Village News

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

UPDATE ON THE THOROLD ARMS, 9 Aug 18

As you know, we now own the pub but we still need your help to enable us to complete the renovation.  We estimate that to complete the refurbishment according to the plans in the Share Offer document and Business Plan we need to raise £410,000.  So far we have raised £218,498 in shares and donations and have been awarded a grant and loan of £100,000 from the Plunkett Foundation’s “More Than a Pub” initiative that will enable us to do some renovation.
Although we are still pursuing other sources of funding (e.g. the Community Shares Booster Programme (https://communitysharesbooster.org.uk) we currently still need £91,502tobe able to complete the renovation of the pub, shop, cafe and B&B and to open a new Community Hub in the heart of our villages.
If you have not yet invested please consider doing so as soon as possible. If you have already invested - A HUGE THANK YOU! - and please keep spreading the word and encourage others to invest or donate.
We are making progress with our plans and this week a Building Engineer checked out the property to confirm that our plans are achievable and today a builder has been in to talk through our plans so that formal quotes can be prepared.
Some volunteers have started to clear the garden and it already looks much better. On Saturday 11th August we have other volunteers to try and finish the external tidy up starting a 10am. On the same day we are also offering the opportunity for small groups to have a look at the inside of the pub. Due to uneven surfaces this can't be open house and will need to be "guided tours" only and these will be from 10am until around 1pm. No need to book but you may have to wait outside until we have people available for a tour.
In the next few weeks we will also be looking for volunteers to help with some initial work on the inside of the building - stripping wallpaper and removing items that we will need to replace. Please contact me if you are able to help as we will try and organise small working parties to work through what is needed in an structured fashion.
It is all very exciting and beginning to feel very real.
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.
For anyone who would rather make a donation than invest in shares there is a donate button on the website which allows donations via PayPal. Alternatively donations can be dropped at the registered office: Orchard End, Main Street, Marston.
I look forward to meeting some of you on Saturday,
Sandra

COFFEE AND CAKE IN CHURCH

Coffee and Cake will be provided in Marston Church on Saturdays, 18 August and 15 September at 10.30 to 12 noon.  All welcome.

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.

REPORT FROM CHURCH FETE, 10 Jun 18

The Marston Village Fete was a huge success this year. It was lovely to see so many people enjoying afternoon tea and socialising. The wonderful weather was a huge bonus.  Thank you to everyone who helped, donated items, and supported us on the day. £1,385 has been raised for Marston Church.

The winners of the games were –
Skittles - (Adult) Karl Ballaam, (Older Child) Matt Ross and (Younger child) Wilfie Rideout.
Golf Bagatelle – (Adult) John Taylor and (Child) Matt Ross
Champagne Bottle – Jenny Rand

Once again, thank you to everyone who helped make the fete so successful.
Caroline Brown

PLAY AREA MAINTENANCE

Work commenced over the weekend, 2-3 June, to clear the weeds from the Village Hall play area.  Much was achieved but another session is required.  Those taking part were:  Karl and Faith Ballaam, Peter and Valerie Bowes, Bob and Berni Chalklin, John Crozier, Richard Pearson, Andy Watson and Colin Weightman.

UPDATE RE AUTUMN SOCIAL IN THE VILLAGE HALL

The Autumn Social in the Village Hall, incorporating the Pumpkin Club Annual Show, will be held on Saturday, 13 October 2018.