Summary – Community Ownership idea

THE HENRY JENKINS COMMUNITY HUB

THE IDEA
The proposal is that the Henry Jenkins Pub be purchased by community shares and other funding means, refurbished, and converted to a business and social community hub for Kirkby Malzeard and surrounding areas.

With its central village location, large ground and first floor space and spacious rear south-facing parking and garden area, it is ideally located for use by Kirkby Malzeard residents and will also be attractive to people from surrounding villages and tourists/visitors to the area.

SERVICES
We would retain a bar and add a multi-use eating and coffee/tea area plus Bed and Breakfast accommodation upstairs. We are also researching the viability of a Bunk Barn, a Business/IT facility, a Post Office agency, Retail/Farmers market, a Heritage Museum/Tourist Info centre , Gym and a micro-brewery.

CUSTOMERS
The main custom would be drawn from the local community. The services we propose from within the Hub are generally not currently available in the village. Located within an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”, we would aim to attract walkers, cyclists, climbers, and other outdoor enthusiasts with the B & B and Bunkhouse accommodation and the food and drinks area.

The Hub services will also be specifically designed to cater for local young persons and socially isolated older persons.

ENCOURAGE LOCAL BUSINESS
The economic model for the Hub is principally to encourage local spending in the Hub for services that they currently can only purchase at Ripon, Thirsk, Harrogate  and other local larger towns. In addition, we would work to attract more holidaymakers, tourists and visitors to bring in additional funds.

These services could operate as individual businesses or in combination and would be ideal for local persons to run.

The absence of any sort of ‘brewery tie’, and/or other restrictive practices and the spread of the overheads over a number of businesses will keep costs down and work together to bring customers to the Hub