The Bevy is awarded much needed funding!(December 16, 2013)
We are delighted to hear that the Bevendean Community Pub has been awarded a £130,000 grant from the Social Investment Business.
East Brighton Trust purchased the pub three years ago after it closed down, leaving Moulsecoomb and Bevendean without any pubs for residents. East Brighton Trust developed and let-out three flats out above the pub, whilst money was raised to develop 'The Bevy'.
The Social Investment Business grant, together with money raised through residents buying shares and funding from East Brighton Trust, means work can now start on transforming the 'Bevy' into the first co-op pub in the country on an urban housing estate! Find out more in today's Argus.
East Brighton Trusts’Chief Executive, Sean Hambrook - “Having an amazing new pub at the heart of the community will bethe culmination of a massive amount of effort by lots of fantastic local people. East Brighton Trust is very proud that one of its buildings is providing such a great addition to Moulsecoomb and Bevendean.”
Father John Wall, vicar of Moulsecoomb said "This grant is an amazing vote of confidence in our vision for our Community! I have always said every decent neighbourhood deserves a good Church and a good Pub: now in Moulsecoomb we'll have both: "the Bevy" will be a Community Hub for all ages to meet, relax and join together, and now it'll happen within the next few months. I can't wait for the first pint to be pulled!"
Warren Carter - “It feels fantastic that we are not only playing our part in reversing pub closures but also coming up with a model of how pubs need to change if they are to survive. From the Brownies to art groups, Albion in the community to health services, credit union to repair workshops, the range of groups saying they will use the Bevy shows that it will be so much more than just a pub.”
Helen Jones, secretary - "This is fantastic news - and such a relief that all the hard work of the last two and a half years has paid off. The vision of The Bevy as a social hub for all the community from young and old and everyone in between has been our inspiration. Our strength comes from the diverse make up of the group, we're a microcosm of the larger community. Our shared vision of The Bevy as a place that puts people and not profit at the heart provided the fuel to keep us on track. What's wonderful is that the Social Investment Bank appreciates our vision and has been prepared to back us."
We can't wait to see it open.