Village pub re-opens after being saved by the local community

PINTS are being pulled again at a village pub rescued by the local community from being demolished to make way for a housing development.

The Auctioneer Arms, at Cookshill, near Caverswall, has re-opened for business after local residents and investors from further afield raised around £350,000.

The money not only funded the purchase of the 150 year old building from the developer, who bought it in 2016, but has also contributed to its refurbishment.

The Caverswall Community Society launched the campaign only last year to save the pub, which is now combines as a community hub with a coffee shop included called The Gavel.

Society chairman Brian Griffiths said: “Seeing the pub open with people inside socialising and using it again is incredible

“All of the [refurbishment] work has been volunteered with trades giving up their evenings and weekends to complete the project.”