Friends of Scopwick Royal Oak (FOSRO) have received a package comprising professional support and a £2,500 bursary from the More Than A Pub programme, a unique two year programme established to help support community ownership of pubs in England. Its value is £3.62 million and is jointly funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and Power to Change.

It is being delivered by Plunkett Foundation in collaboration with Co-operative & Community Finance, Key Fund, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), Co-operative Mutual Solutions, Pub is the Hub and Locality. The successful programme has recently been extended to run until December 2018.

“We’re delighted to have been awarded support from More Than A Pub,” said FOSRO Chairman John White. “This will help us in our campaign to save the pub from being closed down and enable it to be run as a pub for all the local community.“

In the beginning, a meeting held for everyone living in Scopwick and Kirkby Green gave unanimous support to a proposal to form a committee with the object of buying the pub as a community asset. This means the pub will not only provide good food and drink but also be a welcoming place where everyone in the village, young and old, can come together, share common interests and feel at home.

James Alcock, Executive Director for Plunkett Foundation said: “We’re so pleased to be able to support the Friends of Scopwick Royal Oak who are working hard to make sure their community can benefit from everything that having a thriving local pub brings. Pubs that are owned and run by the community are so much more than a place to buy a drink; they provide important social spaces and services for local people, and are central to their community’s sense of place and identity.”

The FOSRO committee are now going out to receive ideas from the people of Scopwick and Kirkby Green on what specific things they want from their pub and to raise the funds needed from the community together with further loans and grants so as to buy it for them.