We have a new ‘temporary’ Pub Manager. Please pop into the New Inn and say hello to welcome Danny Storer, who will be looking after proceedings whilst we search for a new permanent Manager to take over from Steve Hay. We’d like to thank Steve for all his help in getting the ‘new’ New Inn established and wish him well in his future endeavours.
Message to all Shareholders –
I am pleased to advise you that I have been co-opted to be responsible for ‘shareholder liaison’. I will be responsible for a number of activities but I will also provide a conduit for your comments, ideas and criticisms, all of which will be treated in the strictest of confidence. You may email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are now 2 months into our exciting new village venture the ‘NEW INN’. I am pleased to report that progress to date has been very positive and in particular trading is ahead of the budget set out in our business plan. Nonetheless challenges remain, not least in our efforts to open a village shop although we hope these will soon be overcome.
In the meantime we look forward to your continued support.
The pub is now fully functioning for food and drinks, from 27th April.
The New Inn website is also now live – www.thenewinn.pub, so please go there to find out what’s on offer.
GREAT NEWS! We have been awarded a grant of £38,500 from Warwick DC.
Warwick District Council’s portfolio holder for Finance Councillor Peter Whiting commented;
“I am very pleased that the Council is able to award funding to this project. I applaud the Norton Lindsey Community Pub Ltd for all the fundraising and engagement work it has already done in the local community and for coming up with a very sound business plan, which will not only mitigate the loss of the pub, but will replace it with a vibrant and enterprising focal point for everyone in the village.”
The garden team have been hard at it over the last few weeks, tending to the borders and creating a magical scheme in the back garden for children to explore in the summer months. It’s been hard work in the elements and we fully appreciate the commitment from the team!
It’s looking so much better already!
My name is Steve and the cute one in the photo is ‘Taylor’, he is my 3 year old English Springer Spaniel. Whilst I don’t have to buy valentines cards each year, I do have to buy him a birthday card on the same day!
I was born and bred in Hertfordshire, to be more precise Borehamwood which has the postcode WD6 but within has a very well-known secondary postcode of ‘E20’. That is because it is the home of EastEnders (Never get me on the subject of famous people I have the fortune or misfortune to meet, suffice it to say I have sat and had a beer with Sean Connery!)
I have lived in Leamington Spa on a number of occasions as I always levitate back there in my free periods, as my mum, brother and his family live there!
I first started ‘Behind the Ramp’ at the age of 16, so to give you an idea that is nearly 29 years. I have done a number of other things in this time as well including living in South Africa.
I have run a variety of different styles of pub over this time, taking different skills away after each, but wherever I have been able to I have made that pub the hub of the surrounding community! I have a real passion for Real Ales and whilst in Stratford in East London my pub came 2nd in the City and East London CAMRA pub of the year.
I keep very up to date with all the trends that are happening in the licensed trade and hope to show some of that at the ‘New Inn’, starting with the ‘Gin Quarter’.
Another big passion of mine is food, especially good old British ‘traditionals’, when I have the time, I make my own Pork Pies, Chutneys and Mustards. In conjunction with the Chef you will see some great classics.
Food and drink aside I am an avid sports fan, especially rugby. Some might say I know nothing about football as I support my local team from my youth ‘Watford’, this explains where my dog gets his name from, as I grew up under the Graham Taylor era.
So what will I bring to The New Inn?
I foremost want the pub to be somewhere anyone would be happy to walk into by themselves. I always try and look at things as if through the eyes of my mum (also my best friend). She is a young 70 something and I always feel that if she will come in then anyone will feel comfortable.
I share the committee’s view that the pub should be the centre of the community, this will involve events to bring the villagers together, and this will include quiz nights, family fun days, special food evenings and other events throughout the year. I want to create a real ‘buzz’ about the place and I want The New Inn to be the first name on everyone’s lips when they talk about going out.
My ethos for suppliers is that we will source locally wherever we can. During the harvest period if anyone has excess of crops from there garden, we will accept them with open arms, anything that we cannot use we will do something with and donate it to local causes and those fallen on harder times, nothing will go to waste. With this in mind I would like us to have as close to a ‘zero’ carbon footprint as possible.
We are not far from getting the pub open, but there is still a lot to do, so we will let you know when our New Inn Facebook and Twitter accounts have been set-up, so you can get regular updates.
I look forward to meeting you all and as ‘Captain of the Ship’ – I hope to take you on an exciting journey.
Steve (and Taylor)
Thank you so much to all you great painters, gardeners, wall demolishers and kitchen fitters who turned up this weekend!
We have another weekend of jobs for those who are available please. I will get baking again!
Julia Robbins would love some help in the garden over the weekend. She has wonderful plans for a children’s adventure garden which, after a digger on Friday, will be starting to take shape. There is also plenty of cutting back and weeding needed.
The flat is progressing well but could really do with a big push to get it painted out. Most of the preparation work is done now. Our new manager is hoping to move in early March so he can start getting everything organised.
So if you can help at all over the weekend, even an hour would be helpful, someone will be on site from 10am Saturday. If you have some time during the week please contact me and I can organise access for you.
We have now completed our first and second round interviews for the Pub Manager, which we held at the end of January/beginning of February. We had industry support at both interview stages, firstly with Greg Mangham, Consultant and Chair of The British Institute of Innkeeping (London), along with Ashley Bent owner of The Bell in Tanworth-in-Arden.
We have now successfully identified a suitable candidate with many years’ experience within the industry and who has a real enthusiasm to be part of our community. We are now finalising all the necessary paperwork and once this has been completed, we will provide you all with more information about our new Pub Manager and his vision alongside the Committee for The New Inn – a really exciting step forward for The New Inn!
We had a great turn out of volunteers last weekend to strip out the pub. The design of the bar and trading area have now been presented to the Committee and the work required has now been costed.
The essential work/repair on both the roof and cellar ceiling will commence shortly.
The refurbishment of the flat is also underway and we are hoping to complete this next week with the help of the fantastic volunteers. So don’t forget we still need volunteers this Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 3pm!
Thanks to everyone who made it out in the cold last weekend and thank you to the essential hardworking team of volunteers…you know who you are!!!
Thank you to everyone who applied for the Management Committee Assistant role.
We are thrilled to announce that Jenny Bendall has been appointed as our Management Committee Assistant. With her experience working alongside the Parish Council and many years’ experience with administrative roles, she provides all of the expertise to itemise all meeting minutes and keep the Committee working in a structured way.