Save The Birkbeck

Keep the Birkbeck for the community

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Good News!!!!

I am so happy to report the successful sale of The Birkbeck Tavern to a publican (more details to follow) which means we are keeping our beloved pub – the best possible outcome!!!
Thank you all so much for your continued support throughout these uncertain times and hope to see you there soon 😀
Jess Dickenson

We’ve been bought by a company called Barter Inns. They have several pubs in and around London. Initial word is they wanna keep things pretty much as they are. So all good! I’m thinking maybe of another all-dayer in January/Feb to celebrate. Will keep you posted. A BIG thanks to everyone for their support and lets hear it for the Save The Birkbeck Committee!
Ramblin Steve

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What a fantastic day everyone had at Birkfest. I do not think it has ever been as packed and that includes nights when Orient were promoted and when they drew with Arsenal.
The Birkbeck showed that it could put on an all dayer with quality acts and that it has the support of a lot of people.

Thanks to all who made it possible.

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Waltham Forest News – Birkfest

6:09pm Saturday 6th October 2012 in Waltham Forest NewsBy Katie Bamber

CAMPAIGNERS bidding to save a popular pub have announced details of a one-day music festival they hope will raise awareness of the cause.

The Birkbeck Tavern in Langthorne Road, Leytonstone, will play host to Birkfest – a free one-day music festival – on Sunday (October 28).

The pub was put on the market for £575,000 after owner Sarumdale Ltd went into administration in June

Worried that most potential buyers making enquiries were property developers, regulars launched the Save the Birkbeck Tavern campaign – and more than 2,000 people have so far signed a petition calling on Waltham Forest Council to reject any future planning applications to turn the venue into flats.

Petition organiser Jess Dickenson, 33, has helped plan Birkfest.

She said: “We have got some really, really good bands. The point of the day is to showcase the pub as the thriving community pub that it is.”

An unknown bidder, believed to be a publican, has made an offer on the premises.

“The representatives of the campaign are really eager to get in touch with whoever that is.

“We’d like them to come along and see for themselves what the possibilities are.”

Birkfest will begin at 3pm. Acts already confirmed include Simon Onions and local folk punk band Steve White and the Protest Family.

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Meeting of Save The Birkbeck Tavern – 25/9/2012

More than 60 people packed the upstairs room at the Birkbeck Tavern.
An offer has been made for the freehold of the pub. It is not yet clear who has made the bid and whether it will be accepted although we are told it is from a publican. Information is very limited. More detail should be known soon.

There are now over 2,000 signatures on the petition to Save The Birkbeck Tavern. The Facebook page shows increased activity.

The meeting discussed:
a) Local listing option. Officers from Waltham Forest (WF) Council are planning a “local” listing of the Birkbeck. The report will go to Cabinet in November. Action point: further liaison with officers to see how this new policy would help the campaign
b) National listing option: Officers from WF brought information and it was agreed to have a further meeting to proceed with an application to Engish Heritage for listed status. Action point: Meeting at Council offices and paperwork as background given o meeting and available at the pub, for those who are interested.
c) Possible co-operative and other options will be explored. CAMRA and WF offered assistance in looking at the possibilities to secure the long-term future of the pub.Additional information: Councillors Naheed Asghar, Councilor Kieran Falconer, Dave Seaton (on behalf of John Cryer MP) and CAMRA representatives attended and offered support to the campaign.

WF Officers Gordon Glenday and Ron Presswell gave detailed presentations on the planning laws and policies which are in effect.

All agreed on the community importance of the pub. Birkfest Music Day will take place on October 28th and another group meeting will be scheduled once more information is known on the prospective buyer.

Greer Nicholson, Chair

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Waltham Forest News 26th Sept

Community backs campaign to save The Birkbeck Tavern in Leytonstone

12:57pm Wednesday 26th September 2012 inNewsBy Joe Curtis

The Birkbeck Tavern
The Birkbeck Tavern

A COMMUNITY has rallied behind a campaign to save a beloved pub from becoming a block of flats.

The Birkbeck Tavern in Leytonstone is currently on sale for £575,000 after owner Sarumdale Ltd went into administration in June and staff said most potential buyers who have visited the building have been property developers.

But at a packed meeting of 65 people at the pub in Langthorne Road last night (September 25) Leyton MP John Cryer’s representative and Leyton Orient supporters, for whom it is their local, vowed to oppose any application to turn it into housing, while Waltham Forest Council suggested it would refuse any such bid and said it plans to make the 132-year-old building locally listed in November.

Planning officer Gordon glendy said: “It’s safe to say the local councillors would resist that quite strongly. [The planning committee] would probably refuse that.”

Now 2,030 people have signed a petition to stop it being turned into flats, and campaign organisers hailed the backing the initiative has received.

Save Birkbeck Tavern campaign chairwoman Greer Nicholson said: “I’m overwhelmed by the amount of support that’s come from many different people in the community. It’s incredible to see how many people this has affected.”

Petition organiser Jess Dickenson, 33, who lives just a few doors down from the pub, said they would also press ahead with an attempt to get the building nationally listed by English Heritage, which she claimed would deter developers because they could not demolish the structure.

She added that they will do this despite an offer from a mysterious publican to buy the pub, which has not yet been accepted by the administrators.

She said: “It’s not a done deal yet. We’re still in no man’s land. I think the signs are positive but people don’t know what the plans might involve. If we knew who the publican was it might be a different story.”

The pub recently reinvented itself as a music venue and has been growing in popularity.

A one day music festival at the pub, called Birk Fest, is set to take place on October 28.