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Hundreds respond to Phoenix consultation on The Fellowship Inn

Phoenix Community Housing, a Lewisham based housing association, was awarded a potential £3.8 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant the restore The Fellowship Inn - a 1920’s grade II listed property in Bellingham. While the public house remains open, much of the site is in disrepair and has the potential to provide new community facilities for the area.

The renovation project will create 70 jobs and lots of opportunities for training and volunteering for local people. A team of community volunteers have already given over 120 hours of their time to support the consultation, which was designed to ensure that renovation plans reflect the wishes of the local community. They engaged with people at local train stations, community events, through online questionnaires and from a pop-up shop.

There were many ideas for how best to develop The Fellowship Inn, and the consultation results show that top of the list is a cinema. Respondents said they currently have to travel to other areas to watch a film, with some going as far as Surrey Quays and Orpington.

Other ideas for rejuvenating the building include a pub, a microbrewery, a restaurant and café, a theatre, a live music and comedy venue, and a music hub.

Jim Ripley, Chief Executive of Phoenix said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have received such a positive response to our plans and I’d like to personally thank everyone who gave us their views, as well as our brilliant volunteers who gave up their time to support the consultation.”

“The Fellowship Inn will be a big part of this community, and we have been working hard to make sure everyone has the opportunity to have their say about how they would like to see the building used.”

Through the consultation 1 in 3 people signed up to volunteer which means the project will continue to be shaped by the local community.

The project is moving forward and Phoenix have recently appointed the architects Thomas Ford and Partners to develop the plans for the building. They specialise in historic buildings and have experience in conservation and heritage projects.  

Plans for community and heritage projects are also being developed. Anyone wishing to get involved can be kept up to date with the project by visiting www.phoenixch.org.uk or following us on twitter @phoenixtogether #FellowshipInn