Save The Crown Pub

A community movement to reopen The Crown public house in South Moreton, Oxfordshire

We are delighted to announce that the newly re-established Crown now has its first tenant. We recently signed the tenancy agreement with Charlotte Waite. Charlotte has worked in the pub trade for fourteen years, is from the local area, and has the support of her family in her new venture. Charlotte is passionate about ales and is Fullers trained, having achieved Master Cellarman Status.
The newly re-established Crown will have a 'grand opening' party for everyone on Saturday May 4th from lunchtime. This will be a chance for us all to celebrate what we have achieved with The Crown. Charlotte and her team very much look forward to meeting the local community.
Your Save The Crown Committee & Charlotte Waite

The Share Offer is still open.
You can still invest!

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.

You can also read the Plunkett Foundation's Model Rules for Community Ownership here.

How does it work?

It’s easy to buy shares in The Crown.

  1. Download and complete the share form indicating the amount you will invest and post to address on the form

  2. Commit the funds to The Crown Community Benefit Society

  3. 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.

Download the share form

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 News

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
“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!”

Ulrika Jonsson

Save The Crown Pub - get involved!

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.

Register your support here!


Email the Steering Committee if you have ideas or suggestions:

Our Supporters

Hannah and Billy Woollen for the Venu
Jane Murphy, District Councillor
South Moreton Parish Council
Plunkett Foundation
Georgina Matthews and the Abingdon Arms Committee
SODC Planning & Legal Team
Lesley Searle and Maria Buckingham for ACV advice
Iain Robinson for marketing & design
SoMo School for stage, equipment and continued support
LSW Wallingford for all hardware for Save the Pub signs
Toby Woollen for Photography
Will Brown for the PA and Wiring
Doug Ayres for the Website
The Bear, Loddon Brewery & Loose Cannon for the beer
Peter Welch for the wine
Androo who’s manning the bar, for manning the bar
The Boxing club for toilet facilities and the heating
And to everyone in the village who has lent their support & expert advice along the way