So whats happening on the pub front?
Its been a while since I last emailed everyone and summer seems to have come and gone…yes, I know its the longest day today and therefore officially the middle of summer…but where is the accompanying weather??!!
Still, given its been a long time guess what?? Yes…this is going to a long email…so, grab a cup of coffee and settle back. I’ll try and keep it interesting! And if I see you in the pub I’ll be asking questions!!
The bright spot in all of this dreary weather has been the pub…every time I visit it seems to be doing a thriving trade and the comments from people both in the village and from visitors all appear positive.
Two warm Bank Holidays have certainly helped and although swamped on the first, they have managed to cope admirably. In fact, rumour has it that the Chair of BNCS, a certain Liz Jones, was seen donning her pinny and returning to her student days as a silver service waitress in the garden on that day!!
Matt has settled well and is enjoying himself. He has said, “The support of the village has been fantastic and we have had a great start”
“We will continue to try and deliver a quality food and drink offer that represents great value and have lots more events planned for the forthcoming months”.
Expect to see the Seven Stars on The Green website running properly shortly with more information on these events.
Baldons & Nuneham Community Society Ltd
Your Committee has also been hard at work on the next stages of the property development and I thought it worth a few minutes explaining where we are on this…
When we originally looked at the development we split it down into a number of phases and earmarked monies for each phase.
- Phase 1 – Completing the necessary immediate repairs and getting the pub open
- Phase 2 – Developing and opening the dining room
- Phase 3 – Development of toilet facilities and improving the kitchen facilities and services
- Phase 4 – Development of the outside space
Clearly in order to complete all of this work we need additional funds and so we have spent time researching and applying for “matched funding” grants.
If we are successful in our quest to obtain these then it means we can spread our initial funds further and complete all 4 phases.
So where are we now?
Phase 2 – Dining Room
As you all know this was priority number 1 and prior to opening we created an opening into the planned new dining room which has been masterfully covered by Caddie Attiwells Trompe d’Oeil.
The delay in getting going with this work has been twofold…applying for some significant grant monies and ensuring that Planning and Building Inspectors are all onside with what we are trying to do.
We are very hopeful that we will be successful in our application to CIF for grant monies and expect a decision imminently. With the Planning and Building Inspectors on side this work will commence in the second week of August and is expected to take about 11 weeks to complete.
The plan envisages creating a spacious room, enjoying the enhanced ceiling height that the old barn affords, with 2 large french doors to a reconstructed rear patio providing additional dining overlooking the fields at the back. There will also be additional toilets incorporated into the work.
So, we should have a new dining space by early October enabling Matt to better implement his ideas for drinking and eating spaces. Fantastic…look out for the Grand Opening!!
Phase 3 – Upgraded and additional facilties
The Buildings Sub Committee led by Laurence Attewill and aided and abetted by 2 able co-opted assistants in Peter Cave and Ivan Ball have been examining all manner of options for this phase.
Plans are now coming together and they expect to be putting the final touches to things over the next couple of months with a view to obtaining planning permission in the autumn and aiming at starting the development in January / February 2014.
Phase 4 – Outside space
Sarah Marchant and Steve Wardell have also been considering the outside space and are looking at how this will fit with Phase 3.
So, lots going on and we thought that it was about time that we tried to bring it all together for everyone by having a Village Hall Meeting on 9th August at 6.30 pm.
Hopefully no longer than an hour, we will have plans and diagrams illustrating the various phases. Everyone is welcome and we would welcome your input. And then we can all repair to the pub!!
Updated Share Offer
We understand that a number of people have enquired about investing in BANCS Ltd. Over the next couple of months we are intending issuing a new Share Offer document to enable people to do exactly that…watch this space!
Hopefully this email has given you a good feel for where things currently stand…
- We have got our pub back!!
- All the reports suggest that it is exactly what people wanted
- As a result of getting the offer right and the support of the village the pub is trading very well
- We are now moving on to Phase 2 of the development – opening the new dining room
Onwards and upwards
And here is the test to check you have read to the end of the email!! 2 huge sporting occasions at the weekend…The Lions play Oz in Brisbane on Saturday and England play India on Sunday in the Champions Trophy at Edgbaston.
So when I see you in the pub and ask my question the answer is Brisbane and Edgbaston – woe betide anyone who doesn’t get it right!! And no, you can’t ask me why…I’m the one writing the email and I can ask what I like!!
You were warned