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Following submission of an application for a bursary to help fund the feasibility and development costs of our community pub project, we are delighted to announce we have been awarded a bursary of up to £2,500 inclusive of VAT. This was a competitive tender process with only 4 bursaries available nationwide so a great effort from the team to secure this initial funding!
This bursary award has been provided to us under ‘The More than a Pub’ programme which is funded by The Power to Change Trust as part of a wider initiative to grow the number of community pubs opening across the UK. Plunkett Foundation is the lead organisation delivering the programme, and they are delighted to be able to fund our project.
Information on ‘More Than A Pub’:
The Community Pub Business Support programme aims to bring pubs into community ownership and to increase the range of services they offer to help local people. This new £2.2million round of More than a Pub, makes a range of support and funding available. The support includes allocated business development advisers, help with community consultations, advice on legal forms, business planning, community share offers and, bursary awards of up to £2,500. Groups can access the full range of support from the pre-venture stage, or just the elements they need, depending on how well their plans are developed. When a group is ready to purchase a pub, we can offer a combined finance package of up to £100,000, made up of a loan and grant. For more information please visit

Action Plan

The Steering Committee has been working with the Plunkett Foundation for the last few weeks building a detailed understanding of the process we must follow in order to secure The Green Dragon for the local community. As part of the process, we had to generate an Action Plan which captures all the activities to be completed and when. The Action Plan has now been endorsed by Plunkett and the Steering Committee has agreed to share this with our members and local community.
To view the Action Plan PDF Click here.

How Pubs Impact on House Prices

The Steering Committee agreed to conduct some independent research on the potential impact to house prices within Combe St Nicholas following the closure of the only public house in the village.

I spoke with Kai Logan, Marketing Director at Bradleys Estate Agents, the largest Independent Estate Agent in the West Country, to get his thoughts.

Kai said:

There is a clear correlation between rural property prices and rural pubs. Having local amenities within a village such as a shop, school, church and pub definitely make a village a more desirable place to live which in turn can help to sustain, or even increase property prices. There are a number of studies which have been conducted over the last few years which articulate the reasons why rural pubs are so important to village life. Without immediate access to some of the core amenities within a small community such as a village, there is a significant chance that property prices will be adversely affected over time.

The following link, which is one of a number of studies conducted recently, provides further support to the argument that house prices are at risk of decline if the village can no longer offer those core amenities that make somewhere rural a desirable place to live.

New Study Reveals How Pubs Impact on House Prices

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