Share offer a success
We have raised £180,000 from the community to buy, renovate and reopen The Blue Bell. This will be added to grants and loans from the Plunkett Foundation, More Than a Pub scheme and the Key Fund.
We have a detailed Business Plan which has been given the seal of approval by The Plunkett Foundation. It shows without a doubt that, with the support of the community, we can run a successful pub in Stoke Ferry. Before investing, you will also need to read the share prospectus.
Villagers told us what they wanted at two open meetings and via a survey and we have built our plans on that.
Our online events as well as our August Bank Holiday and Halloween successes have given you a taste of different community events The Blue Bell will offer.
The Blue Bell will become the real heart of the village, a warm and friendly living room bringing people together.
You will be investing in Stoke Ferry Community Enterprise Limited (the Society), a Community Benefit Society registered with the Financial Conduct Authority. Our share offer has been awarded the Community Shares Standard Mark too.
Shareholders will have voting rights as a member of the Society at Annual General Meetings.
If we do not raise all the money that we need to buy The Blue Bell the Society will return your money to you, less any expenses incurred such as solicitors' fees and bank charges.
Before you apply
To apply to buy shares you will need to
complete an application form
The application form has instructions on how to make payment and they are also set out below. We prefer a bank transfer, but you can also send in a cheque or pay by card.
Transfer the sum of money equal to the total value of shares by bank transfer to Unity Trust Bank : Sort Code 60-83-01 Account No. 20430388 For the payment reference please use your postcode and surname (e.g. PE33 9SF Smith). NB our bank, Unity Trust, is not part of the system that allows checking of destination accounts. Your bank might give you a message to that effect. The money will reach us, but we recommend that you double check that you have entered the sort code and bank account number correctly.
Make your cheque payable to Stoke Ferry Community Enterprise Limited for the total value of shares applied for and send it (with your application form if using the paper version) to Stoke Ferry Community Enterprise Limited, Mill House Cottage, High Street, Stoke Ferry, PE33 9SF.
If you prefer, or if you do not have a UK bank account, you can pay by card by clicking the button below and following the instructions. 2.5% will be added to the cost to cover banking charges.
Community Shares Standard Mark
The Community Shares Standard Mark is awarded by the Community Shares Unit to offers that meet national standards of good practice.
These standards ensure that:
• The offer document and application form are easy to understand
• You are provided with all the facts you need to make an informed decision
• The facts are supported by the annual accounts and/or business plan for the society
• Nothing in the documents is purposefully incorrect, confusing or misleading
Societies are asked to sign a Code of Practice requiring them, among other things, to give the public a right of complaint to the Community Shares Unit.
For more information about community shares, the Community Shares Standard Mark and the Community Shares Unit go to: communityshares.org.uk