Villagers could buy The Spinning Wheel pub to save it from closure

The Spinning Wheel in Baston
The Spinning Wheel in Baston
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Villagers are considering buying shares in a pub to save it from closure.

The Spinning Wheel pub in Church Street, Baston, has been earmarked for closure by its owners Charles Wells Brewery and is due to close its doors on January 9. Its closure would mean only The Baskervilles would remain in the village.

But Ben and Kelly Field, who live in Church Street, feel so strongly the pub should be kept open they have sent leaflets to everyone living in the village proposing a community buyout. They have also set up a Facebook group called Save the Spinning Wheel.

In the leaflet, the couple suggest that if 250 of the 539 households in the village put in £1,174 each – they could raise enough to buy the pub, which has an asking price of £293,550. Everyone who put cash in would get a vote in a management committee which would run the pub.

Ben said: “Keeping it open is the prime driver. You see pubs closing all over the country and I don’t want it to happen here.

“The ideal situation is that someone would come in and keep it open as a pub but the community buyout is an option that we are looking into.

“We don’t want someone to come and knock the pub down.”

The couple are hoping to hold a meeting to explain more about the idea but only if they receive enough pledged cash support.

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A spokesman for Charles Wells Brewery confirmed the closure date and said despite the fact a sale sign had been taken down, the pub was being marketed by Gerald Eve.