Save The Ship campaign stages volunteer night, Mar 9

The Save The Ship campaign has set a date for a volunteer evening to get more people involved in the many tasks likely to arise as they bid to acquire the historic South Norwood pub.

The Ship new logoThe volunteer evening will be on March 9 at the Gold Coast Bar on Portland Road, starting at 7.30pm.

“The aim is for us to get everyone who wants to help with the re-opening of The Ship in one room and from this start to organise people into teams for fundraising, PR and marketing, admin, building, pub and hospitality, business planning, as well as just generally helping out,” said the campaign’s Rachel Lawrence.

“We are having to move quite fast as we’re looking to try to raise money to finance surveyor, legal and architect fees for the viability study that is required to enable us to access funding.”

The campaign enjoyed a breakthrough last month when the council denied planning permission to the owners of The Ship, who had gone ahead and converted the building into seven flats last year. Enforcement action by the council planning department against the illegal development has since got underway, and the owners are understood to be looking to sell the historic pub.

“Fundraising and re-opening the Ship is a big task and moving from campaigning to getting things up and running is a logistical challenge,” Lawrence said.

If you want to get involved but can’t make this meeting, send an email to


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