Date set to update community on bid to buy Thurlow pub

The Thurlow Cock in Little Thurlow
The Thurlow Cock in Little Thurlow
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MEETING PLANNED: To discuss the progress of the planned community bid for The Thurlow Cock

The Thurlow Cock in The Street, Little Thurlow, was registered as an Asset of Community Value earlier this year to give the community the opportunity to bid for it.

A steering committee was formed to lead the community bid to purchase it on the open market and, having now met several times, the 12-member committee is ready to meet with residents to bring them up-to-date on what progress it has made and its intentions moving forward.

A spokeswoman for the group said they would be arranging a professional valuation of the pub to assist with the bid, which has to be placed with St Edmundsbury Borough Council by February 27.

She said she could not disclose the amount of money being discussed at this stage but conceded that a business plan had been drafted and funding would be expected to come from investors and grants from various charities.

The pub’s current owners are thought to have lived in the village for at least 50 years and relations between them and members of the steering group are said to be ‘civil and good’ with everyone working towards a ‘common goal’.

If The Thurlow Cock was bought privately, there is no guarantee it would remain as a pub.

Landlady Jane Reardon-Smith declined to comment at this stage.

The public meeting will take place at Thurlow Village Hall at 7.30pm on January 8.