The ‘Bevy’ in Brighton to reopen as a social hub for all

The Argus: The Bevendean pub The Bevendean pub

The country's first community owned pub on a council estate is set to open its doors after a £130,000 funding boost.

The Bevendean in Moulsecoomb, Brighton, was closed by police following a string of violent incidents in 2010.

But, after a two-year campaign to reopen the once-troubled boozer in Hillside as a place for the whole community, those behind it have revealed it has received a six-figure boost from Social Investment Business.

Together with more than £44,000 raised from selling shares to more than 500 people, work can now start on the revamp of the Bevy with the aim of opening in the next few months.

The news was announced at a Christmas party in The Lectern in Lewes Road, Brighton, on Friday night.

Warren Carter, one of the group’s founders, said: “It feels fantastic that we are not only playing our part in reversing pub closures but also coming up with a model of how pubs need to change if they are to survive.

“From the Brownies to art groups, Albion In The Community to health services, credit union to repair workshops, the range of groups saying they will use the Bevy shows that it will be so much more than just a pub.”

The new pub will be run as a not for profit co-operative venture.

Plans include creating a pub/cafe, community kitchen, play areas and vegetable garden for those living in Moulsecoomb, Bevendean and Bates Estate.

In October, it received the Business in the Community category prize at the Argus Achievement Awards.

Father John Wall, of St Andrew’s Church, Moulsecoomb, said: “This grant is an amazing vote of confidence in our vision for our community.

“I have always said every decent neighbourhood deserves a good church and a good pub: now in Moulsecoomb we’ll have both.

“I can’t wait for the first pint to be pulled.”

Helen Jones, the group’s secretary, said: “This is fantastic news – and such a relief that all the hard work of the last two and a half years has paid off.

“The vision of The Bevy as a social hub for all the community from young to old and everyone in between has been our inspiration.

“What’s wonderful is that the Social Investment Business appreciates our vision and has been prepared to back us.”

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2:42pm Mon 16 Dec 13

All 9 of me says...

The same story, twice in under 12 hours ?????

GET A GRIP !
The same story, twice in under 12 hours ????? GET A GRIP ! All 9 of me

3:36pm Mon 16 Dec 13

GovindaTim says...

All 9 of me wrote:
The same story, twice in under 12 hours ?????

GET A GRIP !
GET A LIFE !
[quote][p][bold]All 9 of me[/bold] wrote: The same story, twice in under 12 hours ????? GET A GRIP ![/p][/quote]GET A LIFE ! GovindaTim

5:48pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Iain Chambers says...

This is the most fantastic news and a huge congratulations should go to the Bevy team and those hundreds of residents who have trusted them and backed them with their scarce cash. I honestly believe that 20 years from now they'll be dozens of these coop pubs run by working class people on estates across the UK, and the people of Bevendean & Moulsecoomb can be proud that they were bold enough to get behind this idea first of all. I'm hoping that people from all across Brighton & Hove, from all sorts of backgrounds, will visit the Bevy once it's open, meet some of the fantastic people that live on the estates, and by doing so will contribute to Brighton & Hove becoming less of a them & us/rich & poor city.
I also hope that the Bevy's example will lead to new coops made up of local people making bread, doing laundry, selling groceries etc Moulsecoomb twinned with Mondragon? What a story that would be!
This is the most fantastic news and a huge congratulations should go to the Bevy team and those hundreds of residents who have trusted them and backed them with their scarce cash. I honestly believe that 20 years from now they'll be dozens of these coop pubs run by working class people on estates across the UK, and the people of Bevendean & Moulsecoomb can be proud that they were bold enough to get behind this idea first of all. I'm hoping that people from all across Brighton & Hove, from all sorts of backgrounds, will visit the Bevy once it's open, meet some of the fantastic people that live on the estates, and by doing so will contribute to Brighton & Hove becoming less of a them & us/rich & poor city. I also hope that the Bevy's example will lead to new coops made up of local people making bread, doing laundry, selling groceries etc Moulsecoomb twinned with Mondragon? What a story that would be! Iain Chambers

7:53pm Mon 16 Dec 13

hubby says...

Now open up the Whitehawk Inn and the White Admiral.
Now open up the Whitehawk Inn and the White Admiral. hubby

8:51pm Mon 16 Dec 13

crochet says...

