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Residents are invited to share their views and have their say, at a pop-up shop, on multimillion pound proposals to restore a local semi-derelict pub in Bellingham

Phoenix plans to redevelop The Fellowship Inn

Residents in Lewisham and south London are invited to share their views and have their say on multimillion pound proposals to restore The Fellowship Inn, a semi-derelict pub in Bellingham, at a new pop-up shop opening.

Phoenix Community Housing was awarded a grant of £3.8million by the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore The Fellowship Inn.

The pub was built as part of a ‘Homes for Heroes’ estate for veterans of the First World War and their families. It later formed a training base for the heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper ahead of his fight with Cassius Clay in 1963, and world-famous bands including Fleetwood Mac and The Yardbirds played there in the 1960s.

The resident-owned housing association has developed proposals which include the full restoration of the existing pub and the introduction of:
• a cinema
• live music / comedy venue
• music hub and work spaces
• restaurant / cafe
• bakery
• brewery

The pop-up consultation shop is two doors down from the pub in Randlesdown Road, Bellingham and will be open throughout July and August. Visitors to the shop will be able to meet members of the project team, find out more about the proposals and give their views on what the new building should deliver.

Anyone interested in giving their views can also do so online, by telephone or by post by 28 August.

Phoenix Chief Executive, Jim Ripley, said: “We’re really looking forward to starting work on the building and to creating a venue that will put Bellingham back on the map and create hundreds of job and training opportunities for residents.

“We want the restored Fellowship Inn to be a building that everyone in the community can enjoy. We’ll be drawing up more detailed proposals for the building later this year and we want to make sure that these reflect the wishes of people across the area.”