Blue Bell Community Hub Project - Cocking, West Sussex

The heart of a Community at the heart of the South Downs National Park

The Blue Bell at Cocking - Country Pub, Café, Restaurant and B&B Accommodation

WE ARE BACK

The Blue Bell at Cocking, West Sussex • Re-opening Friday July 17 at 5pm • New Decor, New Manager and New Safety Rules
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The Blue Bell at Cocking, West Sussex

Country Pub, Café, Restaurant and B&B Accommodation

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The Blue Bell Community Hub

On 30th April 2019 the sale of The Blue Bell was completed with the financial support of so many Cocking residents, friends and supporters, some loans and partner grants. Since then the Hub has carried out extensive internal refurbishment.

Blue Bell Community Hub - Refurbishment
Café/Restaurant area before refurbishment
Blue Bell Community Hub After Refurbishment

The Blue Bell Community Hub opened in December 2019. This was a tremendous achievement and has, within the 18 months since we set out back in 2018, managed to save a key asset for our community, providing a foundation that will support the area for years to come.

The Hub facilities include bar, café/restaurant, bed and breakfast with a small shop and a South Downs visitor centre planned for the summer.

Artists impression of bar area before refurbishment
Artists impression of bar area before refurbishment
Bar area after refurbishment
Bar area after refurbishment

Funding and support

To date we have raised over £761,000. We have over 130 shareholders which has raised £110,000, personal donations come to £45,000 and fundraising and volunteering events have contributed £14,000. The rest of the funds have been achieved through grants, corporate and personal loans and a mortgage through the Triodos Bank.

Extra funding needed

We are now embarking on the external works which include the car park and patio area, garden works, a bike repair facility plus external decoration.

Some £11,000 is still required to complete these final works and all contributions and support will be gratefully received. We are also reaching out to grant bodies and all who support community projects such as this. The shareholding remains open, so new members of our community and other interested investors can still benefit from this opportunity. Details of the share offer, and donations forms can be found on here and community fundraising events.

Blue Bell Community Hub - Cocking - West Sussex - Vision

If you have not joined us in supporting the project through either Community Shares or a Donation, then please do. The Renovation Fund is key to make this a reality as soon as possible. Please also encourage those around you and friends and family to join in too.

Thanks for your interest.

September 2020 Blue Bell Community Hub Update

September 2020 - Blue Bell Community Hub Update

September 2020 - Blue Bell Community Hub Update

In this issue
• Autumn is here and so is our New Autumn Menu
• Pizza Night — Wednesday October 21 from 18.30
• More Tasty innovations for the Autumn/Winter season
• Christmas and New Year
• and much more!

Our Mission

Our aim is to make the Blue Bell the Hub of the Community, a hub that will incorporate a café, pub, accommodation, visitor centre, our post office and shop.

By working together with other enterprises in the village, it will ‘breathe life back into our community’ and provide the facilities and space that will serve people of all ages and background.

The Community Benefit Society (CBS) will raise funds to acquire, carry out initial works and provide the start-up working capital to create the Hub. It will employ a tenant and work with them in partnership to meet the communities needs.

The Blue Bell Community Hub will be the heart of the Community at the heart of the South Downs National Park.

Our Vision

To develop a sustainable community enterprise, that is inclusive and that delivers and contributes to a vibrant and thriving village that will also serve and involve those around us.

Latest News

The Blue Bell Community Hub Refurbishment Fund has been launched for the next phase of our project.

With your help we can turn this dream into a reality