The Royal Oak Rushton

The Village Community's Pub * ROCPL


This is the official web presence for ROCPL. ROCPL owns the building and premises of the pub as a community asset. The business that takes place within the pub premises and the proceeds of that business belongs to ROCPL’s Tenants, Paul & Julie, not ROCPL. The purpose of this website is to keep the Society’s members (its shareholders) appraised of developments, plans for the building and any future shareholder offers. The ‘’ website is for the pub and business that the Paul and Julie operate from the pub’s premises. If you want to see what Paul and Julie are offering as hosts at the Royal Oak then please check out their website by clicking here.

This ROCPL web presence is a work in progress. It will be kept relatively modest in scope so that we can work out over time the features that will be of most value and use to the community and ROCPL’s members. Please check out this link to our documents from time to time – you can also navigate there from the drop-down menus above. This will take you to where you will find minutes of AGMs and other important documents as they are posted.

If you have any suggestions regarding content for either the ROCPL web presence or the parts of the overall Village site, please send them to:


ROCPL is a Community Benefit Society (BenComs). For more information on BenComs click here.

The Society’s business model allows it to offer an exceptional opportunity for the ‘Oak’ to be run as a Free House.

Unfettered by the usual high costs associated with taking a brewery group tenancy, this provides a tremendous environment in which to build and maintain a thriving business for the tenants and this in turn secures this important community asset for the village.

The Managing Committee

ROCPL managing committee is a team of individuals that have been elected from the Society’s membership. These individuals are all unpaid volunteers and they each have specific roles covering the tasks and activities necessary to ensure that the Society manages the premises as an Owner/Landlord correctly and that the Society is run in accordance with its governing constitution.

Shareholder Update From The Secretary
Resolution re Interest Payments

Votes for the resolution ‘The Society shall pay interest to shareholders for the year 2018/19 at 2% have been counted and the result is as follows:

80 Votes saying No to the resolution – they want the interest reinvesting in the pub.
6 Votes saying Yes – they want the interest to be paid

70 shareholders did not reply and were deemed to have abstained from the vote.

So, the motion was not carried and interest on shares will not be paid this year>

Liz Austin

Recent News

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.