Wiltshire

Barge Inn Community Project goes into administration

Barge Inn sign
Image caption Singer Laura Marling played at a festival to mark the pub's reopening

A company which runs a 200-year-old pub in Wiltshire and featured in a BBC programme has gone into administration.

The Barge Inn Community Project, in Honeystreet, near Pewsey, said poor trade over the summer was behind the move to go into voluntary liquidation.

Property owner Ian McIvor, whose business Honeystreet Ales leases the pub to the community committee, said he would look for new tenants.

In 2010 the canalside pub was featured on the BBC's Village SOS programme.

It looked at how projects across the UK use Lottery funding.

Staff paid

Nearly £300,000 of Lottery funding was awarded to The Barge Inn Community Project to refurbish and manage the venue after previous landlords retired after running the pub for 17 years.

Brit Award-winning singer Laura Marling played at a festival to mark its opening.

Chairman John Brewin said staff had been paid and made redundant.

He is set to meet government insolvency specialists in the next few days.

Mr McIvor said he was committed to the pub's future.

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