Cold Norton: Parliament mention for village pub

Maldon and Burnham Standard: MP Brandon Lewis enjoys a pint with volunteers at the Norton. MP Brandon Lewis enjoys a pint with volunteers at the Norton.

A minister has toasted the success of a community-run pub.

Brandon Lewis MP visited The Norton pub, in Latchingdon Road, Cold Norton, earlier this month to celebrate the community’s success in reaching £80,000 deposit to buy the freehold.

The pub has been run by a group of volunteer residents for three years.

Mr Lewis said: "The Norton is not just a cracking pub, a lively atmosphere and vital local business but it is a true example of a resident run pub run that is now firmly in the hands of the whole community.

“I wish it every success.”

Paul Guppy, a member of the pub’s organising committee, said: “I think he was quite impressed with how well we have done and how we have achieved it on our own.

“He even mentioned us in a parliament debate on the beer tax escalator, which means The Norton will be named in Hansard.

“We are going to get a copy and have it framed in the pub."

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