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Because community pubs bring people together

This is the management site for GMCP Ltd


Guilden Morden Community Pub Limited (GMCP) was established in 2017 as a Community Benefit Society (CBS) incorporated under the Cooperative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. It is owned and managed by the community for the benefit of the community.


GMCP was formed to

  • Raise funds to purchase the freehold of and refurbish The Three Tuns in Guilden Morden

  • Lease the property to a tenant who will reopen and operate the pub as a successful long-term business

  • Ensure through the lease terms that The Three Tuns remains a social hub for the wider benefit of the community


GMCP currently has over 280 shareholders, most of whom live locally. GMCP’s constitution is based on the Model Rules provided by the Plunkett Foundation, a charitable organisation that supports community co-operatives in rural areas. As a CBS, each investor in GMCP has an equal vote irrespective of the size of their investment and no individual is able to make a capital profit from their investment. GMCP is run by a Management Committee of twelve shareholders.

The Three Tuns, Guilden Morden


The Three Tuns (TTT) is recorded as a public house in the UK’s census – it has probably been a pub for over 300 years


Simpson’s Brewery of Baldock (founded in 1730s) acquired Pryor’s tied estate that included The Three Tuns


Mr & Mrs Jack Gray retire as licensees (length of tenure unknown).  Claude Pearce takes over as landlord


Simpson’s Brewery sells the pub to Greene King & Sons Ltd


Claude & Kathleen (Bink) Pearce retire.  Nick Crane takes over as landlord


Nick Crane retires


Greene King closes the pub (landlady Linda Walsh retires after 9 years) and sells it to a property developer - The Three Tuns Action Group (TTAG) is formed


TTT designated as an Asset of Community Value (ACV)


The new owner applies for change of use of TTT from a pub to a house – South Cambs District Council (SCDC) recommends refusal of the planning application in March 2016


Planning Inspector refuses planning application (upholding SCDC recommendation).  TTAG broadened to become The Three Tuns Community Group (TTCG)


TTCG registers Guilden Morden Community Pub Ltd (GMCP) as a Community Benefit Society to be able to buy TTT - the pub is put up for sale


GMCP agrees terms to buy TTT and raises over £250k from over 265 investors

Nov 2018

GMCP buys TTT and starts extensive refurbishment of the pub

May 2019

Peter & Megan Friskey become GMCP's first tenants and reopen the pub in June 2019

Link button below to the Pub