Marston residents begin campaign to buy village pub
A community is so determined to keep their village pub and shop, which closed after falling into financial difficulties, that they are drawing up plans to purchase the premises themselves.
The Thorold Arms in Marston shut over the summer, leaving residents without a pub in the village, as well as the popular accompanying shop.
On Saturday villagers packed out a public meeting to discuss the future of The Thorld Arms. After seeing the pub listed for sale on an estate agent’s website, citing its development potential, the community is looking into whether they can purchase the building themselves.
An application has already been submitted to South Kesteven District Council to register The Thorold Arms as an Asset of Community Value. The campaigners hope that if this is approved, they will then be given six months in order to raise the money to make an offer to buy the pub, as part of the Community Right to Bid scheme.
Leading the campaign is Marston resident Ian Tyler, who said: “The main point to make is that there can be a sense of isolation in communities that don’t have a place to meet up locally, like the pub.”
Mr Tyler said he was delighted to see around 80 people at the meeting on Saturday, nearly all of whom raised their hands in support of a community buy-out scheme.
In addition to planning fund-raisers, they would like to hear from any potential volunteers and investors in the project. Further details are available at www.save.thethoroldarms.co.uk