The Future of the Black Swan pub

A community owned pub for Monxton?

As you know, the Black Swan pub is for sale. The freehold includes the pub itself, the car park and the adjacent village green. The pub and car park are now under threat of possible development if a buyer for the pub as a going concern cannot be found.

For most villages a pub is a vital service; it is a meeting place, communication centre and an important lynch-pin of village life. Much of the appeal of our village rests on its sense of community. It is the reason many people have moved here and remain here. The continued presence of our pub would, we feel, greatly enhance that community spirit.

So, if there is enough interest, we have been investigating the possibility of buying the pub as a Community-Owned Pub, to be owned by us all, run professionally, but for the benefit of us all.

This questionnaire is the first step. We need to know your views on what might be provided and what would receive your support. Please be as honest and realistic as possible in your answers! Your response will be treated in confidence. It is entirely anonymous, unless you wish to add your name at the end.

The results of this survey will be published and presented to a public meeting on Wednesday 14 September 2016 (7.30pm in the village hall) when the proposal can be discussed further. There will be subsequent meetings as we appreciate many people are away at this time of year. Let us know if you’re interested but cannot make it next week.

We would also like to hear from you if you feel you could help in any way . There will be a wide range of tasks to be done from the initial setting up of the project, to managing/helping with the renovation, and/or being involved in the day to day practical operation.

This kind of venture has been successfully achieved in other communities all over the UK. There are currently over 40 co-operative pubs in the UK and most of these have been set up with the support of the charity Plunkett Foundation ( Will our community be the next one? If you wish to speak directly to someone about this project, or would like to get involved in any way (time, expertise, funding etc) please contact one of the following:

Sarah Dowding: 01264 710375 or

Mike Cleugh: 01264 710276 or

Neil Warren: 

About a co-operative pub for our community

Thank you very much for taking the time to complete this questionnaire.
Please fill in your details below if you can help in any way.

Please do join us for the meeting on Wednesday 14 September at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. All welcome.