History in the making! North London’s First Community Pub!
The Antwerp Arms Association are delighted to be able to announce, that after almost 2 years of negotiating, organising and fundraising, the freehold purchase of the Antwerp Arms Public House, has been completed today.
The Antwerp Arms Association will take over soon after 15 April 2015 when the current landlord, Justin, leaves for pastures new.
We have had amazing support from all of our shareholders and the community. Thank you so much.
We look forward to raising a glass or two with all of you, at the ‘Annie’, our community hub.
More news to follow soon!
WE HAVE FINALLY EXCHANGED CONTRACTS and will complete the purchase of the ‘Annie’ at the end of March.
Family history search leads to The Antwerp Arms
We had a Facebook message recently from Joe McIntyre who has been researching his family tree and discovered that his Great Grandparents Joseph Michael O’Brian and Louise Mary O’Brian owned and run the Annie from sometime before 1910 to 1940.
There is actually some framed information about the O’Brian family hang on the wall at the back of the pub. I went to meet Joe and his Mum at the pub and we had a lovely couple of hours piecing it all together.
Great news! We’ve been successful in our application for a grant from the Social Investment Business – this has allowed us to make an offer for the Antwerp Arms that has been accepted.
We will have more details soon, but this would not have been possible without the support of our investors and all of those in the local community who have been a part of our cause.
Of course, this is just the next step on the journey to creating a successful and vibrant community pub in the heart of Tottenham. There will be a lot of work over the coming weeks and months, and many opportunities for you to get involved and show your support.
Many, many thanks!
We have raised our minimum target, and the share issue will go ahead.
We have extended the offer for another two weeks to allow more people to join in.
We are now going ahead to negotiate a price with the vendor of the freehold.
Tottenham Hotspur have pledged their support to the Antwerp Arms to save this local pub for supporters!
“As a Club with strong ties to its local community and fanbase, we recognise the important role that the Antwerp Arms plays in terms of providing a popular meeting place for supporters on a matchday, as well as being part of the area’s heritage,”
The Club said in an official statement, adding
“The Club, along with our Supporters Trust, is therefore delighted to have shown its support for the Antwerp Arms Association.”
Spurs hero is an Antwerp Arms shareholder
We were left star struck when Spurs legend Gary Mabbutt came down to the Annie to lend his support to the cause!
He patiently signed all our remaining T-Shirts, pulled pints, had a broad smile for everyone, cracked some jokes and took his time to find out all about Save Our Pub. What a trooper! What a man!
MP David Lammy tweets that he has bought shares in the Antwerp Arms!
Win a unique signed print by donating to The Annie
Local artist Andrew Miller has hand crafted 10 woodcut prints of the Antwerp Arms Pub.
The Antwerp Arms Association will be giving a limited- edition, numbered, signed and mounted print of the pub to the next 10 Patron- level donors on Microgenius!
If you buy £1000 or more worth of our shares (giving you 20 shares+) you will get one of these unique prints to mark your amazing commitment to help us save one of Tottenham’s last historic pubs.
Lights, CAMRA, Action?
It is with great delight we announce the fabulous New Tottenham Singers have agreed to providing the soundtrack of (and some even star in) our film-to-be, to promote the buying of shares in our community pub by pledging your support on Microgenius.
On Tuesday evening rehearsals began on ‘Who is Annie?’ A slight liberty taking variation on Shakespeare’s words and Schubert’s melody ‘Who is Sylvia?’ (1826) selected by Nadya Ostroff, our resident musicologist. The song became a popular drinking song and is almost as old as our dear pub.
It took no time at all for Choir Master,Tom Folkes to teach the amazing choir the song in four parts no less, and sound heavenly. A well as promoting AAA community sale of shares, you never know ‘Who is Annie’ may become a hit in 2014!