Fight to save Holy Well Inn moving forward

Residents outside the Holy Well Inn
Residents outside the Holy Well Inn

Residents trying to take over a village pub have succeeded in their bid to have it listed as a community asset.

The listing of the Holy Well Inn, on Stainland Road in Holywell Green, means that residents will be notified of any bid to sell the pub and be given six months to try to get the funds together to buy it.

The owner of the pub - which has been shut since January 2012 -would not be obligated to sell to the residents but they say it is a step forward in their plans to take it over as a community enterprise.

They have also secured a £6,700 grant for their project.

John Walsh, from the Holy Well Inn Action Group, said: “It’s fantastic news.

“We’re not just trying to save the pub, we’re trying to put something at the heart of the community.”

The group hopes the pub would be used by everyone in the village.

Facilities often offered by similar community pubs include food, coffee shops, computer clubs, book clubs, cinema clubs, elderly lunch clubs, live music and recycling.

The action group is holding information days tomorrow and Sunday in the car park next to the Holy Well Inn, between 10am and 4pm, to let more people know about the project.

It is also holding a social evening at Elland Golf Club on April 11. Tickets are £5 and include a supper and quiz.

For more information visit the group’s site at www.holywellinn.co.uk.