The White Horse Public House has been operating in Church Fenton since 1881, providing catering and restaurant facilities.
It was listed as an ‘Asset of Community Value’ (ACV) with Selby District Council on 28th October, 2017, providing a six month protected status until 24th April, 2018.
It has been vacant since August 2016, and it is currently marketed as a going concern by Fleurets, at an asking price of £350,000. The estimated cost of refurbishment is £100,000 to £130,000.
If not purchased by the community, it is likely to be acquired by a property developer for residential units. If this were to happen, the facility would be lost forever, as will the use of the car park by the primary school and nursery. The community would also lose a social hub - a facility to combat isolation and support rural living.
The Group asked the Church Fenton Parish Council on the 22nd February to apply for a Public Works Loan to support the purchase and refurbishment of the White Horse Public House. The Parish Council agreed unanimously and we are currently in the process of submitting an application.
We are a small group of villagers that feel passionate about keeping the White Horse open as a restaurant, bar and car park. As the project develops we will need more help and support. Jobs will range from gardening and stripping out the pub to more specialist roles like Quantity Surveyor. Please get in touch if you can help in any way.
We have been overwhelmed by the amount of support that we have received from the village and beyond. We aim to keep you up to date with plans and progress through this site so please keep coming back.