Chance to buy shares in a Blackburn pub

Siobhan Coyne with members of the Save Our Stanley group

Siobhan Coyne with members of the Save Our Stanley group

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Assistant picture editor

CAMPAIGNERS fighting to reopen a much-loved pub have launched a share scheme to raise cash to buy it for the community.

The Stanley Arms, in Pemberton Street, Blackburn, could be transformed into the hub of the community if the £150,000 needed to buy it is raised by interested parties.

The pub was closed in August by Marston’s brewery because it was no longer financially viable.

Residents immediately started to look into the possibility of reopening the pub, which first opened in 1901, under community ownership.

Leading campaigner Siobhan Coyne said: “We have made real progress since the campaign started and we are now at the stage where we need to find out how we can raise the funds needed to buy the building from the current owners.

“We have lots of ideas like holding a breakfast club, craft workshops during the day, youth activities and reinstating the community pub.

“It will be run as a cooperative and we have launched a share scheme to enable local residents and other supporters to buy into the future ownership of the Stanley Arms.

“We are looking for expressions of interest to help buy the pub. So far we have around £7,000 pledged.”

Letters were send to residents near the pub but campaigners say anyone can join in.

Roe Lee ward councillor Phil Riley said: “This share issue is not restricted to residents living near the Stanley Arms.

“The pub has been at the heart of the community for a long time. People are supportive of a community running the pub. The committee is awash with ideas about what they could do. We can make this work, we just need to raise the money.”

The group is currently drawing up a business plan and the Save the Stanley Group will meet again this month to discuss their progress.

The minimum share-holding is £100 and the maximum allowed by law is £20,000.

Each shareholder would be entitled to one vote to choose the committee who will manage the pub on a day-to-day basis as well as the chance to influence the development of a new and vital community asset.

The group said they would apply for a small loan for any funds they still need.

For details on how to join the campaign, ring Jason Walker on 07743 101 067 or email phil.riley@blackburn.gov.uk.

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7:33pm Thu 15 Nov 12

ste.g says...

The pub was closed in August by Marston’s brewery because it was no longer financially viable.

theres a clue in there
The pub was closed in August by Marston’s brewery because it was no longer financially viable. theres a clue in there ste.g
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7:48pm Thu 15 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

QUOTE

The group said they would apply for a small loan for any funds they still need.

Oh wait there as a new bank opened recently called bank of muggings.

It has at least cheered me up tonight I havnt laughed so hard in ages,

WARNING:

Be carefull who looks after that money your raising , they'll be trousering more money than a Taylor .
:-)
QUOTE The group said they would apply for a small loan for any funds they still need. Oh wait there as a new bank opened recently called bank of muggings. It has at least cheered me up tonight I havnt laughed so hard in ages, WARNING: Be carefull who looks after that money your raising , they'll be trousering more money than a Taylor . :-) 2 for 5p
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7:59pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Chris P Bacon says...

2 for 5p wrote:
QUOTE

The group said they would apply for a small loan for any funds they still need.

Oh wait there as a new bank opened recently called bank of muggings.

It has at least cheered me up tonight I havnt laughed so hard in ages,

WARNING:

Be carefull who looks after that money your raising , they'll be trousering more money than a Taylor .
:-)
You cheer me up to know that you've accepted your grammar is making you look even more stupid than you actually are. As there's nothing you can do to increase the IQ level, you try and improve your grammar to deflect from your glaring problem. It IS improving but still a looooooong way behind the standards of a mid-stream 12 year-old.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: QUOTE The group said they would apply for a small loan for any funds they still need. Oh wait there as a new bank opened recently called bank of muggings. It has at least cheered me up tonight I havnt laughed so hard in ages, WARNING: Be carefull who looks after that money your raising , they'll be trousering more money than a Taylor . :-)[/p][/quote]You cheer me up to know that you've accepted your grammar is making you look even more stupid than you actually are. As there's nothing you can do to increase the IQ level, you try and improve your grammar to deflect from your glaring problem. It IS improving but still a looooooong way behind the standards of a mid-stream 12 year-old. Chris P Bacon
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9:34pm Thu 15 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
2 for 5p wrote:
QUOTE

The group said they would apply for a small loan for any funds they still need.

