Jools Holland becomes shareholder in community-owned London pub The Ravensbourne Arms

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Boost brings campaign closer to its £500,000 fundraising goal

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Jules Holland has become a shareholder of The Ravensborne Arms, a closed London establishment seeking £500,000 to be run as a community-owned live music pub.

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Musicians and hosts of BBC Two Later… with Jules Holland Has become an early proponent of the venture that would transform Lewisham Hunt into a music venue and pub that would operate under the non-profit to safeguard its future.

Ravensborne Arms closed in 2016 and has been vacant since. now, collective sister midnight passed Started bidding to raise half a million pounds To preserve it by taking it into the hands of potential private landowners and locals and music lovers.

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Holland, who was born in neighboring Blackheath, spent his formative years in his band Squeeze around the local area, even following one of Lewisham’s close neighbors with an early EP (‘Deptford Fun City’). ) was named.

He said in a statement after becoming a shareholder: “South East London’s music scene means a lot to me. That’s where I came from – that’s where I came from. And that’s why I want to support Ravensbourne Arms. I invested And you can too. What harm can it do?”

Ravensborne Arms. credit: press

So far the campaign has raised over £50,000 to buy The Ravensborne Arms for the community. Acts including Fontaine DC, Goat Girl and Porridge Radio have supported the initiative so far.

The next #SaveTheRavensbourneArms fundraiser will take place this Tuesday (October 26) at the Matchstick Piehouse in Deptford, with live performances from Tony Nojoku, the Garden Center and the lobby. from all income £10 ticket Go straight to the campaign. Those who cannot afford the ticket fee are still welcome to participate.

Sister Midnight’s Lenny Watson explained Granthshala The pandemic-enforced closure of places without the pressure of private rents “proved to be a catalyst for realizing that we needed to build a new space that was going to be sustainable over the long term”.

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“Our mission is to create a space for live music that can be accessible, affordable and inclusive – and a venue that is more sustainable against the threats that can pose to the venues.

“The pandemic was a big one. People may argue that this is not the best time to do it, but I would argue that there is really no better time to secure the future of our grassroots music venues against such threats,” she said. .

Sophie Farrell, Lenny Watson, and Sister Midnight's Variety Hobbs are fighting to save The Ravensborne Arms and turn it into a music venue pub.  credit: press
Sophie Farrell, Lenny Watson, and Sister Midnight’s Variety Hobbs are fighting to save The Ravensborne Arms and turn it into a music venue pub. credit: press

Broadly speaking, the next year will see an increase in gig space efforts to be owned by trusts, communities and music fans rather than by private landlords. This news made headlines in the recent program of Music Venue Trust Granthshala-Partner Venue Day Event.

“We have to take ownership of our grassroots music venues, it really is as simple as that,” said Mark David, CEO of Music Venue Trust. Granthshala. “We cannot fight endlessly with landlords, developers, local officials, neighbors over a defensive position that is incredibly vulnerable.”

David further explained how “93 percent of all grassroots music venues in the UK are tenants, and the average time they have left on tenancy is 19 months”.

“If we want to win the war of music venues, we must own our venues,” he said. “Sister Midnight’s project to take over Ravensborne Arms is ground zero of that war. It’s a community ownership model that means the venue isn’t just safe for the next year or two, it’s sustainable for decades.”

go here For more information on how to save Ravensborne Arms.

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