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Pub Saving Award

About the Award 

The Pub Saving Award recognises people that have come together to save a pub that would have otherwise been demolished or converted to another use. It aims to secure publicity for pub-saving campaigns to encourage others to save their local.

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Nominations are currently closed. 

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Current Winner

Puzzle Hall Community Pub Ltd

The Puzzle Hall Inn in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire occupies a 17th century building located between the canal and river. However, after a period of closure, it was fast falling into a derelict state and community efforts began to save what was both a local and regional institution. Crowd funding was launched in 2017 and campaigners received critical social investment from Big Society Capital, the More Than a Pub fund, the Plunkett Foundation, Calderdale Council and the Key Fund. With their help, an offer was made and accepted in 2018.

Work then began to refurbish the building, with many volunteers and professionals working to bring it back to life. By December 2019 sufficient progress had been made to enable the pub to re-open. At the time of writing (February 2021) work was continuing on the refurbishment, inevitably hindered by the pandemic.

Current Runner-up

Tollerton Flying Club

The Air Hostess is a relatively modern pub in the village of Tollerton, south of Nottingham. Local people successfully applied for it to be registered as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) in 2017 and when owners Everards put it up for sale, a group was formed to exercise the community right to bid powers that ACV status confers. A major fundraising exercise began which saw over 400 residents purchasing shares and in March 2020 the sale by Everards to the community was completed.

The pub was entirely re-designed by a local architect and interior designer, achieving a 25% increase in internal space along with a fresh, contemporary look and bold new colour scheme. An efficient multi-fuel stove was installed to ensure cosiness for the cold winter nights. All this work was project managed by volunteers and the end result was hailed as a testament to the strength of the local community, even in the difficult times of 2020.

Air Hostess - PSA runner up

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