Campaigners dig deep for Miners Arms
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A community in Cumbria has formed a consortium to buy its pub, the Miners Arms in Nenthead, which closed in 2020 and was recently put up for sale.
Situated high in the Pennines at 1,500 feet, the pub is one of the highest in the country and some of Nenthead’s residents (above) have formed the Miners Arms Community Association (MACA) to buy and reopen it.
MACA chair Simon Walker said: “When we asked local people whether we should save our pub, the response was an overwhelming yes.
“The Miners Arms was a favourite of the village and a huge part of our community. We want to see it open again. It won’t be easy, but with the right support and the dedication of this community I believe we can reopen the Miners Arms together.”
The intention is to form a community benefit society and issue a share offer scheme, where anyone can purchase shares in the pub, in exchange they become a member of the society and have a say in how the pub is run in the future.
Walker said: “There is a long way to go, and we are counting not just on the residents but all those that visit our beautiful village to come together to restore this community asset.
“If you would like to volunteer your support or have ideas for fundraising, we would love to hear from you.”
MACA meets regularly, with members focussed on activity that supports the plan to complete a community buy-out of the pub.
A Just Giving page has been established to raise funds for initial project costs such as registering as a community benefit society and setting up a share offer.