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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.

Nominate a Pub

Nominations will reopen in September 2020.

A panel of judges reviews the campaigning efforts of community groups across the country to highlight just what pub campaigning can achieve with the right tools and people behind it.

Current Winner

Friends of Ye Olde Cross

Friends of Ye Olde Cross registered the pub as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) and with the help of the Plunkett Foundation and the Power to Change ‘More than a Pub’ programme, they developed a business plan and share offer to buy the pub as a community.

They established a Community Benefit Society which more than 300 locals invested in, raising £150,000 to purchase the pub. Further fundraising and a team of hardworking volunteers allowed them to completely transform the pub interior, and it re-opened in July 2019. Today, Ye Olde Cross runs a number of community events, including a regular quiz and open mic night, yoga lessons, food pop-ups, business networking, a yarn group and book club.

Current Runner-up

Save the Three Tuns Community Group

The Three Tuns, a 17th century, grade 11 listed pub in the Cambridgeshire village of Guilden Morden, was sold by Greene King in 2013. The new owner made clear she had no intention of running it as a pub – she wanted to convert the building to residential and to build houses in the large garden.

Local people successfully applied to have the building listed as an Asset of Community Value, following which the Save the Three Tuns group was formally constituted. They first organised opposition to the owner’s change of use planning application and this was duly rejected both by the Council and on appeal. Thwarted in her plans, the owner put the property up for sale in 2017. A community purchase scheme was set up and raised £250k in share capital with over 280 mostly local people buying shares. £100k was raised in grants and loans awarded under the More Than a Pub programme. Purchase was completed in November 2018, after which the property was extensively renovated (mostly by volunteers), re-opening in June 2019.

Nominate a Pub

Nominations open September 2020

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