The Butchers Arms Community Pub Crosby Ravensworth
The Butchers Arms, the only pub in Crosby Ravensworth, was purchased in the summer of 2011 following 2 years of partial closure and the almost inevitable sale of the building for housing. The community were, however adamant, that they did not intend losing their community pub (hub) and rallied round to support the establishment of Lyvennet Community Pub (LCP) Ltd. A community survey was undertaken to measure support, a Prospectus developed, and widespread advertising was undertaken through local papers and national radio, Ebay, Twitter, Facebook to national press, radio programmes and television shows. £300,000 was raised allowing building purchase and renovation (mostly through over 4000 hours of volunteer time) before reopening on 27 August 2011. LCP is an Industrial and Provident Society (a co-operative) with circa 330 shareholders who invested in purchasing the building; ‘bricks and mortar’. The pub is leased to tenants who are supported and have the freedom to develop their business on the condition that the Butchers Arms retains its community links. In subsequent years further work was undertaken to upgrade tenant accommodation, upstairs meeting/community room and the toilet facilities. The Butchers Arms success is down to the support from shareholders, community, our tenants and loyal customers.
The Butchers Arms, Crosby Ravensworth is a traditional Cumbria Village Pub nestling at the head of the Lyvennet Valley within the Westmorland Fells extension of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
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The Butchers Arms, Crosby Ravensworth

The Guardian 7 th July 2017 “When the only pub in the Cumbrian village of Crosby Ravensworth closed its doors in 2009, residents decided they were not prepared to simply sit back and accept the loss of a vital community hub. They took matters into their own hands, setting up a financial co-operative to bring their local back to life – which meant putting in their own money. For a minimum investment of £250, villagers and others sympathetic to the cause could become a “co-owner” of the Butchers Arms. A May 2011 article in the Guardian highlighting the venture contributed to a surge in the number of people signing up, and it was not long before the target was reached, allowing the co-operative to buy the pub, refurbish it and open its doors once again to drinkers and diners (the then-prime minister, David Cameron, even popped along to officially open the bar).”
The Butchers Arms, the only pub in Crosby Ravensworth, was purchased in the summer of 2011 following 2 years of partial closure and the almost inevitable sale of the building for housing. The community were, however, adamant that they did not intend losing their community pub (hub) and rallied round to support the establishment of Lyvennet Community Pub (LCP) Ltd. A community survey was undertaken to measure support, a Prospectus developed, and widespread advertising was undertaken through local papers and national radio, Ebay, Twitter, Facebook to national press, radio programmes and television shows. £300,000 was raised allowing building purchase and renovation (mostly through over 4000 hours of volunteer time) before reopening on 27 August 2011. LCP is an Industrial and Provident Society (a co- operative) with circa 330 shareholders who invested in purchasing the building; ‘bricks and mortar’. The pub is leased to tenants who are supported and have the freedom to develop their business on the condition that the Butchers Arms retains its community links. In subsequent years further work was undertaken to upgrade the tenant accommodation, upstairs meeting/community room and the toilet facilities. The Butchers Arms success is down to the support from shareholders, community, our tenants and loyal customers. The only way to understand the success of the cooperative is to visit the pub and talk to locals and shareholders who openly demonstrate their passion and pride in the achievement.
The Butchers Arms, Crosby Ravensworth is a traditional Cumbrian Village Pub nestling at the head of the Lyvennet Valley within the Westmorland Fells extension of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Lyvennet Community Pub Ltd, Registered with the Financial Services Authority, An Industrial and Provident Society - Register № 31175R
© Copyright 2019 is asserted for this entire site and its contents by