Friends of the Fleur

Help save our pub for the community. The Fleur de Lys in Dorchester-on-Thames has recently been put up for sale. Fearing the pub could be lost, a community steering group has been set up to raise funds to buy the Fleur de Lys, renovate it, find a suitable tenant and re-open it.

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IT MUST NOT BE LOST AS A VILLAGE ASSET

IT MUST NOT BE LOST AS A VILLAGE ASSET

We want the Fleur de Lys, Dorchester-on-Thames to be owned by and run for the community. It can be more than just another pub. This historic building is superbly sited to become a community hub for Dorchester. We do not want to see the pub shut or get run down before change of use.

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How would it be saved?

By the community buying the pub through a Community Benefit Society (CBS). The Fleur has already been registered as an Asset of Community Value. We are in a moratorium period when no sale can be made, which expires on 20th November. This gives us time to prepare a bid. We have a tight timescale. The asking price is £655,000. We need to raise money to buy the freehold, cover acquisition costs, perform necessary refurbishments, recruit a tenant, and retain a contingency.

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What next?

What next? We need to establish how much the community is willing to invest, and whether there is a willingness in the Dorchester and surrounding villages to contribute su cient funds to make the project viable. The more people who are able to pledge a commitment to buying shares, and the greater the community involvement in our project, the greater the chance of success. We are not yet at the stage where we can launch a formal share offer so at present we are asking for Pledge Forms to be completed to help us demonstrate the level of support.

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