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Villagers raise a glass to a closed pub

The latest in the campaign to save the White Hart in Hamstead Marshall

Charlotte Booth

Charlotte Booth


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Villagers raise a glass to a closed pub

THE campaign to save The White Hart Inn at Hamstead Marshall from being sold to developers continued with a Pint in the Paddock event on Bank Holiday Monday. 

Pint in the Paddock was accompanied by a pop-up pub called The White Heart and was sponsored by the campaign team, which has been set up to save the inn.

Member of the campaign to save The White Hart Inn, John Handy, said: “In the ordinary course of events the pub would be the centre of village activity and support events such as the local fete or festival.

“We are a very active village with a profitable village hall, a monthly market, small jazz festival and functioning church, but need our pub back.

“We held the event to demonstrate to the owner, who closed it in 2015 with the intention to develop the site, that there is still overwhelming support in the village to maintain the pub at the heart of the community.”

Approximately 40 people were at Pint in the Paddock and a barrel of beer was provided by Two Cocks Brewery. 

Mr Handy said: “It was a way to thank all the people who have supported the campaign.”

Since 2015, two applications have been made to convert the site into four dwellings and both were refused by the planning authority as it believes the pub is a viable business now and in the future. 

A number of approaches are thought to have been made to the current owner of The White Hart, but no final terms were agreed.

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  • Justin S

    14/09/2017 - 10:10

    Unless the crowd attend every night and consume copious amounts of alcohol, to the point of becoming alcoholics , it will not sustain a sensible turnover for the pub to stay open. The pub is in the back of beyond and people , on a regular basis wont want to frequent it that live away from it. Its a sad state of affairs with nice pubs closing in villages, but they can become nice dwellings in replacement.


  • rooter37

    13/09/2017 - 11:11

    So 40 people turn out on a sunny day when free beer is available, hardly paints a picture of the sustainability of running the pub does it. Village pubs are dying, get used to it. Supermarket prices, high rates, high costs, low margins, unless you are set up as a quality food/B&B destination, its no longer viable these days.