New film tells story of the ‘The Bell’ share offer
The Community Shares Unit has released a new film, telling the story of how a community came together to save one of the country's most iconic pubs.
The Bell is a much-loved freehouse in Walcot Street, Bath, converted from an eighteenth century coaching house. The Bell features live music three times a week, ranging from jazz to folk and roots music.
The Bell’s future was in doubt in late 2012, when the previous owner put the property and business on the market. Two packed public meetings helped create the momentum which saw a co-operative society established and over £750,000 raised through a community share offer, which has now seen the pub “owned by people who love, live and breathe The Bell”.
Bath has recently been named as one of the UK hotspots for positive investment in the Make Money Do Good report, released by investment website Ethex. They found that Bath residents had invested £2.3 million since 2012 in local community projects and businesses.
The film was produced by Seal Films, who are also working with the CSU on two more features which will be released soon to showcase how community shares have empowered groups up and down the country to take control of the things that matter to them in their local area.