Save The Crown Pub
A community movement to reopen The Crown public house in South Moreton, Oxfordshire
We have emerged victorious in the fight to preserve our cherished pub. On Thursday 27th September, we completed on our purchase of The Crown and we - The South Moreton Community Benefit Society - are now the proud owners of a pub! What a journey it’s been. But thanks to the support of you, our members, The Crown will now stay at the heart of the community.
Renovations will start in the next month - our sad old pub will soon become a hive of activity and in the months to come you’ll see it transformed. Changes to the internal layout will reflect the need to make this a comfortable and inviting venue as a pub, restaurant, cafe and meeting place for community activities.
In the short term, we really need volunteers - can you spare some time to help us with our renovations, both inside and out of the pub? If so get in touch via email or Facebook.
We will be hosting a celebration for the community where we can raise a glass to the success of The Crown - date TBC. Watch this space.
If you share our aim to save The Crown in South Moreton, please invest using the form on the link at the bottom of this section.
Shares are priced at £50 each, minimum purchase 5 shares.
This is a community movement to reopen The Crown public house in South Moreton, Oxfordshire.
South Moreton Community Benefit Society Ltd. is a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 (no. 33916/17)
Open Share Offer
From March 3rd 2018 you will be able to purchase community shares in The Crown by completing the form here.
Shares are £50 each, minimum purchase 5 shares.
Before buying shares, we recommend that you read our business case that can be downloaded here.
How does it work?
It’s easy to buy shares in The Crown.
Download and complete the share form indicating the amount you will invest and post to address on the form
Commit the funds to The Crown Community Benefit Society
You are now a proud shareholder of The Crown!
You can transfer the funds EITHER by online bank transfer to South Moreton Community Benefit Society bank account OR by posting us a cheque for the appropriate amount with the printed share form.
Our Bank Account
Funds can be transferred into our Barclays account. The sort code of the account is 20-65-20 and the account number is 23971090. Please use your name as a reference and don't forget to complete and return the share form which you can download below.
South Moreton Community Benefit Society will store securely the information you have provided and will not share that information with anyone else without your permission.
Campaign launched on 13th Jan at a highly successful Meeting and Social – we have a vibrant Community!
Jo Rolfe and Tristram Kendall presented our vision, current situation and plans. Presentation link
Press Release issued following the meeting. Press Release link
The Share Offer and Business Plan launched March. In the meantime you may like to peruse our FAQs
6th April we submitted an offer of £365,000 to Worthmore to purchase The Crown, was rejected
21st April we held an event at Hall Farm Barn to announce the result of our share offer.
26th April SMCBC applied for a grant from South Oxfordshire District Council.
We hit our target for community investment of £230,000!
Our improved purchase offer of £390,000 has been formally accepted by Worthmore.
Email your questions and comments, also register for our upcoming Newsletter, to firstname.lastname@example.org
“I firmly believe in the importance of keeping local community venues open, especially in rural villages like South Moreton. This meeting was obviously a tremendous success. The number of local people attending, showing their enthusiasm and commitment, and sharing a wonderful social event together was truly heart-warming. It would be great to have a pub here again and, as a Celebrity Masterchef finalist, I’m keen to advise on the menu!”
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The story so far..
In July 2016 our pub was shut by Wadworth's managing agent, hoping to sell it to reopen as a curry house. They removed most of the fixtures and fittings, including the kitchen. The company hoping to turn it into a curry house pulled out, leaving an empty shell. Within a few weeks it was sold to 'Worthmore Investments Ltd', a Ruislip-based property developer, who promptly applied for planning permission to turn the site into three houses. The community in South Moreton has organised and energised: WE WILL FIGHT against the loss of our last social meeting place. So we:
Created a Steering Committee
Listed The Crown as an ‘Asset of Community Value’ (ACV)
Successfully defended the developer’s objection to the ACV in court
Are in contact with The Plunkett Foundation (a charity which gives grants & advice for rural community projects, especially pubs)
Consulted the community on what they want from the pub
Have contacted other co-op pubs in the area, including The Abingdon Arms and The Seven Stars
Have established a Community Benefit Society
Are investigating Grants and Loans and preparing Community Share Offer
Community meeting and social held on 13th Jan. 200+ people and great support to start our Campaign to buy and refit the Crown as a Community Hub.
The Campaign is now live and the clock is ticking to raise funds by 6th April.