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Community group receives council funding to transform Bromley town centre pub

PUBLISHED: 14:53 08 November 2013 | UPDATED: 15:08 08 November 2013

Amanda Hone is hoping to return The Royall Bell to its former glory.

Amanda Hone is hoping to return The Royall Bell to its former glory.

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A project to transform a derelict Bromley town centre pub into thriving community hub has received a financial boost.

Bromley Arts and Community Initiative (BACI) are set to receive almost £3,000 from Bromley Council’s Community Fund to help with their plans to renovate The Royal Bell, in Bromley High Street.

The group have also submitted another funding application to the Social Investment Business for £10,000 - which would enable them to employ the help of property professionals and lawyers to examine the scale of the project.

In an email sent to subscribers, Amanda Hone, BACI secretary, said: “Until we received this fund we had been paying for things like room hire ourselves and relying on as much free publicity to help spread the word about the campaign as possible, but now these funds allow us to pay for professional services and advice, as well as a proper logo design and branding.

“It will also help us to further our reach to those in Bromley through a full consultation and engagement exercise.

“We truly believe our plans to restore and conserve the Royal Bell Hotel, breathing life back into the building through the provision of community, arts an cultural space will be a vital asset to Bromley town centre.”

Earlier this year it was suggested the Grade II listed building was set to become a Chinese restaurant.

However, BACI would like to see the building used for multi-purposes, including a pub on the ground floor, with office space and an art gallery above.

You can keep up to date with the news regarding The Royal Bell at facebook.com/bromleyartsandcommunity.

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