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The Fox & Goose 10 Year Anniversary Weekend

West Yorkshire’s first community-owned pub is hosting a weekend of celebrations to mark 10 years since its customers successfully joined together to secure its future. The Fox and Goose, in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire is marking its landmark 10th birthday with celebrations running from 21st-25th March 2024. Events – to which old and new customers are welcome – are set to include a beer festival showcasing beer from the pub’s favourite local breweries, DJs, live music, food, and an anniversary quiz. The pub will also see the return of special-edition collaboration brews created to mark its co-operative status, along with new, celebration collaboration beers to be released during the year. Anniversary t-shirts and other merchandise will be available.

The Fox and Goose was saved in March 2014 when a group of pub regulars raised £130,000 to buy and repair the much-loved local when its future came under threat because of the deteriorating health of the landlady. The community share offer to buy the traditional pub attracted investment from 250 people including pub regulars, investors from in and around Hebden Bridge and the rest of Calderdale, and pub enthusiasts based around the country. Subsequent share offers in 2017, 2018 and 2019 increased its ownership to just under 300 members. A current, open share offer is growing its membership even further. 

Since 2014, the Fox & Goose has thrived under community ownership, winning CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale pub of the Year in 2019 and 2022, praised for its knowledgeable staff, high quality ales, the range and diversity of beer styles, its programme of music and other events and its new, highly popular converted outdoor space.

The Fox & Goose Manager, Hannah Thurman said: “The Fox & Goose team is excited to be celebrating the contribution of Fox and Goose members, staff, customers and suppliers to the success of the pub over the last ten years. The 10th birthday is a chance to say ‘thank you’ to the community who together saved the pub and to welcome new members and customers.”

The Fox & Goose Society Chair, Hannah Nadim said: “Over the past ten years the Fox & Goose has grown its reputation as a friendly, co-operative, sustainable pub, known for its quality and range of beers and drinks. We are delighted that our much-loved pub can be run for the benefit of the community, and we hope the community will join us to celebrate.”

Media enquiries to Hannah Thurman at manager@foxandgoose.org

ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND TIMETABLE

Thursday 21st March

Evening - Town Folk session

Friday 22nd March

Evening - Mini Beer Festival

Evening - Catfish Skillet

Saturday 23rd March

All day - Mini Beer Festival

10.30am - Andy's Walk

4-8pm - Pop-up Food (details tbc)

4-8pm - Is Is Is DJs

Sunday 24th March

All Day - Mini Beer Festival

Afternoon - Hebden Bridge Hill Millies

Afternoon - What the Folk DJs

Evening - Shabbycats

Monday 25th March

8pm - Anniversary Quiz

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