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Belthorn, Lancashire - The website for Belthorn village

This is the website for Belthorn village in Lancashire. It's a space for villagers past and present to share information and the latest news on what's happening in our community. If anyone has any recent photos (particularly seasonal photos) taken in and around the village which might be of interest to other villagers, please e-mail them to me on (Jpeg) and I'll put them on the web site for others to enjoy.

The Dog Inn

Come and check out Lancashire's first Community-owned pub!

Big News - It's now Open!

The Dog Inn opened its doors on 12 noon on Sunday 15th November.

Please note that although the usual opening hours will be Monday - Friday 5pm - 11pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 11pm, these are subject to change in the first few weeks as they are still testing all systems. A full re-launch will take place in a few weeks' time, but in the meantime, feel free to come and check out Lancashire's first Community Freehouse!

New Bar Manager
Following the recent recruitment process, the Dog Inn team are delighted to be able to report that they have now recruited a new bar manager, Shane Gould, who will be starting work for us soon. 

Vacancies: Bar Staff and Cleaning Staff
We are currently looking to recruit reliable members to our team. We are looking for bar staff and cleaning staff. If you are interested in these positions, please contact us:
Following our recent recruitment.

Benefits of the newly opened village community pub include:

  • bringing 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.

Dog Inn share offer document is available for download:


Belthorn Village Pond Project

Duck Food needed

Autumn is upon us and greenery in the pond is now dying off leaving our two remaining ducks looking longingly at their empty dish.  

They would love any vegetable peelings, salad etc to be left in their dish but please throw any bread into the water to ensure it's wet when they eat it which is said to be better for their digestion.

Fish Numbers

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. 

An Environment Agency officer attended the pond  in November 2015 to take a sample of appx 30 assorted fishes to England's only fish 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 free of disease.  He later reported the fish to be healthy.

He 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.

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