12:00PM, Thursday 01 September 2016
A team has formally been assembled to try and take over the Craufurd Arms pub, which is up for sale.
Regulars and locals met at the pub, in Gringer Hill, to discuss their approach informally on Wednesday, August 24, and then firmed up their commitment at a meeting on Tuesday.
They have now formed the Craufurd Arms Community Group, and its steering committee will be chaired by Mark Newcombe, of the Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead branch of CAMRA.
He was elected at the group’s formal meeting on Tuesday.
Mark said: “There is plenty of work to do and at the end of the day, they do not have to accept our offer.”
The group has a business plan and will seek to launch fundraising and community engagement efforts in the coming months.
They will have six months to try and match the pub’s asking price, which Mark believed last week could be around £500,000.
The group will hold meetings every Tuesday at the pub, from 7.30pm.
More than 50 street parties are set to take place this weekend across the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and the surrounding areas.