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.
Campaign to save the Dog Inn and attached land from developers and secure the future of the pub as a community owned public house
Many congratulations to the Dog Inn (Belthorn) Ltd team who have managed to secure the pub as the first community owned pub in Lancashire and the listing of the Dog Inn as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). This will help secure the future of the pub as a central focus of village life and as a place for villagers to meet and socialise.
Although enough money has been raised to buy the property and land from the developer, at
the last count £16,500 is still required to carry out repairs and
Set out below are some of the benefits of a co-operative owned pub to help encourage villagers and their families to make every effort, raid their piggy bank and buy even the minimum amount of 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 would be 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 - 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 have
made the decision to
buy Syke Mill premises from the owners. This obviously means that the planned housing development will now not take place
at this time.
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 attended the pond today (Tuesday 25 November 2014)and took 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 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 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.
Our local Italian, The Pack, also 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 monthly on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm.
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