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A CAMPAIGN to keep a much-loved pub as a “local” serving its community has received a much-needed boost from a fellow pub.
The aim is to raise at least £300,000 to keep The Greys pub in Southover Street, Hanover, Brighton, as a community asset.
But fundraising is going slowly, with less than £30,000 donated online so far.
So the Friends Of The Greys team was delighted to hear another Brighton pub will be donating a fifth of its takings towards the campaign.
Brighton Bierhaus, Brighton Bier’s brewery tap in Edward Street, will host a Day For The Greys on Wednesday.
Twenty per cent of all money taken over the bar from midday to midnight will be donated towards the crowdfunding launched to buy the freehold of the famous Hanover music venue.
Customers will also have the chance to taste a beer-based cocktail specially created to celebrate the occasion as part of the Bierhaus’s weekly Kindred Spirits night.
Brighton Bier director Stephen Whitehurst said the company felt a solidarity with the community bid, having earlier this year bought the Bierhaus, formerly The Jury’s Out, from EiGroup, the giant pub landlord firm that has now put The Greys up for sale.
He said: “We strongly believe Brighton needs more independent freehouse pubs that can give people choice and quality when it comes to beer.
“It’s what we’ve tried to do at the Bierhaus and we’re sure that in the community’s hands The Greys can do a similar job.”
Bierhaus serves draught beers from other brewers alongside its own brews.
A spokesman for Friends Of The Greys, Keith Farmer, said he was delighted to win support for the campaign from a pub that’s only a five-minute walk away.
He said: “I’m one of those who has appreciated what the Bierhaus has brought to this part of Brighton and it’s fantastic that it’s now backing us in such a practical and fun way.
“Next Wednesday is sure to be a good day and we hope people will drop by the Bierhaus and help us raise the money we need to buy the Greys – simply by drinking beer.”
To support The Greys campaign, become a shareholder, or to learn more about the scheme to put the pub in community ownership, readers can visit the group’s crowdfunder page at: crowdfunder.co.uk/save-the-greys
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