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Extra time called as shares bonanza puts co-op pub on target

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

The Fox and Goose co-operative pub share offer has been extended for an extra fortnight to give more people chance to invest in the popular community project.

A massive surge of support at the weekend has taken the share offer over 82% of its target, following a ‘last orders’ publicity drive in the local media and online.  Nearly 200 funders had invested more than £106,000 when the offer was due to close on Monday.

Due to popular demand from supporters of the well-loved Local, organisers have decided to run the share offer until midnight on Monday, August 12.

Fox share offer

Councillor Dave Young, Chair of the Fox Friends Steering Group said, “This is absolutely fantastic – we’re all bowled over by the way everyone has rallied round during the last few days of the campaign. This incredible response means the dream is now turning into reality. We’d like to thank the HebWeb  and all the local media for helping us over the final hurdle”.

“Now, a number of people, including quite a few Fox regulars and loyal supporters, have indicated that they were planning to invest but needed more time to apply. It’s important that as many people as possible can be a part of this wonderful community project – and we’ve still got nearly £25,000 to raise to hit the target figure – so we will be keeping the share offer running for just another two weeks.”

At the end of last week, investment was building gradually and share applications were just past the 50% mark. The target has been set at £130,000 to buy the traditional real ale pub on Heptonstall Road and to cover essential repairs and refurbishment – although nothing will be done which would change the traditional character of the historic hostelry.

Supporters can buy shares from £100 to the legal maximum of £20,000. More than half of the investors are from Hebden Bridge itself, with others coming from across Calderdale and the rest of Yorkshire – but there are also funders from as far afield as London, Nottingham, Chesterfield, Stratford and Burton upon Trent.

Unlike many of the pubs saved by communities across the UK, the Fox and Goose is still very much open for business, but it is under threat because of the deteriorating health of the landlady. There are now around 19 co-operative pubs in the UK and, so far, not one has had to close.

The Fox and Goose is steeped in history – with records of an ale house on the site going back to medieval times. Calderdale Council has formally listed the pub as a community asset, which means the local community has to be given first option to buy it.

Supporters can read the share offer documents and make their investment by visiting www.foxandgoose.org.

To pay by cheque there is a downloadable application form on the site or on the share offer site www.microgenius.org.uk.

Anyone with no internet access can speak to a steering group member – by leaving a message at the bar - and help will be available.

Previously, on the HebWeb

HebWeb News: Last orders call as co-op pub share offer enters final leg. (25 July 2013)

HebWeb News: Fox Friends stall in George’s Square (19 July 2013)

HebWeb News: Fox and Goose: Share Offer Launched to buy Community Pub (17 June 2013)

HebWeb News: Fox and Goose: Share Offer Launched to buy Community Pub (1 May 2013)

HebWeb News: Fox Friends back Co-operative Pub plans (Sept 2012)

HebWeb News - All aboard for the Fox Friends Beer Bus beano

HebWeb News: Fox Friends Drink to the Dirty Half Dozen (5 April 2012)

HebWeb News: Fox and Goose Pub Co-op

HebWeb Forum: Fox and Goose Pub Co-op (Jan-March 2012)