A unique and much-loved base for a diverse community of individuals and groups
Community owned pub
Key objectives & Outcomes
The grant helped the Gardeners Rest Community Society to purchase their pub and preserve it as an activity centre, music venue and art exhibition space, as well as a pub.
Broad community impact
The pub offers employment and training for people with learning disabilities and mental health disorders working with charity 'Yes 2 Ventures'. It's used by art groups, sports teams, local history groups and faith groups.
Accountable to the community
The property and the pub are owned by the community. Most of the 382 shareholders are regulars and the one member one vote policy so that each shareholder has an equal say.