Tumbledown Dick gig to help fund pub campaignBy Amy Taylor
January 08, 2013
A FUNDRAISING gig featuring bands from Farnborough is being planned to help support the campaign to save the Tumbledown Dick pub.
The pub, known as the Tumbly, is the subject of a controversial agreement between owners Bride Hall Investments and the fast food chain McDonalds.
A campaign to prevent the takeover was launched, led by members of the Save the Tumbledown Dick Pub & Live Music Venue, in the hope that it could be retained for community use.
Now organisers have arranged a concert at The Agincourt rock venue in Camberley on Saturday, February 2 with a line-up of eight local bands who they say would be playing at the Tumbly if it was still a place for live music.
Money raised through ticket sales and donations will be put towards the funds of the Save the Tumbledown Dick committee, which so far has been paying for the costs of inspections and campaign material from members’ own pockets.
It will be used for legal costs, in the event of an appeal, requests, building surveys and promotional material.
After being told recently that the pub would not qualify for listed status, the campaigners have sought a second opinion from a building specialist.
The bands – Welcome the Howling Tones, Sounds of the Suburbs, Vibracore, Tempus Fusion, Splext & The Effects, The J Daniels Band, I Plead Irony and the Joe Johnston Band – were all chosen through a Facebook appeal and are donating their time for free.
The pub is believed to have been around since the 1600s, and in its heyday hosted bands such as Reuben, Hundred Reasons and The Jam.
In 2008, the pub was closed after failing a health inspection, and the moves to make it a fast food outlet prompted renewed efforts to find another solution.