Hollywood actor Matthew Rhys buys shares in community pub in Ceredigion
Hollywood actor Matthew Rhys bought shares to support a community pub in Ceredigion.
It was almost bar time at the Tafarn Dyffryn Aeron or Vale of Aeron pub in the village of Ystrad Aeron, near Felinfach, when the company went live in September.
The community, however, decided to come together to buy and reopen their beloved space as a community business.
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The pub is known as the haunt of legendary poet Dylan Thomas and his wife Caitlin when they lived in the nearby hamlet of Talsarn in the early 1940s.
Community adventure Menter Tafarn y Vale aims to raise over Â£ 330,000 to buy the historic pub.
On Twitter Tuesday, Matthew, who previously played the poet in the movie The Edge of Love, revealed he had given the business a helping hand.
He wrote: “I just bought shares in a pub that Dylan Thomas frequented …
“If you want to do the same … @TafarnyVale”.
So far the company has managed to receive Â£ 125,000 in shares.
Each action costs Â£ 1. The purchase of shares makes the shareholder a member of the Company and gives them the opportunity to have a say in its operations.
Each member has one vote, regardless of the number of shares he buys. The minimum shareholding is Â£ 200 and the maximum is Â£ 30,000.
The inspiration behind the community business came after Menter Ty’n Llan in Llandwrog near Caernarfon garnered broad support to open their local Ty’n Llan, including through actor Rhys Ifans.
According to Menter Tafarn y Vale’s business plan, the company aims to keep the Vale at the heart of the community, to provide a place to meet and socialize for people of all ages and from all walks of life, as well as to create new jobs for the local population.
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