The Auctioneers Arms in Caverswall was a much-loved pub that closed down as the owners wanted to sell. It was put on the market and the people in the village bought shares, supported by the Plunkett Foundation.
The pub is now running as a really successful business and is just one of the pubs in Staffordshire Moorlands that has been bought by the community.
Karen was therefore delighted to meet Terry Rogers and Brian Griffiths - two committee members from the team that reopened the Auctioneers in Parliament recently.
They had been invited to the House of Lords by the Plunkett Foundation in recognition of the success of the pub as a community asset.
“This is such a great success story and I was pleased to be able to give Terry and Brian a tour of Parliament and arrange for them to watch events in the Chamber from the Gallery.”
Through the Asset of Community Value scheme, communities can list facilities of local importance, including pubs. This means that if a pub owner wishes to sell up, the community has six months to come up with a plan and funding in order to try to save it.