Will still be the same young kids wanting to fight each other ,vegetable patch will get distroyed great idea but come on it is moulsecomb you are talking about ..
Will still be the same young kids wanting to fight each other ,vegetable patch will get distroyed great idea but come on it is moulsecomb you are talking about .. crochet

10:29pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

In 20 years time there won't be any working class people left in Brighton and Hove if people keeping voting in parties such as the greens who feather the nests of the chattering middle classes and force working people out of their homes.
Bevendean and Moulsecoomb will soon be taken over by the additional 5,000 students this council is welcoming.
In 20 years time there won't be any working class people left in Brighton and Hove if people keeping voting in parties such as the greens who feather the nests of the chattering middle classes and force working people out of their homes. Bevendean and Moulsecoomb will soon be taken over by the additional 5,000 students this council is welcoming. Maxwell's Ghost

10:55pm Mon 16 Dec 13

ARMANA says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
In 20 years time there won't be any working class people left in Brighton and Hove if people keeping voting in parties such as the greens who feather the nests of the chattering middle classes and force working people out of their homes.
Bevendean and Moulsecoomb will soon be taken over by the additional 5,000 students this council is welcoming.
Your so right, Coldean, Moulscoomb Whitehawk all prime real estate, for rich folks working in London, it will take a while, but its coming,
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: In 20 years time there won't be any working class people left in Brighton and Hove if people keeping voting in parties such as the greens who feather the nests of the chattering middle classes and force working people out of their homes. Bevendean and Moulsecoomb will soon be taken over by the additional 5,000 students this council is welcoming.[/p][/quote]Your so right, Coldean, Moulscoomb Whitehawk all prime real estate, for rich folks working in London, it will take a while, but its coming, ARMANA

7:04am Tue 17 Dec 13

El Duderino says...

This is all very well, but did the new owners ever actually go into the old Bev? Flogging a dead horse.
This is all very well, but did the new owners ever actually go into the old Bev? Flogging a dead horse. El Duderino

7:33am Tue 17 Dec 13

Iain Chambers says...

El Duderino wrote:
This is all very well, but did the new owners ever actually go into the old Bev? Flogging a dead horse.
The new owners are 500+ people who live on the estates so of course they went into the old pub. If you had any idea of the work involved in getting this far you'd know why this pub will be a success. But some people like to carp ignorantly on the sidelines and hope for failure so they can say 'I told you so' rather than get involved to make the world a better place.
[quote][p][bold]El Duderino[/bold] wrote: This is all very well, but did the new owners ever actually go into the old Bev? Flogging a dead horse.[/p][/quote]The new owners are 500+ people who live on the estates so of course they went into the old pub. If you had any idea of the work involved in getting this far you'd know why this pub will be a success. But some people like to carp ignorantly on the sidelines and hope for failure so they can say 'I told you so' rather than get involved to make the world a better place. Iain Chambers

9:28pm Tue 17 Dec 13

SGK2000 says...

Well done to the Bevvy Crew and glad that all the hard work is paying off. Moulsecoomb/Bevendea
n gets a bad press but look what happens when a good story comes along 'outsiders' start sneering/

Somebody mentioned doing the same for the White Admiral, sadly that's already been knocked down and replaced by a truly dismal block of flats, designed, no doubt, by somebody who would never have to see it.
Well done to the Bevvy Crew and glad that all the hard work is paying off. Moulsecoomb/Bevendea n gets a bad press but look what happens when a good story comes along 'outsiders' start sneering/ Somebody mentioned doing the same for the White Admiral, sadly that's already been knocked down and replaced by a truly dismal block of flats, designed, no doubt, by somebody who would never have to see it. SGK2000

12:51am Wed 18 Dec 13

El Duderino says...

Iain Chambers wrote:
El Duderino wrote: This is all very well, but did the new owners ever actually go into the old Bev? Flogging a dead horse.
The new owners are 500+ people who live on the estates so of course they went into the old pub. If you had any idea of the work involved in getting this far you'd know why this pub will be a success. But some people like to carp ignorantly on the sidelines and hope for failure so they can say 'I told you so' rather than get involved to make the world a better place.
I used to drink there a lot as i grew up round the corner - i'll be delighted if i'm proven wrong, but i just don't think the pub will be able to survive without the committee having to let the local reprobates back in.
[quote][p][bold]Iain Chambers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]El Duderino[/bold] wrote: This is all very well, but did the new owners ever actually go into the old Bev? Flogging a dead horse.[/p][/quote]The new owners are 500+ people who live on the estates so of course they went into the old pub. If you had any idea of the work involved in getting this far you'd know why this pub will be a success. But some people like to carp ignorantly on the sidelines and hope for failure so they can say 'I told you so' rather than get involved to make the world a better place.[/p][/quote]I used to drink there a lot as i grew up round the corner - i'll be delighted if i'm proven wrong, but i just don't think the pub will be able to survive without the committee having to let the local reprobates back in. El Duderino

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