I have an affection for the Robin Hood public house in Sherwood, Tunbridge Wells. It was my first 'local' when I moved to Tunbridge Wells in 1990. There are reports that it is to close on 20th August. Will this be a temporary closure or is the land to be sold to a housing developer?
What are the alternative venues? Not the High Brooms Hotel, nor the old community centre, nor the Greyhound, all have gone, or soon will be.
The Robin Hood has had a chequered career. At times the management has been very poor, at others excellent. But what now? Pubs are part of the fabric of the community - as witness the excitement at the re-opening of the pub in Bidborough. The Robin Hood has an excellent function room which could be used for a variety of community activities, there is a good car park and a large outside area. There are some very keen community activists in Sherwood. Why not look into making the Robin Hood a community pub, possibly run as a co-operative?