Church Fenton Community Hub was set up on 28th November 2017 to look, primarily, at the feasibility of keeping The White Horse Public House in the village of Church Fenton. This was following a resolution on 23rd November 2017 by Church Fenton Parish Council to "submit a formal expression of interest to be considered as a bidder for the White Horse".
The White Horse Public House has been operating in Church Fenton since 1881, providing catering and restaurant facilities. Sadly, it stopped trading in August 2016, and since that time the community has missed having a pub and restaurant in the heart of the village.
Due to a small group of determined people, a proactive and forward thinking Parish Council and support from many of the parishioners of Church Fenton, the pub was purchased by the PC using a Public Works Loan, approved by the government.
Following on from the purchase, Church Fenton Parish Council requested that a Community Benefit Society (CBS) be established to provide an ongoing management structure,
to act as landlord, on behalf of the PC.
As a result, CFCH Ltd became registered as a Community Benefits Society on 19th April 2018, and have since signed a lease with experienced tenants, H & P Pubs, who also run
The Boundary House at Methley.
In order to manage the period whilst the pub is being refurbished (and therefore unable to generate any income) CFCH Ltd launched a share offer to raise funds. This offer closed on
1st October 2018, and has resulted in having almost 200 shareholders, and exceeding the goal of trying to raise £50,000. Being a shareholder entitles a "say" on who is on the Management Committee, as well as how any surplus income may be spent in the future.
All planning applications submitted for The White Horse have been approved, including the proposed erection of a kitchen extension, and construction of new walls to car park/garden area. A great deal of refurbishment work is also being carried out, and the extensive work that is being undertaken on the outside of the pub is evident to all.
The White Horse is again becoming a landmark in the village of Church Fenton.
The future of The White Horse Public House has been secured, and the target date to re-open the pub is some time in June 2019.
CFCH Ltd have launched a successful share scheme, which is now in operation.
This has all been possible as a result of the commitment and support of the villagers of Church Fenton, and other surrounding areas, and it is hoped that everyone can once again enjoy the benefits of The White Horse, Church Fenton for many years to come.
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.