Shareholders in the Fox and Goose, West Yorkshire’s first co-operative pub, attended the first Annual General Meeting on Saturday and voted in the new Board of Directors.
Fifty-eight people attended the meeting, held at St James’ Parish Church, Mytholm, by the Fox and Goose, (Hebden Bridge) Ltd, the society set up to buy and run the pub on behalf of the community.
Councillor Dave Young, who chaired the meeting, announced that he was standing down after two years and four months service, first as chairman of the Steering Committee and then as one of the interim directors.
He said: “We had a vision to save the Fox & Goose and turn it into a co-operative pub, owned by the community for the community. We have achieved this after a lot of hard work and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made this happen.”
Retiring treasurer Jonny Owen said although it was early days, takings were currently 20% above the business plan projection.
Directors elected were: Hannah Nadim, Tudor Gwynn, Drew Marsh, Rob Shaw, Stuart Daw, Chris Greaves and Mark Wade. The first major event to be held at the Fox will be the Spring Bank beer festival from May 23-26 and the whole community is invited along to celebrate the opening of the co-operative pub.