Two fantastic campaigns have sprung into life this week, as our community steps forward to try to save important local features. First up – a pub:
1. Save The Greys
The Greys pub on Southover Street has long been famous for fine food, great beer, and its intimate and friendly atmosphere, with music nights that attract high profile, international folk, country and blues artists.
Over the past five years, however, this extremely popular local has seen multiple changes of management and been starved of investment. It is now in danger of closing its doors forever.
The Friends of the Greys was formed to try and offer up a better, brighter future for The Greys and the building has been granted Asset of Community Value status by the Council; but we now have only until late December to make a successful bid to Save The Greys!
Who are The Friends of The Greys?
We are a group of old, new and in some cases, ex-residents who, not only love The Greys for all its history and warmth, but who want to realise a sense of community and shared values within this amazing, diverse corner of Brighton & Hove. The Greys as a Community Free House has the potential to offer all residents a social space in which they can contribute and share in projects aimed at enhancing and strengthening their community.
What a Community Free House will mean
Our vision is to reinvent The Greys as a social enterprise owned and run by the residents of Hanover and the wider public of Brighton and beyond. We aim to provide a daytime resource for community groups, offering space for creativity, learning, support and wellbeing initiatives run by, and for, residents.
We will also focus on providing the very best of British and worldwide real ales and craft beers, locally sourced food, and reinvigorating the Greys tradition of live music. Any surplus will be ploughed back into local community causes.
We are working hard to develop a business plan and identify potential sources of external funding. We are also planning a share offering to be launched later in the autumn, giving the public the opportunity to become owners of this new Community Free House – and enjoy benefits as members of this social enterprise.
To find out more, visit the website www.savethegreys.co.uk or click on the image in the lefthand sidebar
2. Save the Trees
Next up, Hanover Action have launched a crowdfunder to replace dead street trees in the area:
Saving our diminishing tree canopy in Brighton and Hove.
We are fundraising to replace dead street street trees in Hanover & Elm Grove.
£350 Initial Target:
This will help us to replace two trees:
1. A Silver Birch (Betula pendula) tree in Ewart Street (Hanover) that forms part of the silver birch planting in the whole street.
2. A Wych Elm outside Elm Grove School, Elm Grove.
These two tree replacements are possible with our initial £350 target and the offer of match-funding from local Councillor David Gibson’s ‘Ward Councillor Budget Scheme 2017-18’. Agreement has been secured from Brighton & Hove Council for enabling works (Highways Basic Maintenance would prepare grinding site and reinstate hard surfaces ).
Our £1,500 Stretch Target!
We want to exceed the initial £350 target so we can replace other dead trees.
3. This include a Wych Elm tree at the junction of Totland Road-Hartington Road, that forms part of the avenue of Elms that runs from the Lewes Road all the way up Hartington Road.
4. A Wych Elm at 225 Elm Grove:
These last two trees will be replaced in negotiation with Brighton & Hove Council for the enabling works. Due to lack of Council funding this may include a larger financial contribution to enabling works, and reinstatement of pavement, etc.
Please help us however small your donation 🙂
Find their crowdfunder at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/hanover-action or click on the picture in the sidebar.