(From left to right) Cameron Smith, Steve Holroyd, Rory Stewart MP, David Graham, Councillor Joan Raine, the Prime Minister, Keith Taylor (our tenant), Libby Bateman, Tom Woof and Kitty Smith outside the Butcher's Arms Community Pub
The PM signing the Butchers Arms Visitors' Book
Prime Minister David Cameron visited The Butchers Arms community pub in Crosby Ravensworth on Wednesday to meet the board of The Lyvennet Community Pub Ltd and to enjoy a slap-up Big Society Vanguard luncheon furnished by The Crosby Ravensworth Food Alliance. The meeting was set up at short notice and without prior disclosure due to essential security considerations. The LVC and Herald Photographers had no idea what they’d be covering. What better blessing could any community endeavour enjoy? There was a slightly dream-like quality to the visit. All the hard work of the board and volunteers has produced a beautiful result.
The weather was bright, as was the new white-washed exterior and hanging flower baskets, the air full of expectation and there was a lovely smell of new paint and furniture inside the pub, springy new carpets and gleaming fixtures promising a fresh future for The Butchers Arms.
The Crosby Ravensworth Food Alliance laid on a fine spread of local food and the saloon and dining area was filled with earnest discussion during the refreshment.
Big Society Vanguard lunch at The Butcher's Arms. From right to left Keith Taylor (our tenant), David Graham, the Prime Minister, Rory Stewart MP, Tom Woof, Libby Bateman, Councillor Joan Raine, Steve Holroyd, Kitty Smith and Cameron Smith
Big Society Vanguard lunch at The Butcher's Arms. From right to left Keith Taylor (our tenant), David Graham, the Prime Minister, Rory Stewart MP, Tom Woof, Libby Bateman, Kitty Smith and Cameron Smith.
Cameron Smith of Lyvennet Community Pub Ltd. explaining how the community pub was established. From right to left, our Prime Minister, Rory Stewart our MP for Penrith and the border, Tom Woof and Libby Bateman.
The buffet of local food from the CRFA was excellent!
The CRFA team did us proud! Good wholesome fare - Winter Tarn Cheese, Bankhead Beef and Vistaveg salad. (From left to right) Jillian Hewitt, Councillor David Hewitt, Tricia and Jeremy Jackson
(From right to left) Cumbria County Councillors Tom Lowther and Gordon Nicholson discussing matters of importance.
The visit was great fun!
Our Prime Minister in a postprandial chat with Lyvennet Community Pub Ltd. Board members and volunteers (from Left to right), David Graham, Cameron Smith, Councillor Joan Raine, Kitty Smith, and Steve Holroyd.
The Butcher’s Arms will be open from Thursday 18th for a test-run to prepare for the grand opening which will be on Saturday, August 27th!