Exciting plans for Cawsand’s Old Ship Inn

One of Cawsand’s oldest pubs could be rising from the ashes – literally.

The Old Ship Inn stood empty for many years, before it was destroyed by fire in 2013, leaving an empty ruin.

Now the Peninsula Trust have bold plans to bring the derelict eyesore back to life.

They want to restore the Grade 2 listed building and turn it into an important community asset.

The Peninsula Trust has over 600 local members and it aims to raise the cash needed for the project by offering local residents the chance to buy shares in the new enterprise.

The Community Share Offer, which opens on March 15 will allow private individuals to invest in The Old Ship as part-owners, with a modest dividend once the enterprise is trading profitably. There will be a meeting to discuss the share offer at the Kingsand Institute at 7pm on March 15.

General Manager Simon Ryan explained: “It will be a monumental task, but we have very clear aims for the project. The launch of the share offer providing individuals with the opportunity to invest and become part-owners of the building, an essential part of making this a truly community led initiative’.

On the ground floor, the bar area of The Old Ship will be re-created, using the memories and photos of local people. In addition the proposals include a café, large children’s area and also a village information section for locals and visitors at the rear. The trust is also hoping to build a small Heritage Centre to be supported by local experts.

Four flats will take up the upper floors, which will be let at reasonable rents to local residents on secure, long-term tenancies. This will bring year-round life back to Garrett St and provide vital living accommodation in the village.

Simon added: “Communities that come together can achieve amazing results. By raising the cash needed to buy and rebuild the Old Ship, the whole community can become actively involved in creating a major new community asset.”

The Trust is asking anyone interested in investing to visit the Rame Centre in Millbrook, call 01752 658516, email: admin@thepeninsulatrust.org.uk or visit the Trust website at www.thepeninsulatrust.org.

It also wants locals to provide letters of support to back the Trust’s applications to grant funders and other authorities.

The Old Ship Inn site is open for visits every Saturday in March from 10.30am to 12.30pm for anyone wishing to view the site and discuss plans.

 

First published in the Torpoint Advertiser – March 2018

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