Stoke Ferry Community Enterprise Limited
Community Benefit Society,
Registered with the FCA, No. 8415
Companies House RS008415
We have established a Community Benefit Society as a transparent way to deliver the project with the community.
A community benefit society is run primarily for the benefit of the community at large, rather than just for members of the society. This means that it must have an overarching community purpose that reaches beyond its membership.
The money raised by our share offer, combined with other funding, will enable the Society to safeguard the Blue Bell. The Society will ensure the pub makes enough profit to be sustainable, but the overarching goal is to provide great services and play a vital role within our community.
We will be accountable to the community
Notes of our open meetings and minutes of our Annual Meetings here.
What Stoke Ferry wants from a village pub
Results of our survey of villagers
Around one-third of Stoke Ferry households put in a response to our survey in March and April. This means the results give a very reliable idea of what the village wants from a pub.
Here are some of the key points.
Over 90% of respondents thought that Stoke Ferry should have a village pub.
While the single biggest reason for visiting a pub was to meet up with friends and family, offering food – whether a quick bite or a full meal – is very vital.
There was also strong support for all-day, café style services.
Over half of respondents spent between £6 and £15 on drinks for themselves when they were last at a pub and nearly half spent the same on food. This give us a good information for the cash flow forecast.
Although a good number of respondents said entertainment was important, a smaller number currently visit pubs specifically for entertainment. This might reflect that there is a limited entertainment offering in pubs locally.
Being family- and dog-friendly was important to lots of respondents.
A community pub needs to support and not undermine services offered by other organisations in the village and should host community and club meetings.
The Campaign group is hugely grateful to everyone for taking the time to complete the survey.