Appeal to Chris Evans to save Lickfold pub

Campaigners to save the Lickfold Inn, Sharon Warner, Maria Dimond, and Sal Marks.C130742-3
Campaigners to save the Lickfold Inn, Sharon Warner, Maria Dimond, and Sal Marks.C130742-3

SAVE The Lickfold Inn campaigners have been out in force gathering support for their bid to revitalise the pub which many believe is rotting away.

The campaign has been gathering pace since February when nearly 100 villagers attended a public meeting at the Noah’s Ark pub, in nearby Lurgashall, to express their concerns about the boarded-up pub, owned by television presenter and DJ Chris Evans.

Lodsworth parish council later held an emergency meeting to give people the chance to air their views.

And on Saturday (June 1), campaigners Sharon Warner, Maria Dimond and Sal Marks were out at Lurgashall’s annual village fete gathering support.

Lickfold has made an urgent plea to Chris Evans but have so far failed to attract his attention.

Speaking at Chichester District Council recently Cllr Elizabeth Hamilton said: “We do not know how much you know about the situation in Lickfold. Please help the community bring life back into the pub.”

The DJ bought it in 2007 but closed it three years later claiming he could ‘no longer justify keeping the Lickfold open’.

He reportedly paid more than £1m. The asking price is now around £625,000.