Community Ownership Fund Outcome (19 May 2022)

Dear CCPS Members and supporters,

The news we have all been waiting for: today, Countryman’s Community Pub Society Limited received word from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, informing us that our Community Ownership Fund bid has been SUCCESSFUL! The key message from the funders below:

“We’re delighted to tell you that your application for funding was successful. We want to give Countrymans Community Pub £230,000 from the Community Ownership Fund to help save your treasured community asset and support the ambitions of your community.”

This is clearly a huge milestone for CCPS – with the existing £230,000 of community share investment – we have achieved the £460,000 needed to purchase and improve The Countryman’s Inn under community ownership.  

The Committee will be liaising with the COF team over the coming weeks to finalise the next steps, and will be in touch with you all again soon with further updates. The department’s press release can be found here:

In the meantime, a heartfelt thank you from the CCPS committee to all of our investing members, supporters, and our wider network. Your belief in our aims and commitment to the process continues to inspire us. We are very excited to bring The Countryman’s Inn into community ownership. 

So, for now, please visit Lisa and the team at the pub to celebrate this superb community-led achievement! 

With thanks and best wishes to all,

The CCPS Management Committee

Matty Cockburn (Chair), Chris Heap (Vice Chair), Esme Terry (Secretary), Katie O’Connell (Treasurer), Al Lowry, Jonathan Heap, Cathy Guy, Pete Latham, Tom Self and Vicky Jobling

Countryman’s Community Pub Society Limited

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