Pop up Pub This Weekend 22nd-24th March 2019

Come and support us at the Pop up Pub this weekend:

  • Home-made and locally sourced food.
  • Beers from the Toppesfield Green Man and Wylde Sky breweries.
  • Our own community produced cider.
  • Wines from Joseph Barnes.
  • Friday night is ‘Race Night’ raising money for The Greyhound Trust. Come along to enjoy the fun and support a good cause.
  • Saturday afternoon. ‘Four Square’ tournament.
  • Saturday Evening. Sharp Set + support and open mic sessions.

Please get in touch if you can

  • help behind the bar
  • serve food
  • decorate Fairycroft House
  • organise games
  • set- up the stage.

Click here to get in contact or call on 07766 471350

Railway Arms Pub News

Chairman’s Update – March 2019

Latest Info: Pop up Pub Weekend and Latest News

Dear All,

Further to Charles Wells’ withdrawal of their planning application for the Railway Arms I can now report that pre-application discussions concerning a revised scheme are expected to commence shortly.
In advance of last week’s Town Meeting, and a request for an update on their thinking, we had a call from the company to say that an architect had been briefed and that a document would be submitted to UDC planners by the end of the week.

Clearly we’ll all be interested to see where this may lead but, at the moment, all we have is that the company were considering developing within the footprint of the current building, moving the toilets upstairs and reducing the size of the staff flat.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on the UDC website and we’d hope that any proposals arising from discussions will be made public at the earliest opportunity. They would surely need to address the concerns raised in opposition to the previous scheme which centred on the partial focus of the application and it’s silence in respect of the local heritage listed outbuildings and the ACV listed, green open space, gardens. Protection of the historic fabric of the building/s, parking arrangements, DDA compliance, health and safety and the requirement to create a viable business will again be key to a solution.

The news lays to rest any fading hopes of a last minute draw down of funds from the More Than A Pub programme. The end of March will see the programme draw to a close and we should all congratulate its constituent bodies on their support and funding for 38 community owned pubs across the country. Many more groups, ourselves included, remain in the pipeline and the news that further funding via a second More Than A Pub programme will be available from June is very welcome indeed. We remain confident that, if by chance, the current discussions fail to identify a solution that the owners and a tenant can make work, MTAP2, the share capital that remains in SWCP Ltd and the emergence of alternative funding streams, will ensure that our offer remains on the table. All parties are aware that we believe that the Railway, as it stands now, meets all the planning requirements outlined above and that, in community ownership – relieved of the requirement to turn a hefty profit, it can be a viable and important part of the life of this town for many years to come.

We are fortunate that this renewed focus on the future of the Railway Arms comes just as we begin the build up to our next Pop up Pub event at Fairycroft House. We’ll have plenty to talk about over the coming weekend (22-24 March) and plenty in terms of community benefit to enjoy. There will be home-made and locally sourced food on Friday and Saturday. Beers from the Toppesfield Green Man and Wylde Sky breweries, along with our community produced cider and wines from Joseph Barnes, make up our locally produced and sourced bar offering. Friday night is ‘Race Night’ with ‘Honest’ Tim Walker taking your punt on all the runners in our televisual race meeting. We’ll be raising money for The Greyhound Trust so come along to enjoy the fun and support a good cause.

Saturday aftenoon will see games in the main hall (details to follow) and the evening will offer open stage performances from around 7pm supporting a quality bill culminating in Sharp Set, the famed spin-off from the Walden Buskers. Peter and Dom promise a bluesy, old timey, English/American/Irish folk session to complement last weekend’s St Patricks Day celebrations.
Sunday offers a quiet lunchtime session (12-4pm).
We’re looking forward to seeing you all over the weekend and would only ask that you come and enjoy yourselves, bring friends and family and make it another special community Pop up Pub.

That said, should you wish to get involved helping behind the bar or with preparations, cooking and serving food, decorating Fairycroft House, organising games, setting up the stage or in any other way please, please do get in touch. Opportunities for volunteering abound.


