The Holywell Inn dates back to the 1820s, however one thing that has not changed is its heritage and pride it has within the local community.
For almost 200 years people in Halifax have made many happy memories in this building hence ‘The Holy Well Inn Action Group’ being created. The Action Group raise awareness of saving this special pub within the community, they have been campaigning since September 2012 and have a committed team who are dedicated to saving the Holywell Inn meeting every 2 weeks to discuss progress and plan ahead.
They have also set up information stalls at the Great Yorkshire shows and publish a comprehensive newsletter every month, to increase interest and fundraising possibilities. Community Foundation for Calderdale awarded the group a grant to help build the network of supporters and spread the word within their local community to ensure everyone could have a say in what happened to the building. The group said “The Community Foundation for Calderdale’s funds came to us at a critical stage of our venture and enabled us to do our first ever major print run of the newsletter”, 3000 copies of the end of year newsletter were able to be printed.
Once the property has been purchased they aim to completely refurbish and redesign the building to become a community ‘Social-Interaction’ centre, however the pub still at the hub and heart. The whole objective of the venture is to provide a facility that will satisfy and help everyone within the local community. Sessions that have been requested by the community will be hosted there such as mother and toddler groups, youth centre to a pensioner’s tea/coffee morning to ensure that everyone in the community is catered for.
Hollywell Inn action group continued “Once again we wish to thank the Foundation and your donors for this significant award!”