Hanney Community Association

The Plough

Hanney Community Association's first project was to Save The Plough in West Hanney. The Plough in West Hanney is a 16th Century thatched cottage and has been a vital community hub for years. In September 2014 when Punch Taverns placed the pub on the market and Hanney Community Association (HCA), started work to purchase The Plough. It was soon apparent that the best route for The Hanneys to purchase the Plough was via a private limited company. HCA formed Hanney Community Pub Ltd (HCPL) to act as its vehicle for the purchase. West Hanney Parish Council applied for an Asset of Community Value order on the pub in order to offer some protection for the community while it worked towards purchasing the pub.

Directors of HCPL worked tirelessly for several months and in February 2015 an offer was made to Punch Taverns for the pub, which was accepted. On 20th April 2015 a share offering was launched to the members of HCA only, which ultimately resulted in 119 investors raising £400k. Contracts were exchanged on 20th May and HCPL completed the purchase of The Plough on 16th June.

The Plough closed for 3 weeks for renovations and reopened to the public on Saturday 11th July.

The pub is owned by HCPL, but the pub business is run by a professionally experienced landlord and lady, Phil Curtis and Fi Eaton. The new look community pub, The Plough at West Hanney is open 7 days a week and offers good food and real ale.

Latest Plough news

2015-07-15 The new look Plough now open!

The initial work on the Plough has now been completed and the new landlord and landlady, Phil and Fi, have re-opened the Plough. Any questions given them a ring 01235 868909. The HCA are pleased to see the successful completion of their first project. Well done to HCPL who have driven this project forward and to the army of volunteers and local tradesmen who rolled up their sleeves and attacked the Plough with paint brushes.

2015-05-20 HCPL have exchanged contracts for The Plough!

On May 19th Hanney Community Pub Ltd exchanged contracts with Punch for The Plough, West Hanney. The village managed to raise the full 400k during the share offering. Completion date will be decided later but will be within 28 days (on or before 16th June).


HCPL is looking for volunteers to help clean, garden, paint and touch-up The Plough following the successful purchase by the village. This is likely to be in June. If you would like to help there is a short Volunteering Form to fill (also downloadable from our "Documents" section) in to allow us to know who is available, when and what they would like to do.

2015-02-25 Plough updates

The Plough is now open for food, reports are good, so pop in and give it a try. HCPL have now instructed solicitors and the purchase is progressing well. The next stages involve preparing a share offer document which will contain everything you need to know to make the decision to invest. HCPL intend to hold a public meeting to answer any questions there may be on the share offer document.

2015-02-15 The Plough now open

The plough is now open for beer lunchtimes, evenings and all day Saturday and Sunday. It is closed Mondays. Food is still awaiting kitchen sign off, but hopefully will be in the next week. The new tenant is called Steve. Pop in and say Hi!

2015-02-15 HCPL offer for the Plough has been accepted

The Hanney Community Pub Ltd offer for the Plough has been accepted! The hard work starts now. We are still looking for funds to bring the pub up to safe, hygenic and pleasureable standards.

2015-02-05 Plough to re-open Friday

A sign outside the Plough says that it will re-open on Friday 6th February at 5pm. Here's hoping!

2015-01-16 Plough share offer - key facts

Key facts of the Hanney Community Pub Ltd share offer now available.

2015-01-15 Hanney Community Pub Ltd Website

The Hanney Community Pub Ltd Website is now online.

2015-01-15 Plough opening delayed

You might have noticed that the Plough did not open as expected on 12th January. At present Punch do not seem to know when the pub will re-open, but we will let you know as soon as we do.

2015-01-08 Plough to re-open

The Plough will be open under temporary management from 12th January.

2015-01-04 Plough up for sale

The Plough is up for sale and HCPL hopes to progress an offer soon.