With your help we plan to purchase the Green Dragon as a community asset in order to restore it to its former glory. We aim to re-establish it as a successful trading pub serving both the local community and visitors to the area. Our priorities will be:
- To revitalise the pub as a thriving business serving good quality food, beers, wines and spirits
- To reinstate the cottage attached to the pub as viable, affordable and comfortable accommodation
- To establish a community shop/delicatessen and café
- To re-establish a range of social activities in the pub and grounds which rekindle the community needs and spirit of the village.
Exelby is a small rural lower Dales community of about 80 households about three miles from Bedale in North Yorkshire.
In the past, the Green Dragon has traded very successfully and a considerable fund of goodwill towards the pub remains in the village and in the local catchment area. The Green Dragon has been at the centre of community activity within Exelby. The pub has been well used as a village and destination pub. It has also supported and hosted events such as the Extravaganza, Bonfire Night, Quiz nights, Themed evenings, Pop-up bakery for charity, the Dragons Club and special events on the field all run with the active support of the landlord. The pub also hosted a small community shop. Sadly, this is no longer the case.
Inspired by the growing number of community owned pubs that have revitalised local communities elsewhere, Exelby Green Dragon Group was formed at the end of 2016 with the aim of revitalising the Green Dragon.
After successfully applying for the pub and land associated with the pub to be listed as an Asset of Community Value and with no interest from other potential purchasers, the community has come together to mount a bid with the current owners - EI, formerly known as Enterprise Inns.
Meet the Team
We are all residents of Exelby with a a fundamental commitment to developing the Green Dragon as a vibrant pub and vital community resource for generations to come.
Former Chief Executive of Hambleton and Richmondshire District Councils with extensive experience of strategic management, planning and delivery of a wide range of public sector services and projects. Previous experience as a business owner. Currently operating own joinery, plumbing and home renovation business.
Working for Lloyds Banking Group for 28 years gaining extensive knowledge across Commercial banking and SME sector, supporting new businesses to launch, grow and evolve. Working closely with local enterprise programmes to support local growth strategies.
A qualified Chartered Surveyor and currently a Director at JLL with over 10 years’ experience in the commercial property sector with a focus on fund and asset management.
A business development consultant with extensive experience of working for local and national not for profit organisations across the UK and has acted as a governmental advisor on community development. John is a Trustee of a number of Yorkshire based charitable organisations.
Retired. Former Area Director of Children’s Services has extensive experience of leading and managing quality assurance and structural reorganisation in the field of education.
Barrister with a passion for the local community and the provision of excellent public services.
Members of the Steering Group acting in an advisory capacity:
Jane Ward, Parish Councillor
If you would like to join us on our journey, or have ideas about how we could revive the Green Dragon for the whole community then please get in touch...