Monday, December 4, 2023

A New Hope For Closed Belper Pub

The Bull’s Head pub, on Belper Lane end, has now been purchased by Town Councillor and Slenderella owner Gary Spendlove with the hope of reopening it as a community hub.

Mr Spendlove has purchased The Bull’s Head with the intention of it being a community run project and would like to hear from anybody who is willing to become involved and help make the project a success.

The Bull’s Head, on Belper Lane End, closed it’s doors in August of 2015.

At the time of closure almost a 1000 people signed a campaign to try and keep the pub open.

The Facebook community group ‘the Patrons Of The Bull’s Head’ wrote a letter to the then owner, the Wellington Pub Company, pleading for the popular building to stay open:

“We, the patrons of The Bull’s Head, Belper Lane End, and residents of Belper, Ambergate and surrounding areas, wish to voice our dismay and upset at the imminent closure of our beloved local public house.

“News of the Bull’s Head’s imminent closure has greatly upset the local community and we would like to take this chance to not only offer our support to the pub and the Grumpy Farmer, but also to ask the owners of the building to consider rethinking their terms and decision to close it.”

Speaking to Gary Spendlove today (18 May), his intention is to replicate the success of the recently reopened Spotted Cow in Holbrook. The community owned pub in Holbrook was bought by 225 people in the local community and opened it’s doors last July to much success. It serves as both a pub, cafe and community hub.

Currently the areas of support needed to get the pub up and running are:

  • Investment. Would you like to be a Shareholder?
  • Skills. There are repairs needing to be done to the fabric of the building and the help of any local tradespeople willing to offer their services will be invaluable.
  • Time. Helpers happy to get involved with general cleaning, painting and sprucing!

For all interested, there will be a meeting at St Faith’s church on Dalley Lane at 6pm on Monday 21st May where options will be discussed and people can register their interest in helping bring the pub back to it’s former glory.

If you are interested but unable to attend, please email explaining how you would like to be involved.

Claire Meese


3 thoughts on “A New Hope For Closed Belper Pub

  • Steve cresswell

    I may be interested in helping out
    Keep me informed
    Angels micro pub

  • Brian Milhench

    Don’t mind helping out with painting

    Brian Milhench

  • Shareen hill

    Would I be able to work in the kitchen when it reopens

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