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Owner’s Farmer’s Arms vow
5:20pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
THE NEW owners of the Farmer’s Arms in Wellington Heath say it is their “firm intention” to keep it open as a pub.
The announcement has been welcomed by villagers, some of whom feared the pub could be turned into something else when it emerged that the new owner was a Bromyard-based builder.
Villager Peter Constantine, a spokesman for the community campaign group that battled to save the venue, said: “I am absolutely delighted that, at last, we have someone willing to buy the Farmer’s Arms and run it as a pub.
“It will be run as a free house and, if it is open by Christmas, the village will be inside it!”
The new owners, Jon and Jo Baker of Bromyard, said they hoped to re-open the pub “in the near future”.
But they themselves will not be familiar faces behind the pumps, because they are looking for a tenant to run the establishment.
They said: “Having purchased the Farmer’s Arms our intentions are solely for it to remain as a pub and believe it can be once again a thriving and viable business.
“Our first and foremost aim is to find suitable tenants and to get the Farmer’s Arms up and running with the hope to do further refurbishment in the fullness of time.
“Refurbishment work has already started.”
Coun Richard Hurley, chairman of Wellington Heath Parish Council, said: “I’ve had a long conversation with Mr Baker and I think it’s marvellous that he wants to run it as a pub.
“The villagers are very happy.”
He said it was his hope too the pub will re-open again by Christmas. It has been closed since summer 2012.
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