The pub is the hub of many communities and the residents of Iden and surrounding properties have raised their voices to declare their support in saving their pub, The Bell Inn, which is now closed and is currently for sale.
Back in August, following a packed meeting in the village hall, it was agreed that a working party be formed to establish all steps that could be taken to save The Bell.
Since then, our five strong team, chaired by Martin Chalet, has achieved many things in order to progress the cause of buying the pub as a community asset.
Christopher Strangeways, a familiar face in Iden, who was instrumental in saving the much loved Iden Stores is on hand to the working party as an advisor sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for all things local.
On Wednesday, November 22, a meeting was held in the village hall where over 80 locals enjoyed jugs of beer and glasses of wine and received an update on our journey thus far.
We have been fortunate in receiving much welcomed advice and guidance from other pubs in the area that have successfully navigated the path of setting up their own community pubs and who continue to grow from strength to strength.
We have also received encouraging words of support from our MP, Sally-Ann Hart:
“I am delighted to hear that local residents have come together to ‘Save the Bell at Iden’ and are seeking to apply to the Community Ownership Fund for match funding support. This fund is vital in helping to empower communities to secure and preserve community assets like The Bell, ensuring local control and a future.
“The Bell plays an essential role in Iden as it serves as a social hub, a gathering place for locals and visitors, and fosters a sense of community. Iden shows its strength as a community in its endeavour and I wish it the very best in successfully saving The Bell.”
To obtain feedback from the community, a questionnaire was distributed, completion of which will provide valuable information for us to dissect and realise the wishes of the community. Copies of the questionnaire can be obtained from the Iden Store.
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