Pub Saving Award
Save the Packhorse Project
Campaigners in Somerset who saved a 150-year-old village pub from closure have been awarded CAMRA’s prestigious Pub Saving Award, recognising communities that work hard to keep their beloved locals open.
The Save the Packhorse Project was set up in response to the much loved Packhorse Inn being sold to new owners, who planned to convert it into a residence with ground floor office space.
Campaigners quickly secured the support of the local council and residents, launching a local petition and securing national media coverage for the pub. They organised a Save the Packhorse pop-up bar to help raise funds and eventually were able to buy the pub as a community. It has now undergone huge renovations and reopened its doors exactly 400 years since its earliest days as an alehouse.
About the award
CAMRA’s Pub Saving Award recognises people that have come together to save a pub that would have otherwise been demolished or converted to another use. A panel of judges reviews the campaigning efforts of community groups across the country to highlight just what pub campaigning can achieve with the right tools and people behind it.
The award aims to secure publicity for pub-saving campaigns to encourage others to get involved in saving their local and is announced in December each year.