Our story so far..
The Marquis Cornwallis, in Chedburgh, near Bury St Edmunds, shut its doors in October 2016. In November 2016, following an application by the Parish Council, the pub and associated green land across the road was listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV), under the Localism Act 2011, by St Edmundsbury Borough Council.
The following year, in November 2017, the owner of the pub, Kenya Trading Ltd, put it on the market. This triggered a moratorium period, provided for by the ACV, during which time the owner could only sell to a community group, although they were not obliged to sell if they did not wish to. The Parish Council advised the local people of this situation and a Steering Group of local volunteers was formed, who met for the first time in January 2018.
The Steering Group conducted a survey of 100 people in Chedburgh and held a public meeting to gauge local support for attempting to save the pub. The reaction was very positive, and so the group began the task of preparing a bid for the Marquis. In order to do this, we have formed a Community Benefit Society, called Chedburgh Marquis Community Hub Ltd. We have researched various ways of running community pubs and prepared a business plan, detailing how we propose to achieve our goals. We intend to turn The Marquis into a successful community pub, with a café and ultimately a small shop. Our vision is of a hub for our community, where groups can meet, good food and beer can be served, and friends and neighbours can be found.