Village comes together to save Great Holland's last pub

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From weddings, to wakes, to an 18 year old’s first pint. The Manor in Great Holland, Essex has seen it all.

The village's last pub has been central to local life for 300 years and the community is so determined not to lose it, a group has come together in an effort to buy it.

The Manor in Great Holland has been a pub for 300 years Credit: The Manor Reborn

The Manor closed its doors at the start of the first lockdown in March 2020 and the owners have no plans to reopen. It’s up for sale and when an application was made to turn it into a residential property, the council declared it an asset of community value.  

Members of the village set up the Great Holland Community Benefit Society with the intention of raising £450,000 in share capital to buy the pub and run it as a community enterprise.

Plumbers, electricians and gardeners in the village have offered their help. Others have said they’d be willing to clean, collect glasses and pull pints.

Dawn and Paul Withams are among those trying to save the pub Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Manor Reborn Group feels confident it will raise enough money and save the pub for future generations.