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The Cross Keys, Corsley

As former licensees of this popular village pub, we are pleased the Cross Keys at Corsley has been saved from closure. It was back in November that Wadworth put it on the market for sale as a free house. It was then referred to Wiltshire Council for listing as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) and it was a great surprise that this was refused, because it certainly had all the right criteria. It was then that the village rallied round to save it and promote it as a community pub. The current licensee Shelley Watts has agreed to stay on with the support of her husband Graham; this is a very welcome decision. Quite a lot of work will need to be done, and so the pub is closed for a few weeks to allow this. It will re-open as a free house, which should ensure a good choice of real ales. It has been a popular pub with CAMRA members for many years, so long may it continue. This is a pub which has always been the hub of the village; clubs and people meet here; league skittles and cribbage are played here; the village cricket team uses the pub; it provides a valuable social environment for young and old. We wish the very best of luck to the Cross Keys for the future.

Roy & Ruth Priestley Licensees of the Cross Keys 1983-2000