Stockland Community Pub Ltd

(This page is maintained by the Stockland Community Pub Ltd. (SCPL) Management Committee)
SCPL is a Registered Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 - No. 32191R.
Registered Office: Shorms, Shore Bottom, Stockland, Honiton, Devon EX14 9DQ

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SCPL held a fund-raising Pop-up-Pub and BBQ event at Stockland Victory Hall on Saturday 8th July. Those who attended were treated to a delicious BBQ with salad followed by chocolate Brownies and cream, all prepared and cooked by a team of volunteers who generously gave their time to help us with this event. The weather was extremely kind and we estimate that at least 90 people came to eat and/or enjoy a drink on the field outside the village hall. Judging by the atmosphere on the night and the feedback afterwards it was enjoyed by all!
Importantly, we raised in the region of £ 700 for our ongoing campaign to save the Kings Arms from plans to redevelop the site. That makes it our most successful fund-raising event to date and we are enormously grateful to all of those who helped to organise and cater for the evening, but not least to all of those who came to support us.
We will be holding another event on Saturday 9th September at which our advisor, Dale Ingram, will be attending and available to answer questions about the forthcoming planning appeal hearing. More details to follow…...!

Kings Arms Planning Appeal

Dale Ingram has now submitted a written representation to the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of SCPL. Our Treasurer, Andy Kippax, had successfully negotiated with the Planning Inspectorate an extension to the deadline for submission of these documents until 22nd June. This allowed additional time for Dale to prepare a comprehensive statement rebutting the planning appeals made by the owners of the pub and also to prepare an important statement about the historical significance and heritage value of the Kings Arms. We thank Dale for all her hard work on these documents and hope to be able to share them online shortly.
The Planning Inspectorate has confirmed that the public hearing to determine the planning appeals will be held on Tuesday 19th September 2017.
We do not yet know the venue for the hearing but we have made strong representations that it be held at the Stockland Victory Hall so that as many local people as possible can attend. Hearings commence at 10 am and are usually complete after a site visit at about 4.30 pm. You can attend as much or as little of the hearing as you wish.
We are aware that many people have written directly to the Planning Inspectorate and/or to Dale Ingram either as individuals or on behalf of community groups which have been affected by the closure of the pub. These are enormously valuable contributions to our campaign and we sincerely thank all those who have taken the time and trouble to write these letters.

Dale Ingram to attend Pop-up-Pub in Stockland in September

Dale Ingram, who has successfully represented many pub groups at planning appeal public hearings, will join us at another SCPL Pop-up-Pub to be held on Saturday 9th September. Dale will be available to answer your questions regarding the planning appeal process and the public hearing and she will be very interested to hear your views on the loss of the Kings Arms and its value to the community. In particular she will be able to explain the heritage value of the Kings Arms and why community ownership remains the best way of preserving this iconic building for the future.

Community Pub Wins Coveted CAMRA Pub of the Year Award

The George and Dragon pub located at Hudswell near Richmond in the North Yorkshire Dales, was recently announced as the 2017 CAMRA Pub of the Year. The pub was bought by the local community in 2008 after the locals created Hudswell Community Pub Ltd and raised funds via a community share offer. Now the pub contains a local shop and library, and also offers allotments on land opposite the pub to the local community. All this as well as impressing the fastidious CAMRA judges by serving quality real ales! This pub is a shining example of what can be achieved when a community comes together to save its local.

Like SCPL, the Hudswell group adopted the Plunkett Foundation Governance Rules as their legal framework, and were supported by Plunkett throughout their journey. SCPL remains committed to buying the Kings Arms from Horatio Properties on behalf of our own community. We will continue to press the owners of the pub to begin serious negotiations towards achieving a purchase at a realistic market price.

You can read more about the George and Dragon via these links:

SCPL Annual Returns & Accounts

Stockland Community Pub Ltd (SCPL) is a Registered Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act (2014). We have a set of Governance Rules sponsored by The Plunkett Foundation and lodged with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Consequently, The Management Committee is obliged to send an Annual Return to the FCA every year, and include a signed set of accounts. Our Year End is 30th September, and you can find copies of the accounts which have been sent to the FCA in the list of documents at the bottom of this page.
Any member of the public who is interested can ask to see signed copies of the accounts, and our Bank Statements by arrangement with the Secretary, Sheelagh Dawes (see below for contact details).

Useful Links

The Plunket Foundation -
Pub is the hub -
Coverdale Community pub -

Stockland Community Pub Ltd. Management Committee

Chair : Peter Maitland (01404 881237)
Vice-Chair : Damian Clay (01404 881833)
Treasurer : Andy Kippax
Secretary : Sheelagh Dawes (01404 881833)
Members : Jill Bellamy (01404 881641)
You can email us at

Additional Management Committee members can be co-opted on to the team until we are in a position to issue community shares. After this happens, at the following Annual Members Meeting, all of the 'start-up' committee members must stand down and the shareholders will elect a new committee. Committee members can stand for re-election and any other shareholder can also stand. A maximum of twelve people serve on the committee at any one time. Committee members have to sign up to a Code of Conduct document provided by Plunkett, a copy of which is available for download below.

Society Governance Rules
Stockland Community Pub Limited has now been registered by the Financial Conduct Authority as a Registered Society ('Registered Society' is a new term replacing 'Industrial and Provident Society' or IPS. This registration allows us the chance to fund the purchase by a combination of a share issue and by attracting charitable donations.
We have chosen the Plunkett Model Rules as our governance document and these have been now registered with the FCA. A copy of the Rules is available for download below. The Rules provide the legal framework for fulfilling the aims of the Society.

Please download and complete a Share Pledge Form from the documents below, and return it either by post or email to the address shown on the form.

You can also make copies of any or all of these documents for your family, friends and colleagues who may wish to become involved in our group by providing practical and/or financial support