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Community Bid being prepared for The Black Horse Public House


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Black Horse Public House, Park Street, Dry Drayton   Dry Drayton Parish Council met on Tuesday 21 March 2017 before a packed village audience and discussed the future of the village's Black Horse public house.


Chairman Howard Russell explained that the pub had been registered by the Parish Council as an asset of community value. The pub had closed and Councillor Russell had been notified by the owner of an intention to sell it. After the discussion The Council agreed unanimously to notify South Cambridgeshire District Council that a community bid would be prepared with a view to the local community buying and running the pub. The Community then has 6 months to put together its bid and a business plan and raise the purchase price.


Councillor Russell asked for expressions of interest from anyone in the village willing to help with the preparation of the bid, writing a business plan and any other activities connected with the venture. A number of e-mail addresses were collected at the meeting from interested parties. If you would like to be added to the list please e-mail the Parish Clerk clerk@drydraytonpc.org.uk.


You can read on the South Cambs website at https://www.scambs.gov.uk/community-right-bid about the impact that registering the community intention to bid will have on any possible sale or attempt to change the use of the pub or to demolish it.


The Black Horse has been listed is a Grade II listed building since 1985 https://www.historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1127779.



Update 7 April 2017


According to an addendum to the draft parish Council Minutes of 21 March 2017 the freehold has been withdrawn from the market and a lease is still on offer. See: https://sites.google.com/site/drydraytonpc/2017-dates-agendas-and-minutes



Update 16 April 2017


From Anita Cullum, the Parish Clerk, clerk@drydraytonpc.org.uk. Dry Drayton Parish Council has officially submitted, in writing to South Cambridgeshire District Council, on behalf of the village, a notice to bid for The Black Horse. This means that the community now has until 6 September to raise the necessary funds to place a bid.


Bernard Lee of Pub is the Hub will be at the Parish Council meeting next Tuesday (18 April) to talk to the village and answer any questions you have, so please come along. There is an Annual Parish meeting at 7pm which is scheduled to take an hour so we can begin the parish council meeting promptly at 8pm. The Black Horse is one of the first items up for discussion at the 8pm meeting.


Please let Anita know if you plan to come along although it is fine just to turn up on the night.

Please could you also let Anita know if you would be willing to be part of the Black Horse steering group that will lead this project on behalf of the community.


In the meantime, if you’d like to find out more, the following websites are a good place to start:

https://www.pubisthehub.org.uk/ [Pub is the Hub] and https://www.plunkett.co.uk/ [Plunkett Foundation]


Other local village pubs which are at various stages along a similar road are:


Update 31 May 2017 from Judith Bennetton [judithbennetton@gmail.com]


Since the last email in early May we have made a lot of progress.  The BHSG has  grown from 8 to 9  and we have a website and a facebook page and we’re on Twitter!


Do go to our website and see what we’ve been doing. https://www.savetheblackhorse.co.uk/ And the links to Facebook and Twitter are: https://www.facebook.com/SaveBlackHorse/ and https://twitter.com/SaveBlackHorse


Do you have any Black Horse photographs of times and events gone by whether it’s a darts team, pool team, Marquee Team, bus trip, birthday celebration, landlords/ladies, or anything you think could be of interest to others that you would you like to share?  Your photograph(s) wouldn’t even have to leave your possession.  You can take a photograph of your photograph and email it to me on savetheblackhorse.drydrayton@gmail.com or I can come and take a photograph of your photograph.


We are also looking for someone to be our press agent.  Could you interest the local press in our cause?  Why stop at local press?  Do you have any national press/TV contacts? If you think you can help, do get in touch.


If you’re not already on our supporters list would you like to be?  You can sign up on our ‘Save The Black Horse’ website or you can send it to me.  Of course we will not share your address with anyone without your permission.


Judith Bennetton BHSG


Update 30 June 20i7 SAVE THE BLACK HORSE Thursday 6 July, 8 pm, Dry Drayton School.


Dear All


Public Meeting on Thursday 6th July at 8pm to Save the Black Horse


Thanks to all who completed our survey.  To date we have over 190 responses, well above what we hoped to receive.  The response to our statement “Many pubs in the UK have been lost over recent years.  We should save the Black Horse” was overwhelmingly positive at 95%.  Response to other questions was equally encouraging of the BHSG’s efforts.  The comments you added are also much appreciated.  We’ll give you the full results of the survey at the public meeting on 6th July.  




Following the closure of the Black Horse Pub in Dry Drayton late last year, a group of enthusiastic individuals has formed the Black Horse Steering Group (BHSG) with the aim of saving what is the last remaining pub that used to be one of five others in the village.
The aim is to buy the Grade II listed building which has operated as a pub since 1780, renovate it and install a suitable tenant to run it as part of a community based Social Enterprise. The initiative from the BHSG has already met with widespread approval from a variety of organisations such as the Plunkett Foundation, Pub is the Hub, CAMRA and local breweries. It is intended that the community owned venture serves the need of Dry Drayton above and beyond that traditionally offered by a “pub” and will potentially include a café, small store for essentials etc.


Awareness and feedback


Thus far the BHSG has organised various activities to raise awareness for the cause including presence at the recent Beer Festival in Cambridge. In order that a rejuvenated Black Horse can serve the local villages and communities effectively, we would encourage everyone from surrounding villages to take part in our survey and subscribe to our newsletter which can be accessed from our website www.savetheblackhorse.co.uk/survey/


Investment Opportunities

A Public Meeting will be held in Dry Drayton at the School Hall or adjacent marquee on Thursday 6th July 2017 at 8.00pm where the business plan for the pub will be presented along with details of very attractive opportunities for the people of local villages and communities to make investments or loans into the Social Enterprise. The BHSG would like to encourage anyone interested in such investments to attend the Public Meeting or register their interest through the website or email details shown below.


Non- Financial Contributors

You can certainly help by becoming a Black Horse Customer.


In addition to very helpful and informative meetings with the Plunkett Foundation and Pub is the Hub we have met up with some of the Steering Committee in Harlton who have been giving us the benefit of their experience.  We were pleased to hear that they have just reached their target to purchase the Hare and Hounds. Harlton is half the size of Dry Drayton.


If you have further ideas for the pub, would like to help or have any other questions or thoughts please email us at info@savetheblackhorse.co.uk
Please help us to serve local villages and communities and save the Black Horse.  All welcome at the Public Meeting on Thursday 6th July at 8pm

Yours sincerely

The Black Horse Steering Group

Adrian Bennetton, Andrew Henderson, Ash Bavalia, Ed Fleming, James Adams, Judith Bennetton, Liz Callis, Rob Lunn and Robbie Hawkes
www.savetheblackhorse.co.uk Twitter/Facebook: @SaveBlackHorse invest@savetheblackhorse.co.uk