Letters in Support
Below are just some of the letters sent in support of the ACV application. They have been edited for clarity and to remove identifying details.
... it has been very difficult to find places to meet since the closure of The Plough inn and we have taken to using the church room at St Peters (up until coronavirus struck).
This was not ideal and limited the type of meeting we could hold and numbers we could have due to space.
We struggle to hold relaxed social events due to licensing costs and we had to stop evening meetings or use a pub from another village, which didn’t sit right with us due to travel.
As a registered local charity we would value the use of the Plough Inn and would love to be able to create links again if the Plough were to be re- opened as a pub.
I do not have to tell you of the historical value the The Plough inn has and I feel this should have been taken into better consideration when the pub was sold - as a pub. I have been outraged to learn that parts of The Plough's historical features have been removed and burnt. This shows complete disregard to the history of the pub and indicates that the new owners have no intentions of it being re opened as a pub. Burning the signs was a big give away!
How has this been allowed ?!
The Plough creates a great link between the two Kington villages (Kington Langley and Kington St Michael) and as a Kington Langley villager that lives on the outskirts of the village I very much feel I am part of both villages. My husband and I used to enjoy the coming together of locals from both villages in the Plough Inn.
Both villages have so many lovely little groups; from Book clubs to croquet, PTA’s, church groups and so much more ! The Plough provided all of these groups the option to meet in a more social and spacious environment.
The Plough inn was a great space and a very functional lay out to cater for those that wanted a more formal meal to those that wanted a relaxed drink after work. I can not understand how there seems to be no intention from the new owners to reopen as a pub. It’s nonsensical.
The location, space and potential of The Plough inn makes it very viable for it to continue as a pub as it has for 400 years; under the right ownership.
I hope you take into great consideration the application from ‘Kington community Enterprise’ and all those in support of it; something has clearly gone very wrong in the sale and purchase of The Plough Inn and we need to do all we can to protect our Community Assets.
I often enjoyed walking out to this pub. I was horrified when I heard the present owners have ripped out the Bar furnishings without Planning Permission.
As a resident of Kington Langley I believe it essential for the local community that the Plough Inn is retained as a public house. It provides a valuable community hub and has a wealth of history and heritage that is critical to retain. It is important to have a local venue within walking distance and for social groups and local clubs to use to meet up.
I would like to express my support for The Plough of Kington Langley to become an asset of community value. The loss of community spaces in villages kills the community. There is a lot of scope for it to be an economic asset too as there is no shortage of people in the vicinity to patronise it. The expansion of Chippenham makes this even more so. Resources on villagers’ doorsteps are necessary if we are all to reduce the amount we drive, in order to respond to the climate emergency. For me though the most compelling argument is that this is a pub of historic value. 400 years of history is irreplaceable. I hope you will support the people of this village to protect their identity and community spaces.
I would like to support the application submitted by Kington Community Enterprise for restoration of the Plough. ... The Plough was always a great asset to the community for everybody, from locals to the passing public or even people on holidays in the local caravan parks. Two years ago I was fortunate enough to move back to the village through the help of friends. Seeing that the doors to the Plough were closed was very sad and it seemed like a major part of the village life had gone. Kington Langley is a lovely place to live but it does not feel the same without our local pub.