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Framsden community purchases The Dobermann Inn, in The Street, after seven years of efforts thanks to Levelling Up grant





A village community has purchased its pub after seven years of efforts.

It was reported in December that a social enterprise in Framsden would receive nearly £280,000 to buy The Dobermann Inn, in The Street.

Framsden Social Enterprises Community Benefit Society Ltd (FSECBS) now have the keys for the premises, it has been confirmed, with volunteers already under taking work to clear the exterior and interior of the site to prepare it for refurbishment.

The project will officially be relaunched in a ceremony at the pub tomorrow, where its new name will be announced.

Framsden Social Enterprises Community Benefit Society Ltd has now purchased The Dobermann Inn, in The Street, with work already under way. Picture: Julia Green
Framsden Social Enterprises Community Benefit Society Ltd has now purchased The Dobermann Inn, in The Street, with work already under way. Picture: Julia Green
The Framsden community pub project convened a working party on March 30 to clear the exterior of The Dobermann Inn. Picture: Julia Green
The Framsden community pub project convened a working party on March 30 to clear the exterior of The Dobermann Inn. Picture: Julia Green

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Julia Green, a director of FSECBS. “But it’s now full steam ahead.

“As with all things like this there’s been lots of work behind the scenes. We’re now in the process of making the pub water tight; we will then dry it out and then we will start rebuilding it.

“However, we need all the help we can get – we’re going to start with a sare issue so people can come and buy shares or help us out volunteering.”

The Framsden community pub project will be relaunched in a ceremony at The Dobermann Inn tomorrow, where its new name will be announced. Picture: Julia Green
The Framsden community pub project will be relaunched in a ceremony at The Dobermann Inn tomorrow, where its new name will be announced. Picture: Julia Green
A working party was convened at The Dobermann Inn, in Framsden, near Framlingham, on Sunday to clear the interior of the pub. Picture: Julia Green
A working party was convened at The Dobermann Inn, in Framsden, near Framlingham, on Sunday to clear the interior of the pub. Picture: Julia Green

Ms Green also mentioned that the enterprise will be contacting companies to gauge interest, and they are open to professionals coming on board to help out.

The group got the keys to the pub on March 28, and two days later 27 villagers gathered to clear the garden and exterior areas of the venue, which had not been touched for seven years.

Another working party was convened on Sunday to clear debris from the inside, with the whole interior emptied.

The exterior of The Dobermann Inn, in The Street, Framsden, near Framlingham, had not been touched for seven years. Picture: Julia Green
The exterior of The Dobermann Inn, in The Street, Framsden, near Framlingham, had not been touched for seven years. Picture: Julia Green

A Community Ownership Fund grant from the Levelling Up department was used to purchase the pub. FSECBS will be seeking to secure further grants to the extra £250,000 needed to fully redevelop the venue.

The Dobermann Inn, which was formerly known at the Greyhound, dates back to the 1700s and is housed in a grade II listed building.



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