Tuesday’s Save The White Lion Meeting Also On Zoom

David Leader, Chairman of the newly formed Broadwindsor Community Pub Limited (BCP Ltd.) and of the Steering Group of the Save The White Lion campaign is inviting one and all to their Public Meeting on Tuesday evening.

The meeting will take place at 7pm in the Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor but anyone unable to attend may observe and/or participate as the meeting will also be shared LIVE using the Zoom platform.

Zoom is Free! – Sign Up and get it HERE.

  • Once downloaded, open Zoom on your device.
  • Select ‘Join a Meeting‘ (Top, right)
  • Enter Meeting ID: 875 8965 0598
  • Enter Password: 545860

They will present their vision of the future, the plan they have drawn together and how you may help.

This is an important meeting to determine the future of our village pub!

Please! Attend in person or online. Thank you 🙂

Please click on the links below to read how the campaign has progressed:
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Save The White Lion NEWS UPDATE #6

The White Lion Steering Group met by video call on Monday 3rd January to discuss preparations for the public meeting at Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor, on Tuesday 11th January at 7pm.

This is the meeting at which members of the public will be asked to support the fundraising campaign to raise the £30,000 needed for the village to take over the White Lion as a tenant and operate it as a community pub.

The deal negotiated with Palmers Brewery represents the best chance the village has for the pub to be refurbished and reopened in spring 2022. The Steering Group believe that community management is the only way the pub can survive. A village pub at the heart of the community benefits everyone, not just pub goers. It helps to keep the community together, provides a social hub and impacts on property prices.

The Steering Group comprises:

  • David Leader (Chair)
  • Elaine Leader
  • Susanna Newall
  • Chris Newall
  • Sandra Burrows
  • Charles Ouin
  • Luke Pickering
  • Andrew Hookings
  • Margery Hookings
  • Fraser Hughes
  • Chris Edgerley
  • Rick Dyke.

The following is a summary of the meeting on 3rd January, excluding commercially sensitive or personal information:

  • A flyer will be delivered to Broadwindsor households, with supporting information on the websites: SaveTheWhiteLion.org, Broadwindsor.org and Broadwindsor Group Parish Council at broadwindsorgroup.gov.uk
  • The steering group will deliver meeting invitations to households by the end of this weekend (8th-9th January). This will be followed up by personal visits to households to those not at the meeting on 11th January.
  • Supporting information will comprise a summary of the project and its history, the steering group vision and the benefits to the community, securing the White Lion’s future and Business Plan forecast, a membership form, legal structure and explanation of funding sources – which could include Crowdfunding if match funding is available.
  • It is hoped a video link can be set up and publicised for those who can’t get to the meeting in person or if Covid regulations prevent large numbers attending.
  • It was agreed that membership of Broadwindsor Community Pub, which gives members a right to the attend the AGM and vote and to ask questions of the management team, will be £5. This is the same as Broadwindsor Community Stores. However, the community needs to raise a minimum of £30,000 through donations to enable the steering group to sign the tenancy with Palmers.
  • The fundraising campaign will take place over a four-week period from Jan 11th – Feb 8th 2022. The Steering group will sign the tenancy with Palmers Brewery on 17th February only if the necessary target has been reached. Then refurbishment can take place and a manager appointed. Discussions about potential manager are ongoing.
  • Local businesses are being approached to support the community pub project. The Comrades Arms has already raised £3,000 for the project. A banner will be put up on the hedge at Bernards’ Place to highlight the fundraising campaign, alongside a Yard of Ale ‘thermometer’ so everyone can see how much we still need to raise.
  • Hard copies of the Business Plan will be available at The Comrades Arms / shop / post office and be available online. A limited number will be available for inspection at the public meeting on 11th January.

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Save The White Lion NEWS Update #5

From David Leader, White Lion Steering Group Chairman:

We are very pleased to say that the Broadwindsor Community Pub is now a legal business. The articles of the business make it clear that this is a community pub run for the benefit of the community and is a not-for-profit organisation.

No business can start without funds and we need to raise about £30,000 quickly to carry out essential refurbishment, buy equipment mainly for the kitchen, purchase stock and pay the wages of employees.

