12:00PM, Friday 26 February 2016
Villagers have joined forces to try and save a pub which is a hub for the community.
The Ye Olde Red Lion in Oakley Green Road is up for sale and a group of 21 residents has launched a bid to keep it in the community.
On Monday, February 15 papers were submitted to the Royal Borough under The Community Right to Bid, asking for the building to be registered as an Asset of Community Value.
The borough’s website states that under the Localism Act 2012, councils must list certain assets as being of value to the community.
If a listed asset comes up for sale, communities that want it then have six months to put together a bid to buy it.
Mark Newcombe from the Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) has helped residents with the paperwork.
“I think we have a good chance,” he said.
“It is the only pub in the village. To lose the community centre would be awful for the village.”
The pub is owned by Punch Taverns and since February 8 Mark Hunter and Ann Shenton have been the landlords. The pair are not involved in the right to bid and have taken the pub on as ‘interim leaseholders’.
Mark said: “This was our local pub, it was a Chinese restaurant before so we’re trying to make it back into a pub.
“There is a great community here, we have open mic nights, PTA meetings and charity events here.”
Visitors included Bob Regan, 69, who runs the Blue Acre Horse Rescue in Old Windsor and has been using the pub since the sixties.
He said: “I used to drink here in the sixties but it went downhill because they had the wrong people running it.
“Now Anne and Mark have taken over it has become a community pub again.
“A lot of families with young children come here in the early evening, it’s like a country pub.
“I think if it were to go it would be such a loss to Oakley Green.”
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