BACBS is delighted to announce that it has received an award of £1,000 from the Midcounties Co-operative Community Fund. We will use the money received to support our community programme, specifically the introduction of community lunches.
The Midcounties Co-operative said: “As a co-operative business, we work to make our communities more sustainable, and what stands The Midcounties Co-operative apart from other businesses is that we only do three things with our profits – invest in the business, distribute them to our members and support local communities.”
Eighteen months after being purchased by our Community and, more extraordinarily, less than one year after our tenants – Aimée and Joe – opened for business, The Abingdon Arms has been crowned Best Community Pub in the UK 2018. The pub appears in the 2018 Sawday’s pub guide and has been chosen from the almost 800 pubs featured for the special award - one of only six national awards handed out by Sawday’s.
Mike Hobbs, Chairman of the Beckley & Area Community Benefit Society – owners of the community pub – said: “We've just received this fantastic news. What a brilliant achievement in less than one year of operation!”
Congratulations go to all the members of our community and our investors who made this possible and to Aimée, Joe, Tom and their team at the pub for their hard work and dedication. Well done!
BACBS was short-listed for the Plunkett Foundation's Rural Community Cooperatives Award 2017 in recognition of the sterling contributions made by our shareholders and community volunteers towards purchasing The Abingdon Arms, repairing and refurbishing both the pub building and garden, and developing an exciting 'More than a Pub' programme. Although we did not win the award, our achievements were celebrated at the awards ceremony on 6th December. The shortlisting was a tribute to the vision, cooperation, community involvement and commitment evidenced by our venture.
Exciting news! We've just heard that we've been shortlisted for the Community Co-operative of the year for South East England. We will find out whether we've won at the award ceremony on the 6th December. Watch this space!
The Abingdon Arms is now open for coffee, tea and cake on Friday mornings from 9am. Everyone welcome!
Did you know that The Abingdon Arms first Beckfest has resulted in a donation of £400 to the local school. Great news!
The first AGM will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday 15th November 2017 at Beckley Village Hall. Information about the meeting will be sent to Members in advance.