Lincolnshire village calls on volunteers ahead of August reopening of community-owned pub

The Thorold Arms in Harmston, just south of Lincoln, is currently holding ‘work days’, enabling locals to get involved in the renovation of the building prior to its reopening.

The pub served the village from 1760 until January 2018, has been recognised as an Asset of Community Value (ACV), and is hoping to reopen this August.

Thorold Arms Property Company (TAPco), a consortium of 130 investors from the local community who have each bought shares in the pub, purchased the building for £185,000 in September 2018.

David Robertson, a director for TAPco, explained how north Kesteven District Council supported the project with a £39,000 grant.

David says: “The builders have moved on site and have begun work this week.

“Local volunteers have completed significant internal work to lessen the cost and should be congratulated for their hard work and commitment.

“It is important to Harmston that this project is successful because a pub is the hub of a small community.

“Too many have disappeared from our green and pleasant land and we are determined to preserve our heritage and create a new future.”

The British Beer & Pub Association reported a small increase in the number of pubs from 2016 to 2017, only the third year-on-year increase since 2004.

The Campaign for Real Ale report that, on average, twenty pubs close every week and over 10,000 have closed since 2000.

Despite this trend, in 2017 the number of breweries in the UK increased to over 2,000, the largest number since the 1930s.

by Tom McBeth

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