Village News

UPDATE REGARDING THE PUB, 5 Oct 18

In the last week we have received the monies from Power to Change (£50,000 loan from Key Fund and £50,000 grant from More Than a Pub).  This means that we are now able to appoint a builder and get start dates for some of the renovation. Although a huge amount of money this does not allow us to do the full refurbishment and we continue to look for other funding sources and we are getting help with this from SKDC.  However, LEADER funding has now closed.
Anyone who has not already bought shares can still do so as we have extended the share offer until at least 30 November and will continue to extend until we have enough money to get the hub open.
We have also been having further thoughts about our meeting on 28th October.  We anticipate that the key business items, for which only members of the CBS are entitled to attend, will take no more than 15 minutes to complete.  Consequently we will open the meeting at 3:15 to all. We will have tea/coffee and biscuits (funds towards the pub) and then have presentations on progress since 27th July when we purchased the building.
Regards,
Sandra

UPDATE RE THE THOROLD ARMS, 11 Sep 18

Due to the holiday season we are making slow progress with our plans for the refurbishment of the pub. In the interim we have had accounts for 2017-2018 finalised by the company's appointed accountants, David Cadwallader & Co Limited, who have extensive experience with Community Benefit Societies and we have submitted our corporation tax return.
We hope to have the power and water back on in the building in next few weeks and will then arrange more volunteering days.
We are also looking at other grant awarding bodies and hopefully will be submitting further applications soon.
We had originally hoped to hold the Annual Members Meeting (AMM) at the end of September but due to absence of many of the members of the Management Committee this has now been moved to 28th October 2018 at 3pm in Hougham and Marston Village Hall. The formal announcement is posted on the pub and at the Registered Office.
The AMM is the opportunity for members to participate in the governance of our society and hold the board to account. We will also be voting for those standing for election to the Management Committee and reviewing the company's accounts for 2107-2108. These documents are available on the website along with the Society Registration and Rules (https://save.thethoroldarms.co.uk/documents/). The latter is an important document that sets out the way in which the Society is owned, organised and governed.
The meeting is only open to members of The Thorold Arms Community Benefit Society Limited.  It is not too late to purchase shares, become  a member and have your say on how the pub will operate.  The share offer documentation is available to download from the website (TheThoroldArms.co.uk) and printed brochures and application forms can be provided by any member of the Management Committee [email: MarstonThoroldArms@yahoo.co.uk] or contact Sandra Allen on 01400 251314.

REPORT FROM THE PUB GARDEN CLEAR-UP, 11 Aug 18

We had a brilliant day on Saturday and about 2 dozen people turned up with equipment and have transformed the garden at the pub. I don't want to try and name everyone in case I miss someone but a huge thank you to all who gave their time. They have transformed the outside space and you can actually see the pub on all sides.  Special thanks go Colin Weightman for bringing his trailer and taking everything to the Joyce's bonfire, Richard Pearson with his tractor and pulling out roots, Stephen Pullinger with his ride-on mower.
Many thanks also to Nigel Harris and Jo-Anne Wilson who made home-made scones and brought them with hot coffee and jam to fortify the workers.
Attached are some photos for those who haven't actually see the transformation.
Sandra Allen

REPORT FROM THE HOG ROAST, 21 Jul 18

Last night's Hog Roast at the Village Hall was enjoyed by around 150 people. The weather was, of course, perfect.  We were treated to a tasty hog roast and enjoyed local beer, wines, Pimms, home made ice cream and some delicious desserts. Lots of people won raffle prizes and in total £2,740.41 was raised for the Save The Thorold Arms campaign.
Thanks to all who came and made it the success it was.
Anthea, Jane, Pam and Sybil

NEW PARK BENCH IN KERR'S CRESCENT

The Parish Council has purchased a new park bench for Kerr's Crescent which is made from recycled plastic.  The old one had been installed on the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977 and was in a poor state of repair.