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Chris Barnes writes:


At the beginning of November, James Robson, as Chair of the Parish Council, received a letter from Hambleton District Council informing him that Leavendale Properties Ltd., the owners of the Duke of Wellington, had written to the Council expressing ‘their intention to dispose of the asset on the open market’.


This of course is not the first time this has happened but the matter is now perhaps somewhat complicated because Leavendale are apparently wanting to split the site and sale into two parts; (a) the pub and its immediate surrounds, including we assume all the existing rear car park, and (b) the bottom portion of the site beyond the rear car park where they have expressed an intention to apply for the necessary planning permissions for the construction of two detached houses for residential purposes.


Given the timescales involved, a few of us have already started to investigate solutions by which our community could take over the freehold of the pub and thence develop a more sustainable and consistent pub business into the future. Clearly there are financial implications in all of this, but it is equally important we consider a wide range of very important community and social opportunities. 


In order to give us the time to engage across the community and, hopefully with your support, formulate whatever appropriate ideas and plans, we intend to ask the Council to implement a 6 month moratorium preventing Leavendale from entering into any legally binding contracts. This will not prevent them from discussing potential sales with other interested parties but it does give us a realistic opportunity to consider and, if agreed, make our own bid.


We have also been busy gathering information to better help us formulate our plans; including from significant organisations in this field such as …

There are many and varied reasons why we believe we should be doing this; here are just a few supported by research undertaken by the Plunkett Foundation …

A public meeting has been organised in Welbury Village Hall on Monday 25 November at 7.30pm to update you on the latest information available to us, to provide more information on the challenges and opportunities we face and generally to gauge support for a potential community bid. 


We believe that retaining a pub in our village, and indeed developing it into a more successful and consistent asset for the future, should be of real interest to us all … for financial, social and community reasons. We hope you agree and look forward to seeing you at the meeting and hearing your thoughts and ideas on how best we might take this forward.


In the meantime, and especially if you’re unable to attend the meeting, we’d be delighted to hear from you; whether by email to thedukecbs@outlook.com or by contacting one of the following by phone …Colin Barker, Chris Barnes  or James Robson. We will, in any case, be organising more meetings into the future as things develop.


We look forward to seeing you on Monday.


Thank you.




Sue McDonnell writes:


Trianne is the choir of Welbury and the Rountons (and anyone else who enjoys singing. New members welcome)


The Choir are performing a Christmas Concert on Tuesday 26th November at St. Mary’s Church in Appleton Wiske.

Tickets cost £5 available from the shop and post office in Appleton Wiske. Refreshments, including canapes, will be served at the Interval. Doors open 7 p.m. for a prompt 7.30 start.


Proceeds from the concert will go to the Friends of St. Mary’s Church with a donation also given to St. Leonards Church in Welbury.


Please come along for an enjoyable evening and support your local churches.




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