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Milestone in Garboldisham Fox Inn reopening fight to be celebrated with BBQ

By Mike Scialom

The Fox Inn, Garboldisham ANL-160203-131319009
The Fox Inn, Garboldisham ANL-160203-131319009

A village’s effort to reopen its pub is set to celebrate a significant milestone later this month.

The Fox Inn has served Garboldisham on and off since at least 1774, but a pint has not been pulled in the public house for more than nine years. A group of residents have campaigned for six years to get the pub reopened.

Support still seems to be strong and I have already received several cheques from supporters
Peter Smith

Late last month the Fox Committee helped launch Garboldisham Fox Community Interest Company. A six month moratorium period, allowing the company to exclusively place a bid on the pub, ends on June 1.

And director of the newly formed company, Peter Smith, said the first cheques of those willing to pledge money were “rolling in.”

A Barrel and Barbie party will be held in the field opposite the village hall on Sunday, May 22 from 1pm to 6pm to celebrate the inauguration of the company, with South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss set to attend.

“In many ways it is an administrative milestone but after ten years we need to take every opportunity to get the project in front of the villagers to keep their spirits up and realise that it is still feasible,” Mr Smith said.

“Hopefully we will have got our bid in well before then but property transactions do not happen overnight. Even after June 1 we can still buy the freehold it’s just that the market then opens up beyond purely Community Groups.

“Support still seems to be strong and I have already received several cheques from supporters.”

A planning application to turn the closed pub, owned by the Wellington Pub Company, into five houses was rejected in 2009, while previous bids from the community for the pub have been turned down.

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