Sep 15

Seven Stars Barn Furniture

Stars Furniture

As you will all know if you have seen Charlie’s email circular, BNCS has decided to invest in new furniture for the Barn eating area…exciting times!!

To accommodate the new we need to remove the old!

So, as a Committee, we felt it was only right that we offered first opportunity to Shareholders and regulars in the pub….that is, subscribers to this email list.

All we ask is a donation for the furniture you would like to take. We are suggesting £20 for a large table, £15 for a small table and £2 for a chair. So what do you need….

  • An extra table to put in the garage and pull out when you have more house guests that you normally cater for!
  • A garden table
  • Some additional chairs to go in bedrooms

The usage list is endless…but the date for all this furniture removal is a challenge!

We know the new furniture is due in the next week or so but we don’t know the exact date as yet. The plan is that I will email you again once everything is confirmed and we will set aside a weekend morning for people to come to the pub, make a selection, make their donation and take the furniture away.

So, for now, have a think about what you may want…by all means check out the numbers available with Matt and the team….and keep an eye open for my next mail when I will let you know the exact date that the furniture will be available.

Jul 15

Seven Stars Customer Survey and AGM Minutes

Hello Everyone,

Hopefully this will get to you before the round of serious summer holidays start!!

Seven Stars Customer Survey

We have had lots of participants making some very excellent points on the strengths and areas for development in the pub. We would like to have one last push in order to garner the largest spectrum of views that we can and therefore I have attached the link again here – Seven Stars Customer Survey.

We will close the survey on 14th August.

AGM Minutes

Thanks again to all those who attended the AGM on 10th July. The minutes can be accessed here: 2015 AGM Minutes or on the website.

And thank you to all those who have replied to the email I sent on your interest payment. The number of people wishing to roll their interest into further shares has been very encouraging and we thank you for that. For those of you who haven’t received a mail its probably gone into your spam or junk mail…please could you drop me a mail on phil@philcollins.uk.com and I will send again.

Enjoy the summer!!


Jul 15

AGM and Customer Survey

The AGM took place on Friday at the Village Hall with a good number of shareholders present.

We will publish Meeting Minutes in the next week or so but suffice to say that the Management Committee recommended and the Meeting passed a resolution to pay interest of 2% on all shareholdings for the year ending 24th March 2015.

As in 2014 there will be an option for Shareholders to roll over their interest should they wish to do so. We will email all shareholders individually in the next couple of weeks to confirm Bank Account details and at that time each Shareholder can indicate whether they wish to roll over in return for additional shares.

We also announced an initiative to garner feedback from Villagers and the wider “Seven Stars Community” via a twice a year online survey. The survey should only take 5 minutes to complete but will provide a very useful touchpoint for both the Committee and Matt Ford in understanding what is working and where there could be improvement.

Please click here to go to the survey…. BNCS & Seven Stars Feedback Survey  Many thanks for your time in completing it.

Look forward to continuing to see you all in the Stars over the coming months.

Kind regards,

Phil Collins

Jul 15

AGM Reminder – Friday 10th July 2015

Just wanted to remind everyone that the BNCS AGM takes place next Friday, 10th July at 7pm in the Village Hall.

The Management Committee would be delighted to see as many of you there as possible and we can all repair to the Stars after the Meeting.

I would also like to remind anyone who would like to consider standing for the Management Committee should inform a Member of the Committee by close of business on 9th July.

The Notice of the Meeting is reprinted below:

To all Shareholders of Baldons and Nuneham Community Society Limited

The Management Committee of the Society hereby gives notice that the second Annual General Meeting of the Society will take place at 7pm on Friday 10 July 2015 at Marsh Baldon Village Hall.

The business of the meeting will be:

  • To receive from the management committee the accounts of the Society and the report of the auditor.
  • To re-elect the Society’s auditor
  • To elect one member of the Management Committee
  • To receive from the management committee a report on performance in the previous year and plans for the future
  • To consider and if appropriate to resolve to pay interest to shareholders at a rate of 2% for the year 25 March 2014 to 24 March 2015

The election of a member of the management committee arises as a result of the resignation of one member. If you would like to stand please inform a member of the committee by 9 July 2015.

Dated: 22 June 2015

Click here to view 2 key documents for the Meeting

  • Report of the Committee to the Members for year ending 24th March 2015
  • Financial accounts for the Year Ending 24th March 2015


Mar 15

Speaking of Toilets, Birthdays and Committee Members!!

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Jun 14

Documents from the AGM held 21st May 2014

The AGM was held in the Village Hall on 21st May 2014. The Minutes of the Meeting, Report and Accounts and a feedback document are all under the “Key documents” tab above.

As you will see from the Minutes there were some really good questions from the floor on things like development plans and delivering the Community Vision.

We also took the opportunity to pass around feedback booklets so that people were able to comment on the operation of the Stars. I have also attached this document….suffice to say, feedback was invariably positive with some really good suggestions and ideas to take forward.

Interest payments

All of the Shareholders have received emails in the last day or so detailing the interest due on their shares.

