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Share deadline to save pub extended

Residents of Stonham Aspal are trying to save the Ten Bells pub and turn it into a community hub for the village.

Residents of Stonham Aspal are trying to save the Ten Bells pub and turn it into a community hub for the village.

The future of a Stonham Aspal pub could be decided today after the deadline to buy shares in the property was extended.

The Ten Bells, in The Street, has been closed since March 2013.

A steering group formed in the summer, which has been replaced by a management committee, hopes to buy the grade II listed building and turn it into a community hub, offering coffee shop, parcel drop facility, and free wi-fi.

The Punch Taverns pub has been listed on the market for £210,000. The committee had set a target for fundraising of more than £300,000, although less than £100,000 has been promised in January.

Residents were given the chance to buy shares, with the original deadline set for last Friday. But according to the website of the group trying to save the pub - www.thetenbells.co.uk - the deadline had been extended to today.

The building is listed as a community asset, meaning the pub is protected from outside bids until mid-March.

Speaking to the Diss Express in January, chair of the group Tracey Hall said: “If we don’t raise enough money, clearly there is not enough support for it. It would be a shame.

“It is Grade II-listed and if it was done up it would be a really nice building.”

 

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