7 pubs which are run by their community
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When pubs are forced to shut their doors, the closures rarely go without outcry.
Petitions, campaign and fights for extra protection begin and, sometimes, a group of volunteers willing to take it on steps forward.
While some efforts fail to become a reality, many do - and the region is now home to several community-run pubs.
- White Horse, Upton
They were given support from the Prince's Countryside Fund (and received a visit in February 2016 from the Prince of Wales), Broadland Community Grants, Broadland Community Renewables and Norfolk Community Foundation.
- The Locks Inn, Geldeston
From the oldest to the newest - the Locks Inn at Geldeston reopened to customers on May 13, with 1,400 shareholders who secured the future of the pub.
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- Beeston Ploughshare
The campaign to buy the Ploughshare began in March 2016, after the pub closed.
By December 2017, the village had raised more than £150,000 via a successful share offer, fundraising events and grants. It was officially purchased in January 2019 and has been run successfully since.
- King's Arms, Shouldham
When the King's Arms closed in 2012, the village was left disappointed. A campaign to reopen it began in 2013, and by October of that year - helped by a tweet from Stephen Fry - the group reached its target of £150,000 shares sold. One hundred and eighty-nine people had invested.
By January 2014, the purchase was finalised and the Shouldham Community Enterprises became the pub's official owner.
- Fox Inn, Garboldisham
It was after a lengthy 10-year closure that people in the community decided something needed to be done and the pub needed a new lease of life.
Today, it is staffed by volunteers and runs popular Saturday night street food events.
- Westhall Community Pub
When The Racehorse, near Halesworth, closed in 2016, villagers came together to make their dream of running the pub a reality.
They did so in December 2019, by rental agreement, and still have the goal of purchasing it. As of May 9, the group had reached its first shares target of £25,000 - and are aiming for £100,000 next.
- Gressenhall Swan
While it's not currently open, the team behind the Save Our Swan campaign have raised £260,000 through community share sales in just six weeks, thanks to 430 investors.
It has also been awarded £100,000 by the More Than a Pub Scheme. After getting the keys in January 2021, work is ongoing to get it ready to open.