Fox Friends story goes global

The Fox Friends Co-operative pub story is now going out internationally.

A film crew from the German TV company ARD visited the Fox and Goose, in Hebden Bridge on Friday (June 15) as part of a programme they were putting together about the new rise of the Co-operative movement.

 ARD (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland – or Consortium of public-law broadcasting institutions of the Federal Republic of Germany) is the second biggest public broadcaster in the world, after BBC Wordwide.

 The team, from the London office, were recording how communities are pulling together to beat the recession by taking control of their own destinies – and had heard that the centre of this type of activity is the community-spirited Calder Valley. The programme is also featuring the Hebden Bridge Town Hall project, Hebden Bridge Picture House and Incredible Edible in Todmorden.

 They filmed at the Fox and Goose for two-and-a-half hours, talking to people about why they feel the Fox and Goose is so special and the plans to buy it and turn it into West Yorkshire’s first co-operative pub.

 The team interviewed landlady Julia Warren who told how she is selling up because of ill-health but wants to preserve everything she has created there and it’s unique character by selling the pub to the community. Long-serving barman Drew Magiera spoke about the history, traditions and character of the pub while Fox Friends steering group chairman Councillor Dave Young explained the unique character of the Calder Valley and its residents.

 Other steering group members, Cayn White and Gerry Crookes explained why they were determined to ensure that the pub was not allowed to close, with the break-up of the Fox and Goose “family.”

 Gerry said, “The film crew were quite smitten with the Fox and Goose and were impressed with the spirit of the regulars and local community. It was very interesting for us to see how much work goes into producing a short bulletin which will then look like it has been created so quickly and easily.”

 The journalist Rabea Gorny said she thought Hebden Bridge was “a lovely town” and that the Fox and Goose was a great pub. She later sent a message saying “I wish you all the best for the future of your beautiful and welcoming pub.”

 The programme is scheduled to be shown on Germany television on June 30 (time to be notified) and the Fox Friends hope to be able to circulate a link and a DVD version.