Spennithorne have been closed since September last year.

The community group has been able to purchase the pub after a successful application the Government’s Community Ownership Fund.

“It’s difficult to believe that the two villages have managed to achieve this fantastic result in the space of less than six months,” said campaign chairman Richard Wortley.

“Our share offer only went live shortly before Christmas.

“To have raised £180,000 from shareholders – mainly local people, but with some supporters from all over the country –  and then to win in the competitive process for match-funding from the Government is something we hardly dared hoped for.

“It just shows what can be achieved when communities like ours pull together for the common good.”

The society is inviting quotes from builders for the renovation work, and people with an interest in running the pub on the communities’ behalf are being encouraged to apply for the tenancy.

“We are looking for enthusiastic, experienced people who are up for providing a warm and welcoming focal point for Spennithorne and Harmby – a place everyone in our villages, young or old, will want to visit,” added Mr Wortley.

“The renovations will create a pub which is bright and friendly, and at the same time will retain all the features of a traditional Yorkshire Dales inn.

“There will be excellent locally-brewed beers, fine locally-sourced food, and for visitors to the Dales, two ensuite double bedrooms with magnificent views over the valley. It will be a real community hub.”

Anyone interested in being considered for the tenancy should contact oldhorninnrecruitment@gmail.com

It is hoped the Old Horn will reopen for the first time since September last year before the end of the year.

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  1. Good luck and let’s hope the friendly and welcoming atmosphere is retained.

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