Campaigners fighting to save a south Oxfordshire pub raised their glasses in triumph after reaching their targeted fundraising total.
A pop-up event, attended by more than 120 people, was held at Hall Farm Barn, South Moreton to announce the results of a three-year campaign to save The Crown pub.
Paul Jackson, chairman of the South Moreton Community Benefit Society, thanked the 112 investors who had contributed £210,250 – or 91 per cent of the community target of £230,000.
More pledges were made at the event on April 21 and Mr Jackson confirmed the target had been met.
“This is a fantastic response by the local community,” he said.
“We are all excited as this is the springboard we need to apply for grants, which we hope will make up the balance of the funds needed to buy and renovate The Crown as a community hub.”
Closed and sold off by Wadworth Brewery in 2015, there are also ambitions to re-open the Crown Lane site with a shop and café.
The target is to raise £500,000 through loans and grants as well as the community donations to buy and renovate the pub.
SMCBS believe a £365,000 bid would be enough to buy the building which has a leaking roof and plumbing problems.
Visit savethecrownpub.co.uk for more information.