Campaigners toast their bid to save Norfolk’s most remote pub

The Berney Arms pub, one of Norfolk's most isolated pubs.Picture: James Bass

The Berney Arms pub, one of Norfolk's most isolated pubs.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

A group hoping to save Norfolk's most remote pub met to toast their campaign, as support continues to grow.

The Berney Arms pub, one of Norfolk's most isolated pubs.Picture: James Bass

The Berney Arms pub, one of Norfolk's most isolated pubs.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

The Save the Berney Arms co-operative got together, along with representatives from Camra, to reaffirm their commitment to the campaign to save the pub, which is accessible only by boat, train or a five-mile trek across the marshes.

Its seclusion has made the drinking spot popular with tourists, but proprietors have also found it a challenge to run.

In October the Broads pub closed, and it is due to go to auction at the end of the month.

But, fearful it may be turned into homes, the group launched a petition to put it back into community hands and a bid to raise the £160,000 needed to buy the pub as a co-operative.


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One of the campaigners, Jess Shanahan, said a crowdfunding page started by the group has so far raised over £5,000 of its £30,000 goal.

She added: 'As is the nature with crowdfunding they start off slowly then get off the ground, but we're now also offering community shares as well.'

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Community shares are a form of share capital which can only be issued by co-operative societies, community benefit societies and charitable community benefit societies. And the group have been talking to the Plunkett Foundation who help people, predominantly in rural areas set up and run community co-operatives.

For more information and to get involved, visit http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/berney-arms/

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