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The Bristol House Inn : Pub Saving Award

Campaigners in Weston-super-Mare who have been fighting to save their local from closure have become finalists in the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) first ever Pub Saving Award.

The Bristol House Inn, which has been part of the local community since the 1930s, closed in 2012 and was set to reopen as a Tesco Express. It was saved by the local community through a flurry of over 160 letters of objection along with a 3,000+ signature petition. The campaign group managed to secur...e an ‘Asset of Community Value’ (ACV) listing for the pub and gained a great deal of coverage in the media for their efforts, finally rejoicing when Tesco backed away from the sale.

More recently, the Co-operative Group applied for planning permission to convert the pub to a convenience store. The campaign group sprang back into action, organising objections by local people to the proposals. These objections were successful as the Council refused permission for the conversion.

The Pub Saving Award was launched by CAMRA this year to recognise communities who have successfully rescued local pubs from closure. The Save the Bristol House Inn campaign was presented with their award on Tuesday 29 November.

Above: Mark Thyer (left) receives the award from Richard Brooks (Branch Chair) and Peter Bridle (Branch Pubs Officer).

Below: Bristol House locals