Report by Rob Brook on the Norton Lindsey Community Pub Limited’s first year of trading – from the Annual Members Meeting held at the New Inn Pub on the Sunday 20th May 2018
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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!
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!!!