The Blue Bell at Cocking, recently purchased by the village community, opened for one night on Friday 17th May to allow residents and project supporters to celebrate in style. There was a huge turnout and the pub was filled to the brim all evening with chatter and laughter and children played in the garden as glasses were raised to the future of the Blue Bell Community Hub and the launch of the campaign to raise the extra funds needed to refurbish the building. An amazing £ 1,200 was raised on the night and the share offer remains open with donations also very welcome.
There is a lot of work to do before the Blue Bell can open as the new Hub for the Cocking community and the team still need to find that special person, or people, who as tenant will enjoy working to deliver the vision and bring life back into the village. “A big thank you Langham Brewery and The Three Moles Pub for their help, to all who volunteered clearing the garden and cleaning the Blue Bell getting it ready to open and for the live broadcast on BBC South Today, and to the many who came along to buy a drink and join in the celebration;” said a spokesperson for the steering committee. “After such a successful evening the next pop-up pub is already being planned as well as other fundraising events including open gardens, quiz nights and a village BBQ”.