Villagers in Findern would like to bring their community back together by opening a micro pub in the area, this decision was made after the closure of pubs and shops over the past few decades, losing “the Greyhound” pub, a greengrocer, butcher and a local Post Office and recently “The Wheel Inn”.
While the residents would like to see The Wheel Inn be converted in to a micro pub, the owner of the building has been granted permission to convert the building to a funeral parlour.
Many of the locals have been going to council meetings and explaining the benefits to the community of opening a new micro pub. Martyn Ford, who represents Findern on the South Derbyshire District Council said:
“It would be fantastic if it could work out but nothing is firm. There are two or three people who are contemplating it.
“The village has limited space to accommodate a micro-pub because we’re not as big as Ashbourne or Melbourne, but the community centre could be an option.
“It would bring us back together and would bring the village back to life.”
Phil Mason, who has lived in Findern for 20 years, said communication between residents had broken down since the pub closed.
“The problem is there is nothing in the community. It’s not the same without a pub. I’d welcome anywhere for people in the village to go to meet and have a drink, and a micro-pub sounds good.” He said.