The Anglers Rest is a community pub in Derbyshire which was set up in 2011, when 300 members of the rural Bamford community clubbed together to buy their local pub to prevent its closure. Today, the pub has become a key community asset, providing a wide variety of services for local people, including a post office and café. The hub employs local people, uses locally sourced produce and reinvests its profits in the community.
Power to Change awarded The Anglers Rest a grant in 2015 to make the building more energy efficient, and the business more sustainable. In 2017, they decided to raise £20,000 via a community share offer to further improve their building, which we match-funded through the Community Shares Booster programme.
While the funding will be evidenced in the transformation of the hub, the real value can be seen in the wider community impact that community pubs have. When communities lose their local services, such as pubs, shops and post offices, they are at risk of becoming dormitory towns and villages where people leave the community for work and return to their house. Together, the residents of Bamford ensured that the village did not become just a commuter town for Sheffield and Manchester. Today, the village has a new focal point and a renewed sense of community.
We're much more than a pub. We're a community running a business that local people need.