A pub on the south side of Saffron Walden – the town’s first community owned pub. Saved by the community for the community to ensure this lovely old building serves the locals and beyond for years to come
The Plunkett Foundation helps communities to overcome various challenges by teaming up to establish and run community co-operatives. These projects are varied and include things like local shops, cafes, community gardens or allotments and – of course – local pubs!
The More Than A Pub scheme offers extensive practical advice and assistance to communities who are serious about creating a community pub in their town or village. They have advice on funding streams, pitfalls to avoid, they run events and workshops and loads more.
A community pub, bought by the locals and now pub of the year, proving that local communities can make a success of buying and running a pub! You can read about their Pub of the Year award here.
Here you can find a short history of the Railway Arms Pub, Saffron Walden, or you can search for the history of almost any pub in the UK!
EAST ANGLIAN TRACTION ENGINE SOCIETY – www.eates.org
A society which was founded way back in 1955 to promote the preservation and running of all types of Steam Traction Engine – and regular visitors to Saffron Walden (with their amazing Saffron Walden Crank Up events).
A vast number of pubs were built alongside railway stations – like the Railway Arms in Saffron Walden (the name gives it away!). Here you can find information about the now defunct Saffron Walden railway station, along with some interesting pictures of the station and the Railway Arms Pub from 1911 and 1929. You can also search for details of any of the many other disused railways stations too.
The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) was founded in 1971 and has over 185,000 members across the globe. CAMRA’s core aims are stated as ‘to promote real ale and pubs, as well as acting as the consumer’s champion in relation to the UK and European beer and drinks industry’, and to this end they have loads of resources for people who would like to find out about how to safeguard their local – or indeed people who just like a decent pint of beer!