The Dog Inn (Belthorn) Ltd is a Community Benefit Society (FCA registration number 7095), which is a type of cooperative. Six founder members set up the Society in 2015, with the assistance of a larger steering group, comprising around 20 members of the village. At our last AGM, on Wednesday 24th May 2017, a new 10 member board was elected. We would like to extend our thanks to Jason Slack, Jean Bain, Dave Taylor and Kevin Kraushaar who stood down during the year 2016 – 17.
The current Board members are:
Dave Hollings (Chair): – Human Resources, Grants.
I live in Waterside, and am a founder member and Director of Co-operative and Mutual Solutions Limited, a consultancy business providing advice and support to co-operatives and social enterprises. Besides holding management positions in several co-operatives and credit unions I have twenty seven years experience in providing advice and developmental support to co-operative and mutual enterprises. I am nationally recognised as an expert on legal structures for social enterprises and community share issues.
Stephen Horrocks (Vice Chair): – Human Resources, Refurbishment.
I have been involved with the village for over 10 years now. I am 51 years old and have worked in the fire service for 33 years. I am a trustee for Great Harwood agricultural society. I consider myself a “Jack of all trades, Master of none”. I have got 5 children and 6 grand children.
Kathryn Sharpe (Secretary): – ICT (Facebook and twitter), Coffee Shop Liaison, Grants, Events.
I have lived in Belthorn for 17 years. Throughout that time I have grown attached to the area and the spirit of community in the village, and my daughter attended the village school. Working as a community nurse I am aware of the need and importance of community cohesion to ensure the health and welfare of our local population. Many of our communities are disappearing and I believe the Dog Inn can provide the village with the facilities the villagers need and want to keep our community alive for generations to come.
Trevor Cairns: – Finance sub committee, Refurbishment.
I am a plumber and have lived in the village for 30 years, and have had 2 daughters who have both had part-time jobs at the Dog Inn.
Yvonne Brown: – Human Resources, ICT (Website), Stock, Marketing, Events.
I have lived in the village since late 2000, and was at one time on the village committee. I am heavily involved in the village school, having been chair of the PTFA for 5 years, and I am now currently Chair of Governors. I also run a Holiday Cottage next to our small farm down Bank Fold Lane: guests staying in our Holiday Cottage often used to visit the Dog Inn for drinks and food.
Craig Steele: – Designated Premises Superviser (DPS), Refurbishment, Events
I am 53 years of age and have lived in Belthorn for 20 years , I currently live in Holden street where I have lived for six years. I have been involved in the refurbishment of the Dog Inn to the current condition and am very proud to of been involved with the opening of the dog inn. I am a current personal licence holder. In recent years I have run Belthorn United children;’ football teams , and been involved with Belthorn United’s adults teams. I would like to take this opportunity to help, support and work with the other members of the board to take this fantastic community venture forward for the residents of Belthorn and the public to use and enjoy.
I am 62 years old and have lived in Belthorn with my wife Barbara for the last 32 years during which time we have happily socialised with friends and acquaintances in the Dog Inn. I am a former member and Chair of the Belthorn Village Committee. I took early retirement at the end of March from my role as Commercial Manager for a large international packaging company where I had experience of Cost Control, Purchasing, Inventory / Stock Management and Sales.
I was until my retirement part of a three person management team in a business turning over 4 million pounds plus per annum. I now have the time to try and put something back into our Community.
Our Staff Team:
We are pleased to announce that we have appointed a new manager to run the business. He is Nick Brown, who has been manager at the Sir Charles Napier in Blackburn – another Community-run pub. We are delighted that Nick will be joining our team in the next couple of weeks.
He is ably assisted by our bar team of:
- Erika Fogg
- Amber Whybrow-Parker
- Hayley Quinn
As well as our bar staff, we are also extremely lucky to have a large band of dedicated volunteers who help in many aspects of this Community pub, including running the coffee shop, doing the refurbishments, and organising the community gardens on the land at the back of the pub. We are very grateful to all who volunteer in any way to help with this venture.