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The Dog Inn with attached land has now been saved from development. This will secure the future of the pub as a community owned public house
Now that all the 'legals' have been finalised, the Dog Inn has been saved from development and secured as the first community-owned pub in Lancashire. Many congratulations to Kevin and the team for the many hours of work carried out on behalf of the village.
With the help of locals and volunteers supporting the hard-working Dog Inn team, turning up to the pub ready to get their hands dirty by cleaning and help refurbish the building, tidying up the garden and land, the future of the pub will soon become the the central focus of village life - a place for villagers to meet and socialise.
Although enough money had been raised to buy the property and land from the developer, extra funding is still required to carry out essential repairs and
refurbishment in readiness for the pub to re-open.
Set out below are some of the benefits of a co-operative owned pub to help encourage villagers, or friends of Belthorn, to consider buying extra shares in this exciting enterprise.
- bring back community spirit to the village;
- provide a local, comfortable and welcoming venue to have a drink whilst meeting up with friends and neighbours;
- create a central venue for social events to be held for villagers of all ages;
- give pride in the knowledge that our village is the first community co-operative pub in Lancashire (there are many other successful co-operatives but ours would be the very first in Lancs); and
- prevent the Dog Inn field from being turned into housing should the project fail - which could also set a precedent for more development in and around the village.
We should also bear in mind that an improved village environment means a more popular place to live, resulting in increased property prices!
For further details of the share offer or to download share documents please click on the to the Dog Inn (Belthorn) Ltd web site below.
Minutes of recent meetings are available for download below.
Development of Syke Mill from Industrial Units to Residential Development
After searching for alternative premises in vain, UK Installations has
made the decision to buy the Syke Mill premises from the owners. This obviously means that the planned housing development will now not take place.
Belthorn Village Pond Project
The number of fish in the pond has increased dramatically in recent years, so to protect their habitat and maintain a healthy pond the village committee contacted The Environment Agency for advice.
The Environment Agency will again attend the pond in October/November 2015 to take a sample of appx 30 assorted fishes to England's only laboratory for a health check with a view to moving some out of the pond into local community fishing projects, obviously subject to them being without disease.
Their officer was very happy with the condition when he was here in 2014 and health of our pond and named some of the species of fish present as: Rudd, Roach, Crucian Carp and Perch.
Our popular villager (and adjoining Shed owner) Jim Fletcher B.E.M., who was also present to view our fish stocks, thought that there should also be a number of Tench in the the water, introduced by the Agency after a pollution incident several years ago, to help heal fish affected by the pollution. These fish would be found in the silt in the deepest part of the pond.
If the fish stock is pronounced healthy, the Environment Agency will remove an assortment of smaller fish, leaving the larger ones to breed and leave the surface feeders, Crucian Carp, and a number of Perch which will act as natural predators to the others and keep numbers to a manageable level.
The Pack, Belthorn
Our local Italian, The Pack, has offers available, ie Early Bird special - two courses for £9.95, available Tuesdays to Thursdays from 5.30 to 8.00 pm, Fridays between 5.30 and 6.30 pm and also Sundays between 4.00 and 6.00 pm.
Children can eat free from the Children's menu on a one child to one paying adult basis. This offer is available every day except Saturday.
The Pack is also the venue of the village's Committee meetings which will be held bi-monthly on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm.
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