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We are disappointed to learn that the current operators at the Fellowship and Star are not planning to reopen the bar and cinema when the current coronavirus restrictions are lifted on Monday 19 July.
We have been in contact with the operators, Electric Star Fellowship Ltd, throughout the pandemic. We fully understand the pressures on the hospitality industry posed by Covid 19 and we have sought to provide support since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
We remain absolutely committed to the Fellowship and are proud that we were successful with bidding for and delivering a £4million restoration project through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
We are proud of the building’s past as the first pub built as an integral part of a London housing estate, as the training base for the heavyweight boxer Sir Henry Cooper and as a well established music venue in the 1960s.
We want to draw on that heritage and see the Fellowship as integral to our vision of working together to build a better future for our community. We are pleased that the upper floors of the building have become a base for Lewisham Music, which provides music-making opportunities for children and young people across the borough.
We are now in the process of finding another operating partner for the pub, café, cinema and venue elements of the Fellowship and our early discussions have been positive.
We thank everyone for their understanding and will provide further updates.