The Saffron Walden Community Pub Ltd (SWCP) Annual Report and Financial Statements 2017-18

The Annual Report and Financial Statements 2017-18 are available to view: HERE (or click the button below)

Please also see the latest Chairman’s Update for the latest news from the campaign.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY given that the Annual General Meeting of Saffron Walden Community Pub Ltd [SWCP] will be held at 17:30 hrs on Saturday 27th October 2018 at Fairycroft House Audley Rd, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 3HD for the following business:

1. Apologies for absence
2. Notification of AoB
Members are requested to declare any items for later discussion under AoB
3. Notification of business interests/ self declaration
To declare any potential conflicts of interest on any matters to be discussed
4. Annual report and financial Statements
To receive the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2018

5. Future Development
To consider the Society’s future strategy and development.
6. Election of the members of the Management Committee
In accordance with the Society’s Rules, all members of the Management Committee are required to stand down.
Anybody interested in being nominated for election onto the Management Committee should advise the Secretary at Secretary@strap.org.uk. before the meeting. No nominations will be accepted at the meeting.
Elections for the appointment of members onto the Management Committee will be held at the meeting.
7. Any other Business

8. Date/time of future meetings


Would you like to see Saffron Walden’s first community-owned pub?

Save The Railway Arms Pub (STRAP) is a campaign to save a great old public house in Saffron Walden and to create a community pub that locals can be proud of.

Would you like to see Saffron Walden’s first community-owned pub?

You can download Share Offer Prospectus, Our Business Plan and our Model Rules below. Please also fill in a Questionnaire to tell us what you’d like to see in the new pub. 

How much is raised so far?

So far 291 people have purchased shares and we have raised £250,000 and thus we have reached our £250,000 target!

Thank you very much for your support.

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What’s the plan?

The plan is to save The Railway Arms pub through a community buy-out and re-open it as Saffron Walden’s first Community Pub.

We are proposing that The Railway Arms pub on Station Road in the town should be brought back from the brink and kept as a pub.

The Railway was officially registered as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) at a district council meeting on 30th March 2017. This was a great victory in the face of strong opposition from the owners, and things have moved on massively since: we now have raised our initial target of £250,000 in share applications, which puts us on a great footing as we attempt to buy the Railway. 

Take a look at our Facebook page and Twitter feed for regular updates on the campaign.

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What are the next steps?

£250,000 target reached – now we’re trying to buy the pub!

  • With our share issue closed and the initial target reached we are now trying to actually purchase the pub. We’ll send out news as it materialises.

You can still do any (or all) of the following to help (if you haven’t already):

  1. Join our mailing list (submit your email address above)
  2. Fill in the Community Questionnaire to give your views about what you would like to see in Saffron Walden’s first community pub
  3. Come along to our next Pop up Pub event – details to be posted on the website in due course.

We will post regular information about the proposals for funding the purchase of the pub and the initial renovation and running costs. It is estimated that approximately £400,000 will be required to get things up and running, and the majority of this money (£250,000 to date) has been raised from a community share issue. Other funding has been acquired through grants and community loans.

What is a community share issue?

Our application to establish a Community Benefit Society called The Saffron Walden Community Pub Ltd has been accepted by the Financial Conduct Authority. Anyone interested is invited to purchase shares in the society/pub which would given them a vote on all major decisions in relation to the management strategy and how the pub is eventually run.

Whether someone purchases a single share or a hundred, and invests £50 or £5,000, each member of the Community Benefit Society will have one vote only.

In addition, though the value of the shares will not increase, it is proposed that there will be an interest dividend that is paid annually to shareholders, the rate of which will be set annually. Shares may only be sold back to the society.

The share issue has been assessed by HMRC as eligibale for the Enterprise Investment Schemes which means that investors are able to claim tax relief of 30% – 50% on their investment.

The Share Prospectus and our comprehensive Business Plan have been published and are available to view (see button above).

STRAP Meeting 19 Apr 17

Get involved!

If you are interested in the STRAP campaign, please come along to the next event (details of which will be posted on our website, Twitter feed and Facebook page). We’re really excited about our recent Pup up Pub events as they have allowed us to meet regularly, share news and updates, meet new people and old friends and talk about the things that interest us and others – just like we’d do in the Railway in fact. The first three events were brilliant, and we expect future events to be better still!

If you can’t make it to the next event, submit your email address above and we’ll send you further information and news as it arises.

If you’d like to ask any questions about the campaign, or indeed if you’d like to put forward any ideas or make any suggestions, please fill in the form on our contact page.

“One of the best things you can do to help save the pub, is follow the link below and join the Community Benefit Society and buy some shares. Thank you.”

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