Locals offer to buy last pub in Essex village from lottery winner

A group of residents in an Essex village are banding together to try and buy the village’s last pub from a millionaire lottery winner in an attempt to help it reopen after lockdown.

Adrian Bayford won the £148m Euromillions jackpot in 2012, and bought the Rose and Crown in Ashdon near Saffron Waldon, Essex.

The Rose and Crown is the last pub remaining in the village, and according to Mirror Online, locals are worried that it might not reopen after the national lockdown finishes.

It’s been shut since July, and owner Adrian Bayford now lives 430 miles away in a mansion in Perthshire, Scotland.

Ashdon parish council vice chairman Philip Player said he would welcome a community bid for the pub.

He said: “We’d like to take it over as a village hub as we are looking to try to replace the shop, which we lost a number of years ago. There’s no garage, no shop and now no pub.

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“We are trying our best to bring the village back into life.”

Locals reckon the pub will go for around £300,000.

One said: “It was really well supported so it needs to reopen when lockdown is over.

“We can all come together to buy it, or there are one or two in the village who have a load of money so they might buy it.”

Adrian Bayford with then wife Gill when they won their jackpot back in 2012
Adrian Bayford with then wife Gillian when they won their jackpot back in 2012
(Image: Vikki Lince)

Parish chairman Mike Elsey said the pub will be discussed at the end of the month, adding: “It’s going on the market. That is all we know.”

Ex-postie Mr Bayford, 49, won EuroMillions with his Scottish wife Gillian, 48.

The couple later split and he moved to be near his two children.

Mr Bayford refused to comment on the pub.

Essex Live