Please see below for some of the documents that you might be interested in viewing and/or downloading in relation to the Save the Railway Arms Pub campaign including a short history of the Railway Arms Pub.


If you would like to apply for shares in Saffron Walden Community Pub Ltd, please complete and submit the SHARE APPLICATION FORM. If you have any share-related questions, please email

Documents and Information

Railway Arms Pub Saffron Walden

  1. Annual reports: 2021-22 Annual Report, 2020-21 Annual Report, 2018-19 Annual Report & 2017-18 Annual Report 
  2. Local Heritage List – Here’s the Local Heritage List
  3. Railway Arms Pub – Sales Particulars PDF – Here you will find all the sales details about the pub that we want to turn into Saffron Walden’s first community public house.
  4. The Saffron Walden Community Pub Limited Registration Certificate – Here is the certificate of registration of The Saffron Walden Community Pub Limited and the rules governing its model
  5. STRAP supporters’ letters to Uttlesford District Council – See what the Railway means to the community by reading some of the letters sent to UDC in support of the pub
  6. STRAP Public Meeting Tax Handout – here is some information about the taxation side of things for investors

Link and Resources

Here are links to some of the resources that have been of interest and/or of great help to the STRAP campaign. Some of the resources below might also be of interest to others who would like to safeguard their own local pub by researching the possibility of getting it listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV).


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!

CAMRA PUB OF THE YEAR 2016 – The George and Dragon, Hudswell

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.


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.


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!


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.

What is a community share issue?

Our application to establish a Community Benefit Society called Saffron Walden Community Pub Ltd was accepted by the Financial Conduct Authority and is in place. People were then invited to purchase shares in the society/pub and the share issue closed on 31st January 2018 having raised £250,000. Purchasing shares will give people 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.

STRAP Meeting 19 Apr 17

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