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The Star Inn: We got Friends, We had Ale, But we need a Toilet Quickly!

Posted in HOME, THE STAR INN - THE RESCUE OF OUR LOCAL PUB with tags , , , on November 13, 2009 by echostains

The walls are stripped, ready for plastering

What a great meeting it was last night at the Star Inn, Back Hope Street, Salford.  A very good turn out indeed: wall to wall people!  There have been many developments since the locals bought the pub.  As you can see from the picture, the black gloss mock Tudor beams have gone.  There are a few that still mourn them, but the majority ruled and down they came. 

Before the meeting and before we cleared up

 We have electric, we have heating, applications are underway for a manager and Bazen’s Brewery have come up with a specially brewed ale for us.  It’s called ‘Wandering Star’ and is a bitter.  A  questionnaire went round to see what the locals thought of it (it will be re adjusted if need be), but everyone I talked to thought it was great.  I had a sip or two (was drinking vodka last night, trying to lose weight) and I thought it tasted lovely.  In fact I might drink this instead of lager when we’re up and running.

Derek pulling the Star's own 'Wandering Star'

Great plans are afoot.  The curiously called  BOGAID will kick off with a concert with a local live band, maybe a fire-eater, raffles, and a few celebrities (one from Coronation Street……)  The tickets will be very reasonably priced at around 5.00 each.  Several fund-raising ideas were aired last night (details coming soon when confirmed).  I am beginning to put a lot of information on my Facebook ‘Friends of the Star’ group. which is also showcasing pictures of before and after as well as the locals.

Earlier on

Camera’s were there from BBC 1  last night.  They have been following this interesting story and this documentary should be shown in the New Year in a slot called ‘Inside Out’ usually shown on a Monday 7.30.  I can’t wait to see the finished documentary!  I actually went into the cellar last night….. the stairs are very steep: easier going up than down.  The cellar is bigger than you would think and is stuck in a time warp, want’s clearing and sprucing up a bit.

a corner of the cellar

Well, that’s the gist of what has happened at the last meeting.  If you would like to follow this story from the beginning ;

The Auction

What Happened

Star Inn a Cliff Hanger

The resurgence of this 1867 building is already starting.  If you can offer help in any way at all, please get in touch with Margaret;

STAR
E-mail Address(es):
 
StarOnTheCliff@live.co.uk

If you would like to become a friend of the Star Inn on Facebook, catch up with meetings, see old friends and track our progress click HERE

 

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The Star Inn: Resurgence!

Posted in HOME, THE STAR INN - THE RESCUE OF OUR LOCAL PUB with tags , , , on November 7, 2009 by echostains

The Star Inn, a new start

The weather may have been windy, wild and blustering: the rain pelting down, but what an exciting day it was for The Star Inn!  Today another door opened on a new  exciting chapter in the pubs history!  They thought it was all over – but it wasn’t!  In truth, it’s only just starting!   The people entered the forsaken pub and claimed it as their own!  Unbelievably, a few short weeks ago, the Star Inn had a very uncertain future and was up for auction.  The brewery may have  abandoned it, but instead of fuming helplessly and looking for a new local, the people rallied round and saved it by putting their money where their mouths were!

open house

Filming continued today. Despite the rain, and the bar being dry, spirits were high and everyone is so full of hope for the future.  Hard work will ensue as the pub opens its doors at 10 a.m. tomorrow and the practical jobs are distributed and sorted out.  There are exciting plans in store for the peoples pub: including an indoor Ladies lavatory.  Lots of social events and possibly even its own   micro brewery are planned!  What an exciting and heartwarming story this truly is.  People are not only putting their money into their local, they are also putting their hearts, services and their time.  The letters that spell out its name may have been taken back, but nothing can stop the Star from going forward: it’s bright light shining onwards as it has done for the best part of  140 years!  Cheers!

a new beginning

The resurgence of this 1867 building is already starting.  If you can help in any way at all, please get in touch with Margaret;

STAR
E-mail Address(es):
  StarOnTheCliff@live.co.uk

Follow this story from the beginning;

The Auction

What Happened

Star Inn a Cliff Hanger

UPDATE: The Star Inn now has it’s own website http://www.staronthecliff.co.uk/index.html

If you would like to become a friend of the Star Inn on Facebook, catch up with meetings, see old friends and track our progress click HERE

The Star Inn Salford: It’s all Over………

Posted in HOME, OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER, THE STAR INN - THE RESCUE OF OUR LOCAL PUB with tags , , on October 17, 2009 by echostains

Yes, the proverbial Fat Lady has just sang, and it’s not last orders!  The regulars have only been and gone and done it….saved the Star from being flattend or converted or whatever unknown fate awaited it!  Regulars got together and bid at for their beloved local when it came up at auction.  They put their money where their mouths were and are now the very  proud owners of this 1860s built pub!

The Star Inn will shine again

The Star Inn will shine again

At a meeting last night at The Friendship Inn,  Prestwich, the new owners and supporters were out in force to celebrate and ruminate about their  plans for the future regarding their pub.   Yes their pub!  They have loads of ideas already about how to make the pub viable.  There’s building work to be done and a manager to be got, but these are mere details: the mood is positive.  The hard work shall begin as soon as possible, and they hope to be open for business in time for Christmas. 

just a few of the supporters of the Star Inn at the Friendship In Prestwich before it got packed out

just a few of the supporters of the Star Inn at the Friendship In Prestwich before it got packed out

 It was strange to see these jubilent regulars out of their environment and in The Friendship and the atmosphere was so uplifting!  It’s people who make a pub, not the building, as was evidenced last night,  I saw loads of  people I hadn’t seen in years – a great night was had by one and all.  There’s a meeting next Tuesday, same place same time and I’m really looking forward to it.  Surely, with pubs closing at the rate of between 27 and 52 per week, this must give hope for those who are likely to lose their locals?

Read my first  post about the Star Inn HERE

The latest  developments so far HERE

UPDATE: The Star Inn now has it’s own website http://www.staronthecliff.co.uk/index.html

If you would like to become a friend of the Star Inn on Facebook, catch up with meetings, see old friends and track our progress click HERE

The Star Inn, Salford: Time for Last Orders (or is It?)

Posted in HOME, OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER, THE STAR INN - THE RESCUE OF OUR LOCAL PUB with tags , , , on October 10, 2009 by echostains

The Star Inn back Hope Street Salford up for auction

The Star Inn back Hope Street Salford up for auction

It is nearly 30 years since my father and I discovered this pub.  It became a firm favorite of ours and saw many a family celebration.  I’ve not been in for a few years, but I’m going in tonight.  It may be to say goodbye…but  then again it may not be the last time I see this old friend …  You see the pub is up for auction soon.  Whoever buys it will knock it down to build! It’s a real ale pub too.  But it’s not going to be demolished without a fight.  The locals are fighting to save this hidden gem!

In January of this year, the pub won the Neil Richardson Trophy from the Campagne for Real Ale, so it is even more of a mystery how this state of affairs has come about!  The pub does have CAMRA on it’s side though and the locals are putting their money where their mouths are – so ANYTHING can happen!!!

Read what happened to the pub in my update HERE

 

There are some really good pics of this area (The Star included) HERE

More about the history of the place HERE

Of course, if you are interested in buying a stake in  this historical pub ….HERE’S  where the auctions at!

UPDATE: The Star Inn now has it’s own website http://www.staronthecliff.co.uk

If you would like to join our ;Friends of the Star Inn Salford’ facebook group please click HERE