The North Star Society is now registered as a Community Business Enterprise and we have been awarded a bursary of £2500 by The Plunkett Foundation. We have also become a member of the Plunkett Community Co-operative Network (PCCN).
The North Star Society will receive a package of specialist business advice and a £2,500 bursary from More Than A Pub, a unique two-year programme established to help support community ownership of pubs in England. Its value is £3.62 million and it is jointly funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and Power to Change. It is being delivered by Plunkett Foundation in collaboration with Co-operative & Community Finance, Key Fund, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), Co-operative Mutual Solutions, Pub is the Hub and Locality.
“We’re delighted to have been awarded support from More Than A Pub,” said Bob Ginger, the society’s vice chair. “Their help will be vital in our campaign to save our friendly, traditional pub and make it an even more attractive meeting place for everyone.”
The North Star Society will shortly be launching a community share offer, and hope that local people will either offer financial backing or help with the various activities that need to be done. The Society now urgently needs support from people to maintain everyone’s motivation and enthusiasm for this venture. The share offer, along with grants, loans and donations, should raise sufficient funds to buy and refurbish the pub, securing it as a vital community asset for future as well as current generations.