Share this page

Small ads

Wednesday, 14 February 2024

Fox and Goose: 10 years as a community owned pub

Hebden Bridge's award-winning original community-owned pub is about to celebrate its 10th birthday with a festival of events.

West Yorkshire's first ever community-owned pub is hosting a long weekend of fun festivities to mark 10 years since its customers successfully joined together to secure its future.

The Fox and Goose in Hebden Bridge is marking the milestone with celebrations running from 21-25 March 2024.

Customers old, new and from every walk of life are invited to events including a mini beer festival showcasing the pub's favourite local breweries, DJs, live music, food, and an anniversary quiz. The festivities will also see the return of special-edition collaboration brews reflecting the pub's co-operative status, with anniversary t-shirts and merchandise also available.

Exciting new commemorative beers will come later this year.

The pub was saved in March 2014 when a group of regulars raised £130,000 to buy and repair the much-loved local, whose future came under threat because of the landlady's deteriorating health. The community share offer to buy the traditional pub attracted investment from 250 people including pub regulars, local investors and pub enthusiasts all over the country.

Later share offers in 2017, 2018 and 2019 increased its ownership to almost 300 members, while a current, open share offer is growing membership even further.

Fox Friends

Fox Friends members at the 2012 public meeting at the Fox and Goose

The Fox & Goose has thrived under community ownership since its rescue, winning new support from those who cherish its warm welcome, wide range of customers, and more traditional surroundings and atmosphere: an increasingly rare alternative to the self-conscious or impersonal branded feel of many modern-day venues.

The pub is winning awards too – like CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale pub of the Year in 2019 and 2022 – earning praise for its knowledgeable staff, the quality and diversity of its ales and beers, its eclectic programme of music and events and a new, much-loved converted outdoor space.

Aug 2013: Glasses are raised as co-operative pub share offer hits its target

The Fox & Goose Manager, Hannah Thurman said, "The Fox & Goose team is excited to be celebrating the contribution of Fox and Goose members, staff, customers and suppliers to the success of the pub over the last ten years. The 10th birthday is a chance to say 'thank you' to the community who together saved the pub and to welcome new members and customers."

Those wishing to join the 10th birthday celebrations can keep up-to-date by visiting the Fox and Goose website.

The Fox & Goose employs 13 staff who are all paid The Living Wage Foundation's Real Living Wage as a minimum.

The purchase of the Fox & Goose took place in March 2014. At the time it was Yorkshire's first co-operative pub and one of only 43 community-owned pubs in the UK. That number has now risen to over 150. More background to the community ownership for the pub can be found here.

The Fox & Goose Society Chair, Hannah Nadim said, "Over the past ten years the Fox & Goose has grown its reputation as a friendly, co-operative, sustainable pub, known for its quality and range of beers and drinks. We are delighted that our much-loved pub can be run for the benefit of the community, and we hope the community will join us to celebrate."

See also:

Fox and Goose website

Previously, on the HebWeb

HebWeb News: Fox and Goose purchase completed - it is now officially West Yorkshire's first Co-operative pub (21 March 2014)

HebWeb News: All hands to the pumps as pub prepares for community purchase (11 March 2014)

HebWeb News: Pub co-op buy-out deal gets green light (18 December 2013)

HebWeb News: Glasses are raised as co-operative pub share offer hits its target. (12 August 2013)

HebWeb News: Extra time called as shares bonanza puts co-op pub on target (30 July 2013)

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)

We try to make sure that information on the Hebden Bridge Web is correct, but if you are aware of any errors or omissions, please email us.

If you have comments on HebWeb News or Features please make a contribution to our Discussion Forum

More News