One of the requests that we have made is that Shareholders consider rolling their interest into new shares. This effectively enables us to keep £3k plus in our accounts that we can put toward further developments in the pub….things like the disabled loo, a playground, creating a more “pub by area” etc.

In order for us to do this we need your written (email is fine) permission sent to John Simpson. The cut off date is 30th June – all interest payments will be made soon after this date.

If any Shareholder hasn’t received an email from me please let me know and I will send you the detail again.

Thanks again for all of the support you have given the pub in the last year and a half – it continues to go from strength to strength!!

May 14

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Time to get formal…..the notice below has gone to all Shareholders of the Baldons and Nuneham Community Society Ltd. However, everyone is welcome to our first AGM…its your opportunity to hear about the workings of the Society first hand and to get a report on the first year of operation.

There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion, questions and feedback….and the intention is to repair to the pub afterwards….always an incentive!!

Notice of Annual General Meeting

To all Shareholders of Baldons and Nuneham Community Society Limited

The Management Committee of the Society hereby gives notice that the first annual general meeting of the Society will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 21 May 2014 at Marsh Baldon Village Hall.

The business of the meeting will be:

  1. To receive from the Management Committee the accounts of the Society and the report of the auditor.
  2. To re-elect the Society’s auditor, Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP
  3. To receive from the Management Committee a report on performance in the previous year and plans for the future
  4. To consider and if appropriate to resolve to pay interest to shareholders at a rate of 2% from 24 March 2013 or from the date on which the subscription for shares was received fully paid if later than 24 March 2013.

Dated: 1 May 2014

Mar 14

Seven Stars 1st Birthday – March 30th 2014

2014-03-26 - front door of the StarsSo, here we are, exactly one year on from the Opening Day of the Seven Stars under Community ownership.

And what a year it has been… one that has seen huge efforts from the whole village and further afield to buy the pub in the first place, to contribute hard labour to get it open and finally in ensuring its success by frequenting it on a regular basis!!

Everyone can be incredibly proud of the contributions they have made…long may it continue!

As part of the celebrations we have produced a small booklet that tries to tell the story of this momentous year…enjoy.

I have also made the photographs used in the booklet available for you to download separately if you so wish. Katia Vastiau very kindly kept a photographic record during the initial refurbishment, Ric Mellis came along to take photos on Opening Day and the remainder are from Matts ongoing collection.

3 links for you…

Matts 1st Birthday Party
And don’t forget later today Matt is holding his first birthday party at the pub….well not his actually, but the pub!! You know what I mean!!??

4.00 p.m. is the time…face painting for the kids, a band in the garden, some great local beers and a hog roast are all on the agenda…enjoy!!

On this occasion I won’t be able to join you…enjoy the festivities, I am very jealous!!



Jan 14

New Open Share Offer

It is now almost a year since we launched the initial Share Offer to the Village Community that enabled us all to buy the Seven Stars property and begin the journey…

Since then we have…

  • Completely refurbished the pub ready for opening
  • Appointed Matt Ford as the Landlord
  • Rebuilt and opened the Barn as a Dining Area

Seven Stars BarnAs a result we now all have a thriving local pub that has quickly become the focus of our Community and continues to go from strength to strength delivering against the Village requirements.

Launch of a New Open Share Offer

The Baldons and Nuneham Community Society is now in a position where we can launch a new Open Share Offer. Funds raise will enable us to continue developing the property to deliver that Village vision.

This means that anyone can invest at any time. The rate of interest is the same, ie 1.5% over base.

If you would like to invest a little more, or know anyone else who would like to invest, you can obtain a copy as follows:

  • From the pub. Matt has copies.
  • From the website: www.savethesevenstars.com – the document can be found under “Key Documents” either in the top menu or in the key documents menu in the right sidebar…. or please click here to be taken direct to the Offer Document
  • We will be emailing everyone on our email list.
  • From any member of the committee: Laurence Attewill , Phil Collins, Phil Gardner, Dave Greenaway, Liz Jones, Jacquie Lake, Tom Saw, John Simpson, Sonja Van Dijk.
  • By calling Liz Jones on 01865 343465 or 07967 977035.

We are hoping to raise at least £15,000 so don’t be shy!

Dec 13

A Pub Update…

A Pub Update…

Well, the Barn opened on time and everyone seems really pleased with the ambience that is created in there….it has a warm and cosy feel in winter…and I am sure that come summer, with the French doors thrown open, it will be an equally welcoming place for dinner!!

So what next? Well that's the purpose of this newsletter…

Pub Update Meeting

Friday 27th December 2013

The Seven Stars Barn – 6pm

One of the most successful meetings we had prior to buying the pub was the one twixt Christmas and New Year 2012…

We thought we would repeat the formula this year and gather for some bubbles and mince pies!!

The agenda will be something like this:

  • What's next on the building front?
  • The launch of the new “Open Share Offer”
  • Long term plans

Lots to talk about with immediate plans well advanced for additional building.

And for those new to the village or who didn't subscribe for shares last time …or even want to increase their shareholding further…there will be all the detail you need in the new Share Offer.

So…pop the date in the diary and come down to the pub at 6pm…I suspect there may be quite a few stay on for drinks and dinner so make sure you call Matt to book your table…

01865 343337