The building when we bought it on 30th March 2015 had suffered from under investment for years so we have spent time and money slowly fixing things. The windows at the front and side have all been replaced so has all the guttering and can now deal with storm water from the roof. No more waterfalls down the walls!
The septic tank has been serviced regularly with a few bits and pieces being replaced, the external lighting has been upgraded to LED and the new signs are in place.
We want to move forward now and make the pub even better able to work for the community. As some of you know the kitchen in the pub is tiny and we know that Chris the chef (and Paul and Julie the landlords) would really appreciate a little more space. The committee are also concerned that the pub should be available to all and so needs disabled access and toilets. We have already got plans passed to extend the kitchen and drawings to show how the disabled toilets and access would look.
Additionally, we also have the mad situation where the central heating is for the whole of the building and cannot be segregated – so if the flat needs heating then the pub is too. Neither a green nor sensible situation economically.
We have been looking at ways to fund these developments and have applied for a “Power to Change” grant allocated from the Lottery. This requires us to find 25% of the costs but will allocate the rest if we are found to meet the criteria. Fingers crossed that we are successful.
We will update here when we know.