About this pub, group and website
Why was the Association established?
The Navigation Inn is owned by Punch Taverns and there is growing concern about the future due to Punch’s financial problems and, just as importantly, the demise all around the area of traditional pubs. After exploratory meetings in July, the Association of the Friends of the Breaston Navi was formally established on 12th August 2013. Over 100 people attended the first meeting and there are now over 180 members. The Association has the support of local Councillors and Jessica Lee, MP for Erewash as well as CAMRA with the active support of the local Erewash Branch. The Derby & Sandiacre Canal Society is keen for the Inn to continue as an amenity which will enhance the canal should it be re-opened.
What is it planning to achieve?
The two main objectives of the Association are to have the Inn listed by Erewash Borough Council as an Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act and to prepare a business plan so as to be in a position to try to purchase the Inn if it were to come onto the market.
The first objective was achieved in October 2013 and the Inn is therefore listed until October 2018. The second objective is in progress.
The Association also wants to increase usage of the Inn not just by individuals but by the whole community and community groups. The ethos embraced by the landlord is one of reaching out to the community at large and encouraging groups to use the premises for meetings, celebrations and gatherings – “A community and its residents have always been at the centre of everything that pubs do and I am proud to run a pub were this is so apparent. “
What goes on now?
The Navi is a vibrant community hub – see the diagram below. It is place where people enjoy each other’s company, seek advice and support and look out for their friends and acquaintances in the community.
There are three regular real ales plus at least two guest ales as well as the popular lagers and ciders. There is a good selection of wine, soft drinks and tea and coffee too. Food from an excellent pub menu is served at lunch times seven days a week and in the early evenings Monday to Saturday.
The pub is used by regulars, families and groups. It is used for family celebrations, wakes, other community get-togethers and as a meeting place for groups. There is wheelchair access to both bars of the pub. The Navigation is indeed a community hub for a wide variety of people.
The Association also plans to hold a variety of social events during the year and plans to work with the Breaston Community Forum on village events. Look at the News page to see what is coming up.
The landlord also encourages various charities and collects on their behalf e.g. Brain Tumour Research and Diabetes UK. There is a cycle ride at each solstice which raises money for a named charity. A fun day in September 2013 raised £500 for the Breaston Scout Group.
The Solstice Bike Rides in 2014 raised £250 for the Canaan Trust which works with young homeless people in our area. In September there was an apple pressing weekend – lots of people scratting and pressing to make apple juice and cider. This was followed by the second Fun day. Again very well attended and surplus monies were donated to two village projects, £200 to the Pre-school Group and £50 to the Community Forum.
Many of the walkers, cyclists and horse riders using the canal path take well-earned breaks at the Inn. There are mounting/dismounting steps for the horse riders.
The Navigation Inn and the Derby & Sandiacre Canal were built in the 1790’s. The Inn is situated at the point where the road from Breaston to Risley bridged the canal, at the north west corner of the cross roads where Risley Lane, Longmoor Lane and Stevens Lane meet. There was a mooring place there so that goods could be taken out and brought in. The Inn has therefore been at the heart of community activity from its beginning.
Since the closure of the canal in the 1960’s, the pub has remained at the heart of village life and is more than ever a successful business serving the community.