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 have just completed building work on the pub to create an improved kitchen space, a new corridor and a disabled access and toilet. The committee hopes that these facilities will help the tenants be even more successful in their ventures. COVID 19 has meant that these additions have not yet been fully appreciated but are pleased with the positive feedback received from those who have managed to get to the pub.
The “newspaper shed” has taken on a life of its own during lockdown for all sorts of innovative things including the very generous, constant supply of Linda’s handmade face masks, socially distanced pick- ups and drop- offs, a book and film swap area and an active notice board. In short, the shed is very full! The committee will add this to the list of things to potentially improve should funds allow.
Additionally, we also want to fix the mad situation with the central heating where the heating for the whole building (upstairs and downstairs) is either on or off – neither an economical or environmentally friendly solution.
In order to fund these improvements soon, we keep looking for and applying for grants when we can. While we wait to do this, we all hope that you continue to enjoy the facilities the pub offers.
ROCP Ltd Committee