Washbrook: Community group looks to secure future of Brook Inn pub

Keith Armes, George Wiseman, Ian Evans, Alan Amphlett Lewis and Simon Bissett, some of the local res

Keith Armes, George Wiseman, Ian Evans, Alan Amphlett Lewis and Simon Bissett, some of the local residents of Copdock and Washbrook who are campagining to save the local pub The Washbrook Inn

A community group looking to secure the future of their only pub has put in a bid to buy it.

The Brook Inn in Washbrook is currently open but when it was put up for sale locals became concerned for its future.

They decided the best way to secure its future was to explore buying it themselves and a committee was set up to explore the possibility.

Last Thursday they held a public meeting at the pub to update supporters on the scheme and yesterday announced a bid had been tabled.

Although the value of the bid has not been disclosed the group feel it is a realistic offer and committee member Ian Evans is happy with the position they are in.

Mr Evans said: “We have the funds in place for the bid we have put in.

“But the target is still to reach £400,000 ­— people shouldn’t really rest on their laurels.

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“We had a couple of people (at the meeting) who said they would consider becoming directors if the bid was successful and we probably have over 50 pledges (of funds).

The committee has a business plan in place for if the bid is accepted but if it isn’t they will consider their position before deciding how to proceed.

People can still donate to the bid via their www.backthebrook.co.uk website.