Gloucestershire village rallies together to help revive beloved pub

More than 300 people rallied together at a 'pop-up pub' to help revive a beloved pub in a Gloucestershire village. The Rose & Crown Inn, a Grade II listed building and registered asset of community value in Nympsfield, has been popular with villagers and visitors since the mid-1800s.

The pub served its final pint in March 2023, following a sustained period of chronic under-investment in the overall infrastructure and fabric of the building. The Rose & Crown Inn is currently up for sale, but residents and its former customers are coming together to raise money to revive the watering hole into a community pub.

The Nympsfield Community Pub Group held their first fundraising event, a ‘Pop Up Pub’, which saw over 300 people join together to show their support and raise vital funds for the project on Saturday, May 18. The event was organised by a group of more than 20 volunteers and its empty pub car park was transformed into a "lively hub of activity."

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Organisers say the event "demonstrated the enthusiasm and commitment of the community to preserving this much-loved village pub". Matthew Burke, chair of the Nympsfield Community Pub Interim Management Committee said: "It’s been fantastic to see the incredible amount of support shown for our plans to re-open the Rose & Crown Inn as a community-owned pub.

"The Pop-Up Pub event was made possible by a group of volunteers from within the village, supported by local institutions and businesses, and it was a success because of the enthusiasm and spirit of the people who joined in to support it; from those who live in or near the village, to those who were walking or cycling past.

"It clearly demonstrated what we’re trying to do; to create a space that brings the whole community together, as well as appealing to visitors.”

More than 300 people rallied together at a 'pop-up pub' to help revive Rose & Crown Inn in Nympsfield -Credit:Nympsfield Community Pub Group
More than 300 people rallied together at a 'pop-up pub' to help revive Rose & Crown Inn in Nympsfield -Credit:Nympsfield Community Pub Group

The funds raised from the Pop Up Pub event will go towards funding activities required for the group to secure the purchase of the pub; ensuring its place as a central part of village life for generations to come. The Nympsfield Community Pub Group was established by residents in April 2024 to acquire the Rose & Crown Inn and operate it as a community-owned pub for the benefit of both the immediate and wider community.

The group will be launching their community share offer in the coming months, giving people the opportunity to purchase shares in the pub to raise the funds needed to purchase and restore the Rose & Crown Inn.

You can follow the Nympsfield Community Pub on social media or visit their website through this link.