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Powys County Times Article
Seven Stars Inn: Aberedw community has bid accepted to buy the only pub in the village
By Anwen Parry @AnwenParryCT
A community’s bid to save its local pub has succeeded after its offer was accepted.
The Seven Stars Inn, a centuries old pub in Aberedw, near Builth Wells, has been saved by a group of locals after it was put on the market less than six months after it re-opened.
In June 2018, an application to convert the pub into a home was rejected by planning officers and then in September 2018, the pub re-opened under new ownership. Less than six months later it was back on the market for £275,000.
In a post on Facebook, the Save The Seven Stars Inn campaign group announced the “good news” about bringing the village pub back to life.
It added: “Rumours abound but the position is that a group of community-based people have joined together and made an offer for a community buy out of the pub, which has been accepted.
“To this end we have registered a company and are in the process of putting together a business plan together with a funding package to cover the purchase and start-up costs.
“It’s very early days yet, but we hope to continue with regular updates through this page and locally to keep everyone informed so watch this space. We are hopefully looking forward to your involvement and to all of your renewed support and custom.”
Since the news of the community takeover was announced on Monday, March 3, there has been overwhelming support for the new venture.
“Hooray!” Katie Barstow, of Fforest Fields Caravan and Camping Park, said.
“This is great news and well done to everyone involved. Our customers love the ‘walk to the pub’ and are going to be delighted to know it will be opening again!”
Gaynor James added: “Fab news…well done to you locals, whoever you may be.”
Builth Wells Rugby Club said: “Great news regarding the future of Seven Stars Inn. Wishing the new owners all the best for the future.”
An open meeting giving an update on what has been done so far will be held at Aberedw Church Hall on Tuesday, March 12, at 7.30pm, following the Aberedw Community Council meeting.