Buy someone you love a pub

(Or at least a share in one!)

Your opportunity to buy shares in a true community pub right in the middle of Maidenhead

Do you enjoy a pint and chat with family and friends in a local pub? Do you want to support your local community?

The North Star, one of Maidenhead’s oldest pubs, is only weeks away from closure. The freehold is up for sale and there’s no knowing what the site will become. But you can help us save it.

Your community pub

We’re the North Star Society Ltd. We’re residents, regulars and people passionate about Real Ale and local pubs. We want to buy the freehold and bring The North Star into community ownership.

We’ve already established a Community Benefit Society and we’re aiming to raise the necessary funding through grants, loans and a share offer that we’re inviting you to join.

Your part in saving the North Star

We need to raise around £350,000 to fully finance the project. And we need to move fast. Over the next few weeks, as part of the grant funding, we need to establish how much the community is willing to invest.

Pledge your support

This is your chance to pledge your support and become part of a valuable local project. Valuable because we’re planning on being more than just a pub. We’re working with local charities and community groups to find ways of tackling loneliness and isolation in Maidenhead. But we can’t do it without your support.

Help run the business

We’re asking you to invest a minimum of £250. This gives you the right to vote and, therefore, have a say in the affairs of the business. We also welcome bigger share holdings up to 10% of the total share capital sought.

If you feel passionately about the importance of community pubs and would like to see the North Star saved for future generations, please pledge your investment via our Crowdfunder project page.

Thank you

Thank you for taking time to consider our campaign to save a much-loved local. We hope you’ll support us and we look forward to working with you.

The more people who invest, the greater the chance of saving what could be the last pub in Westborough Road, Maidenhead.


We’ve partnered with Crowdfunder, the UK’s #1 Crowdfunding Platform, which enables our investors to pledge to our Save The Star project online.

Using the Crowdfunder platform, projects like ours have been able to raise over £50 million for their business ideas, charities, community groups, sports clubs, political movements and so much more. We want to be the next successful project and save The North Star pub – and we need your help.

You can pledge today via our Crowdfunder project page, safely and securely online.


Invest in our Campaign via Crowdfunder

Interested in investing but have some questions?

Crowdfunder FAQs

What happens if the Save The Star project I pledge on doesn't reach the target?

Our project on Crowdfunder is set up as All or nothing – Your pledge will only be received by us if we hit our full target of £280,000 by 3 September 2018. If our Crowdfunder project doesn't hit our target then your pledge will be refunded in approximately 5 days after the project closing date.

What payment options are there for pledging?

Supporters can pledge on a project using all major international credit/debit cards. Simple as that!

When will the money leave my account if I pledge on the Crowdfunder Save The Star project?

When you make a pledge on our Crowdfunder project, the money will leave your account immediately. Your money will be held in escrow by Crowdfunder until the project closes successfully. Only once the project closes successfully will the money raised (including your pledge) be transferred to us to enable us to purchase the pub.

What happens if the project isn't successful?

Your money will not be transferred to us at Save The Star until the project closes successfully - when we reach our full target of £280,000. If our project doesn't close successfully and reach our target then your pledge will be refunded within 5 working days of the project closing on 3 September 2018.

How can I cancel my Crowdfunder pledge?

We need your help to Save The Star, so we hope you'll contact us first at to discuss your concerns before cancelling your pledge. However, you can cancel any of your pledges from the 'My Pledges' section of your Crowdfunder profile (up to 24 hours before a project closes). This will also remove you from our Save The Star project's backers list.

Please note - If you have used Guest Checkout, then you will need to follow the link in the 'Thanks for your pledge' email and signup as a full member to be able to manage your pledges.

Can I pledge to the Crowdfunder project anonymously?

Yes you can! By pledging anonymously, your user name will not appear publicly under the Investors on our Save The Star Crowdfunder project page.

To do this, simply tick the ‘Pledge anonymously’ box when making your pledge.

Please note - our Save The Star committee will still receive your contact information in confidence, which we'll need to use to contact you privately once our project is successful.

You can view other FAQs on the Crowdfunder website, or please contact us directly with any questions you have at:

This is not just about buying a pub; it’s about helping to sustain a community and preserving our heritage.

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