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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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 for business and providing a warm welcome to all.
The Dog Inn opened its doors on 12 noon on Sunday 15 November and was the venue for the village children's Christmas and the Over 60s parties which were hailed as great successes by all who attended.
The youtube link below will take you to the opening of the Dog Inn by popular villager and friend to many, Jim Fletcher BEM (British Empire Medal).
New Bar Manager
Following the recent recruitment process, the Dog Inn team have now recruited a new bar manager, Shane Gould,
who has already proved to be a great friendly and
welcoming host along with his team, Emma and Lucy.
So please do come to check out Lancashire's first
Community Free-house and join village friends, meet old and new neighbours and make new friends, all in a beautifully cosy welcoming atmosphere with the fantastic new rustic decor and warming open fire. Regular weekly quiz sessions are held each Thursday night starting at
8.30 pm, so arrive early to get a table as it's proving to be very
popular and soon filling up with keen quizers. A "Play-your-cards-right" game and a lively chocolate quiz are
also included on the night to add to the fun.
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 Lancashire); 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!
All shares have now been allocated but if you wish to be placed on the waiting list or 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
Witer 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 they do seem to favour bread which is not supposed to be good for them but they do take it into the water to ensure it's wet when they eat it which is said to be better for their digestion.
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. After a thorough health check undertaken by the Agency's laboratory, an officer trawled the pond and took away approximately 500 fish to stock ponds used by projects which teach children how to fish. He advised that the remaining fish should now thrive and would need checking again in five years time.
He named some of the species of fish present as: Rudd, Roach, Crucian Carp and Perch. Crucian Carp are quite rare and for conservation purposes left all of this species in our pond.
The Pack, Belthorn
Our local Italian, The Pack, has produced a new menu offering three course meals for £13.95 available Tuesdays to Thursdays from 5.30 to 9.00 pm, Fridays and Sundays between 12 noon and 5.30 pm.
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