Oh wait there as a new bank opened recently called bank of muggings.

It has at least cheered me up tonight I havnt laughed so hard in ages,

WARNING:

Be carefull who looks after that money your raising , they'll be trousering more money than a Taylor .
:-)
You cheer me up to know that you've accepted your grammar is making you look even more stupid than you actually are. As there's nothing you can do to increase the IQ level, you try and improve your grammar to deflect from your glaring problem. It IS improving but still a looooooong way behind the standards of a mid-stream 12 year-old.
I have o level english the fact that I don't use correct grammar so much is because im writing my posts on a I phone.

If you want to get picky in your first sentence where is the comma that shops be after me
In the second sentence it should read your IQ

The last sentence why have you wrote is in capital letters.

When it comes to English your actually Mr Thicky
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: QUOTE The group said they would apply for a small loan for any funds they still need. Oh wait there as a new bank opened recently called bank of muggings. It has at least cheered me up tonight I havnt laughed so hard in ages, WARNING: Be carefull who looks after that money your raising , they'll be trousering more money than a Taylor . :-)[/p][/quote]You cheer me up to know that you've accepted your grammar is making you look even more stupid than you actually are. As there's nothing you can do to increase the IQ level, you try and improve your grammar to deflect from your glaring problem. It IS improving but still a looooooong way behind the standards of a mid-stream 12 year-old.[/p][/quote]I have o level english the fact that I don't use correct grammar so much is because im writing my posts on a I phone. If you want to get picky in your first sentence where is the comma that shops be after me In the second sentence it should read your IQ The last sentence why have you wrote is in capital letters. When it comes to English your actually Mr Thicky 2 for 5p
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9:39pm Thu 15 Nov 12

DEO VOLENTE says...

I note that rather than comment on the article "Chris P Bacon" prefers to make personal attacks. A typical "left wing chicken wing" tactic? If so how predictable and boring! It smacks of inadequacy does it not? To continue good luck to those trying to keep the Pub open to serve the community. Public Houses are after all part of the British way of life and they are deeply inbedded in the British culture. Bravo!

Deus Vobiscum
I note that rather than comment on the article "Chris P Bacon" prefers to make personal attacks. A typical "left wing chicken wing" tactic? If so how predictable and boring! It smacks of inadequacy does it not? To continue good luck to those trying to keep the Pub open to serve the community. Public Houses are after all part of the British way of life and they are deeply inbedded in the British culture. Bravo! Deus Vobiscum DEO VOLENTE
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8:56am Fri 16 Nov 12

RupertsReason says...

Chris P Bacon and 2 for 5p, with respect to the grammar, you two should put your heads together and make a quite spacious games room for the pub when it re-opens!
Chris P Bacon and 2 for 5p, with respect to the grammar, you two should put your heads together and make a quite spacious games room for the pub when it re-opens! RupertsReason
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8:28am Sat 17 Nov 12

Phil Simpson says...

I find it hard to believe that this pub is no longer commercially viable. When I went in mid week, it was packed.
I find it hard to believe that this pub is no longer commercially viable. When I went in mid week, it was packed. Phil Simpson
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6:33am Sun 18 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

Phil Simpson wrote:
I find it hard to believe that this pub is no longer commercially viable. When I went in mid week, it was packed.
Yes but the standard of clientel in that place,oooooh.
They were probably sneaking there own drinks in.
[quote][p][bold]Phil Simpson[/bold] wrote: I find it hard to believe that this pub is no longer commercially viable. When I went in mid week, it was packed.[/p][/quote]Yes but the standard of clientel in that place,oooooh. They were probably sneaking there own drinks in. 2 for 5p
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6:36am Sun 18 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

QUESTION:

Has any money gone missing yet.
QUESTION: Has any money gone missing yet. 2 for 5p
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