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Fiona Blair raised £31,331.5 from 845 supporters.


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£31,331raised of £30,000 target by 845 supporters

    Weʼve raised £31,331 to set up a Community Benefit Society - the first step towards a community buy-out of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

    London, United Kingdom
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    Funded on Saturday, 4th March 2017

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    This Fighting Fund will help the RVT Future campaign move towards community ownership of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

    Over the last two years, the RVT Future campaign has secured a quadruple-lock of planning certification for the Tavern including Asset of Community Value status and Grade II listing. But it’s not enough. Given London’s stratospheric property market, the RVT will be under threat as long as it's in private ownership.

    So the next step of our campaign to ensure a thriving future for the Royal Vauxhall Tavern is our most ambitious yet - protecting this iconic space for future generations of LGBTQ+ people by undertaking the UK’s biggest ever community buy-out.

    UPDATE 21/02/17: THANK YOU. As you can see, we’ve reached our £30K target - 12 days sooner than expected!

    We can now move to the next phase of the campaign - raising the funds to actually buy the Tavern as a community. But we still need your money! Please keep giving on this page. If you wish to donate more than £250 please contact us directly at hello@rvt.community as we will look to ensure (with your permission) that those donations are structured as an investment securing you share(s) in the organisation.

    Here’s how we’ll spend this and any further money donated:
    -Specialist consultancy from a Community Shares Standard Mark accredited practitioner
    -Project manager / administrator
    -Building survey / valuation
    -Legal fees
    -Website and technology

    We want to make the RVT Community Benefit Society a model of best practice, as well as ensuring that we seek value for money in everything we do with the funds you have donated, or will invest. We will run the organisation transparently and accountably and will publish financial statements back to you, the community, on a quarterly basis.
    As we’ve already stated, should our plan not succeed any unspent funds will be given to LGBTQ+ charities after consultation with the community.

    Buckle up - the buy-out is ON!



    • Fiona Blair

      Fiona Blair

      a month ago

      Fiona Blair

      THANK YOU. As you can see, we’ve reached our £30K target - and 12 days sooner than expected! Read more in our Story, above. TL;DR - the UK’s biggest community fundraiser is ON and we couldn’t have done it without your support. From everyone at RVT Future - thank you, and we hope to make you proud as we move to the next stage of our campaign... Please take our community survey if you haven't already, and shape the future RVT: http://www.rvt.community/community-ownership-we-want-to-hear-from-you/

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    • Fiona Blair

      Fiona Blair

      a month ago

      Fiona Blair

      Thank you so much - all seven hundred and ninety of you - your are the best! We go forward now knowing you have backed us and will do our best now to get the right things in place to climb the mountain to buy this pub and keep faith with its history and secure its future. xx

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    • Fiona Blair

      Fiona Blair

      2 months ago

      Fiona Blair

      Thanks everyone for getting us off to a flying start! Let your firends know - don't be shy - you've done a really good thing! Hopefully by Monday we will have raised the cash needed for the next step!

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    2 months ago

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    • Mart


      Mar 3, 2017

      Brilliant idea. People standing up to keep this very special place open as RVT !


    • Barry Snelgrove

      Barry Snelgrove

      Mar 3, 2017

      The Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Justice Richard Heaton ( my big boss) has been involved in this and I'm active in LGBT 🏳️‍🌈 at MOJ so happy to be involved . Call if I can help 07545 373679


    • Robert Salt

      Robert Salt

      Feb 27, 2017

      Fond Duckie memories at the RVT - long may it continue!


    About the fundraiser
    Fiona Blair

    Fiona Blair

    London, United Kingdom

    The RVT Future campaign, made up of Tavern performers, promoters and regulars, is fighting to secure the future of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern as an LGBTQ+ pub and queer performance space.

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