Opening the White Lion is going to be a challenge for us all but we believe that we can make it happen. Those wonderful evenings where the community comes together in convivial surroundings with conversation and laughter can happen again.

There will be a public meeting on Tuesday 11 January at 7pm where we can explain our plans, answer questions and listen to suggestions.

We hope to hold this meeting at the Comrades Hall but if this is not allowed because of the Covid situation we will try to hold it on Zoom. We hope that as many people as possible will attend. Please look out for updated information.

The Steering Group would like to thank all those who have shown such an enthusiastic interest in saving the White Lion.

– David Leader, White Lion Steering Group Chairman

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Save Our Pub Gig Postponed & New Rules At Comrades Hall

The Steering Group had organised a FUNdraising gig for The White Lion, Broadwindsor on Saturday, 15th January, 2022

Below is the content of an email sent out to all hirers of the Comrades Hall. Consequentially, the event has been postponed.

QUOTE:

This is a general email to all hirers to give you information regarding the latest changes in Covid regulations as announced by the government on Wednesday, and how it may affect your use of Comrades Hall.
At the present time, Comrades Hall remains open for use.

From FRIDAY 10th DECEMBER:

Comrades Hall is considered an ‘indoor public space’ and therefore mask wearing should be mandatory inside the premises. This applies to any users of Comrades Hall over the age of 11, except for those who are exempt, or where a separate risk assessment/ group association policy is in place for youth organisations.

However, where hirers and their users are sitting down to eat or drink, or carrying out exercise, then masks do not need to be worn. In these circumstances, participants should put their masks back on once they are able to do so, and when moving around within the premises. Please ensure you as the hirer explain this to your participants should your use of the hall include this option.
More information can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54373904

Due to the small capacity of Comrades Hall events, currently no covid vaccine passport would need to be shown for any event or hire, but it would be good practice to ask your participants to take an LFT before attending an event at the hall.

All other information remains as per my previous email and according to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

UNQUOTE

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Save The White Lion NEWS Update #4

A summary of the latest minutes from the Steering Group’s meeting on 30th November, provided by Margery Hookings:

Work is going on behind the scenes to re-open the White Lion in Broadwindsor as a community pub. The community needs to raise at least £30,000 to make it happen.

The Steering Group comprises:

  • David Leader (Chair)
  • Elaine Leader
  • Susanna Newall
  • Chris Newall
  • Sandra Burrows
  • Charles Ouin
  • Luke Pickering
  • Andrew Hookings
  • Margery Hookings
  • Fraser Hughes
  • Chris Edgerley
  • Rick Dyke.

 The following is a summary of the latest meeting, excluding commercially sensitive or personal information.

Save the White Lion, summary of meeting 30/11/21

Company structure:
Work ongoing. A set of articles has been drafted for a new company limited by guarantee with Community Interest objects. If acceptable this entity will shortly be registered at Companies House.
Business plan and application for membership almost ready for publication for circulation to donors. 

Bank account:
Once the new company is established, a bank account can be set up.

Timescale:
The earliest for us to be ready to go to the public would be the first week of January.
Looking at four weeks for refurb so maybe opening in March.

Call for action:
Public meeting, possibly mid-January, followed by door-to-door around the village, coupled with social media campaign. Unanimously agreed that company membership to cost £30. Like a supporter’s club, people can donate any amount to the appeal (less or more than membership costs). By buying membership, members can attend an annual meeting.

Grant funding streams in addition to public donation:
Ongoing research and submission at any time.

Staff:
Ongoing discussions with applicants.

John Heys:
John is standing down from the steering group because of other commitments. He was thanked for his hard work. He still wants to be involved in practical side of refurb.
Chris E will help with in overseeing quotes etc.

Next meeting:
Date to be confirmed.

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Buy Local Christmas Cards And Save The White Lion

The picture being used is adapted from an original painting by Hursey resident, John Iveson.

Cards are available in sets of 5 in compostable wraps at Broadwindsor Community Stores now, priced at £2.50.

All profits to the Save the White Lion fund.

Why not use Scout Post too? More HERE.

