Community hub set to open

Pictured are members of a Bamford Community group outside the village pub The Anglers Rest
Pictured are members of a Bamford Community group outside the village pub The Anglers Rest
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A Peak District pub which has been taken over by local residents is set to open its doors this weekend.

Villagers in Bamford raised a total of £263,500 to buy the Angler’s Rest which they are turning into a community hub.

The pub was officially handed over to the Bamford Community Society on October 28, and the group is now working hard to prepare for their opening night on Saturday November 2.

The plan is to turn the pub into a community hub, and to house several services in one building. The society will be opening a café in the building in late November, and the village Post Office will relocate there in January 2014. In the longer term the property will also feature bunkhouse accommodation and car parking for both residents and visitors.

Liz Marshall, of the Bamford Community Society, said: “It was such a special moment when we finally became the owners of the Angler’s Rest. It is the culmination of two years of hard work and commitment and was a much bigger undertaking than any of the group initially expected.

“Over the next few months we hope that the Angler’s Rest will become a true community hub that all of Bamford’s residents can use and enjoy, and that will also attract visitors to the village.

“When we first started we were told that local people wouldn’t buy into the pub in order to secure its future. But this project has shown that local people do care about their community assets and services, and we are thrilled by the high level of support we have received.”