In November 2018, Aylesbury Vale District Council has informed the parish council that Enterprise Inns, owners of the Green Dragon in Churchway, intends to proceed with the sale of the pub.
Some months ago CAMRA's Aylesbury and Wycombe Branch took the initiative to have the Green Dragon listed as a community asset.
As a consequence of this listing, the proposed sale of the building triggers an Interim Moratorium Period lasting six weeks during which time Community Interest Groups with a local connection may register an expression of interest in purchasing the property.
The six week period commenced on Tuesday 6th November 2018 and will expire on Tuesday 18th December 2018.
Any Community Interest Group with a local connection that wishes to express an interest to bid for the purchase of this property must notify AVDC in time,
The Green Dragon has been part of village life for well over 200 years and was the home of the Court Leet (it was named after the Earl of Pembroke's emblem when he was lord of the Haddenham and Thame area). Many would feel it a sad loss to see a new owner apply for change of use, and turn the building and its land into dwellings.
As residents of Haddenham, we are aware that the management of the pub has been erratic for some time now with multiple tenant/managers and prolonged periods of it being closed and unoccupied.
It is even more frustrating that we finally have a member of our community in Abi Armstrong running the Green Dragon and, given that she has made such a success of The Kings Head she no doubt would do the same for the Green Dragon, it is frustrating for all that her management of the pub should be jeopardised by this decision.
Wisely, the pub has been listed as a Community Asset by CAMRA's Aylesbury and Wycombe Branch and this gives the community a period of time to raise funds to buy the property if commercial terms can be agreed with the owners.
We are a small group of residents who wish the future of the pub to be secured, so it can be a central part of our community. We are genuinely concerned for the pub and worried that its future use could be changed irrevocably.
Given these concerns, we have gathered as a group of like-minded individuals and friends and called ourselves "Green Phoenix". We have formed a Community Interest Company and registered interest in purchasing the property with AVDC.
We then plan to enter into negotiations with the owners, Enterprise Inns, and look to raise the necessary funds through a number of methods. The whole community will have the opportunity to be owners in the venture.
If successful under our plan, the pub will be owned by the community and any profits made will be reinvested in the pub to secure its long term future. However, we would look to find a professional tenant to manage the pub or to engage with a management company — we know which side of the bar we are best found on ....!
We are all volunteers and will receive no financial remuneration or benefit apart from the pleasure of hopefully seeing a valued asset secured for ours and our children's futures. We are currently in discussions with an organisation called "Pub is the Hub" that assists and advises communities in saving and purchasing pubs for their communities.
We wish to engage with as many people as possible in Haddenham and are keen to hear from anyone who is interested in assisting or being involved in any way. We have made Abi aware of our plans and she is supportive. These are very early days for all of us and I am sure there will be multiple questions from everyone that hopefully we will be able to answer. If we can't, we will do our best to find the answers to the questions you may have.
We are a group of friends and residents of Haddenham, for transparency we have listed our names below and are looking to engage and involve as many people as possible.
Jamie Hall — High St
Nick Leale — Churchway
Jon Proctor — Churchway
Paul Dixon — Platers Road
Chris Martin — Fern Lane
Alex Giles — Platers Road
Gareth Cheeseman — High Street, Thame
Johnny Payne — Thame Road
Alex Wagstaff — Churchway
We have formed a Community Interest Company and intend to raise enough money to purchase the pub for the community.
It is early days but we will need a huge effort from the community to make this happen, please make contact expressing your interest and we will keep you informed of developments!
Please register your interest by emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Haddenham, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
If you feel you can contribute to our upfront (non-recoverable) legal and surveying costs, we would be very grateful, our bank details are below:
The Green Phoenix Public House Community Interest Company
If you wish to donate to these initial costs via cash or cheque then please make any cheques payable to “THE GREEN PHOENIX PUBLIC HOUSE COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY” and drop it through Jamie’s door at 21 High Street or Nick’s at 27 Churchway.