HUndreds of signatures have been collected in the fight to save Newthorpe’s only pub.
The Advertiser revealed last week that The Foresters Arms in Main Street, could be bulldozed to make way for seven houses if a planning application for the site is given the green light.
On Wednesday, Rev Bryan Keyworth presented a 732 name petition to Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry who has joined the fight to save the Greene King-owned pub.
Rev Keyworth said: “There’s only two places left in this village for the community and that’s this pub and the Baptist Church and there’s more people come here than to the church so we’ve got to save it.
“Without it this community will just die and become nothing more than a housing estate.”
Rev Keyworth’s wife, Janet, has strong links to the pub’s past. She said: “My grandparents were the landlord and landlady from 1905 until 1933.
“This is a community pub and always has been, without it Newthorpe will have nowhere.”
Regulars have rallied round to get villagers to join the fight to keep the pub open.
Ex-landlady, Eileen Mitchell, told the Advertiser: “If the Foresters Arms goes there won’t be a community in Newthorpe.
“When I ran the pub I did Christenings, funerals, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, everything, it’s got to stay.”
Regular, Elizabeth Catherines, 80, said: “I’ve been going to the Foresters Arms for well over 30 years now.
“Now I’m older it’s perfect for me, close enough to walk to and it means I get out and about.
“Without it I don’t know what I’ll do and I know there’s other people like me.”
Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry vowed to help villagers in their fight to save the local.
She said: “There’s very few pubs like this left. Over time breweries have ripped the character out of pubs and made them into drinking dens.
“This is a community pub and Newthorpe needs it.
“I’m going to present the petition to the leader of Broxtowe Borough Council so he can see the strength of feeling, more than 700 people have signed it in less than seven days.
“I’m already looking into whether local people could own and run the pub under a section of the government’s localism bill called community right to buy.”