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Comrades Arms Closed This Weekend

A message from landlord of the Comrades Arms, Andrew Hookings:

Sadly due to a long standing booking the bar will be closed on Friday and Saturday nights, but will reopen and return to normal service on Sunday 28th November between 12 noon and 3pm and then Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm until further notice.

Details shortly of Christmas and New Year opening times.”

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Save The White Lion NEWS Update #3

A summary of the latest minutes from the Steering Group’s meeting on 18th November, provided by Margery Hookings:

Work is going on behind the scenes to re-open the White Lion in Broadwindsor as a community pub. The community needs to raise at least £30,000 to make it happen.

The Steering Group comprises:

  • David Leader (Chair)
  • Elaine Leader
  • Susanna Newall
  • Chris Newall
  • Sandra Burrows
  • Charles Ouin
  • Luke Pickering
  • Andrew Hookings
  • Margery Hookings
  • John Heys
  • Fraser Hughes
  • Chris Edgerley
  • Rick Dyke.

 The following is a summary of the latest meeting, excluding commercially sensitive or personal information.

Save the White Lion, summary of meeting 18/11/21

Community Benefit Society application – because of changed criteria, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) turned down our application.  It is not worth us appealing due to time, money and the FCA is unlikely to back down so we now need a new legal structure.  This is likely to be a Community Interest Company. Investigations and communication continue. [This means the community pub is not likely to open until early 2022.]

Applicants – we are in contact with two sets of people who have applied to run the pub.

Business plan – This continues to be updated. Cash flow in the first year will depend on the starting date.

Grants and fundraising:

  • It was hoped to hold two fundraising events before Christmas but these have been put on hold because of high covid rates locally. Local musicians are planning to stage a gig on Saturday 15 January 2022 at Comrades Hall in aid of the Save the White Lion fund, for which the committee is very grateful. Committee members will be on hand to run the bar and man the door.
  • There has been a gradual decline in numbers at Comrades Arms, possibly because of covid, but the pop-up bar continues to raise money for the community pub campaign. [£1,750 so far.]
  • Grant-making bodies need to know our legal structure before we can proceed with grant applications.
  • We will need a public meeting to seek funding from the community. A certain amount of detail about the plans will be within the prospectus, along with display boards. The date of this meeting and the way forward hinges on the outcome of discussions about the legal structure of the community business.
  • A Christmas card featuring an adaptation of John Iveson’s painting of the White Lion will be available for sale in packs of five for £2.50. These will be on sale at the shop. An initial print run of 500 was agreed.

Refurbishment:

There has been a constructive meeting with Palmers. Builders have been working recently on behalf of the brewery at the back of the pub.

Banner – Chris E has made enquiries re a large banner which will be purchased and placed in a prominent position once we go back to the community at a public meeting.

Tree lights in the Square – Palmers have agreed to a Christmas tree above the pub door.

Next meeting – the next meeting will be held once we have an update on the new legal structure to take the project forward.

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Save the White Lion NEWS Update #2

A summary of the latest minutes from the Steering Group’s meeting on 18th October, provided by Margery Hookings:

Work is going on behind the scenes to re-open the White Lion at Broadwindsor as a Community Pub. The community needs to raise at least £30,000 to make it happen.

The Steering Group comprises:

  • David Leader (Chair)
  • Elaine Leader
  • Susanna Newall
  • Chris Newall
  • Sandra Burrows
  • Charles Ouin
  • Luke Pickering
  • Andrew Hookings
  • Margery Hookings
  • John Heys
  • Fraser Hughes
  • Chris Edgerley
  • Rick Dyke.

 The following is a summary of the latest meeting, excluding commercially sensitive or personal information.
Save the White Lion, summary of meeting 18/10/21

Community Benefit Society application –

Slight delay while the Plunkett Foundation, which is advising us, talks to the Financial Conduct Authority about the legality of the set-up before we can go to the community with a share offer. We should know within three weeks.

Grants and fundraising –

Broadwindsor Group Parish Council has agreed a grant of £5,400 which represents three years’ grant all in one go. A great deal of work has been carried out to identify suitable grant-making bodies. It is difficult to pursue these while we await confirmation of the legal set-up of the organisation running the pub. Comrades Arms had made a profit of £700 in the first two weeks. People within the local community are working on fundraising events in the village.

Manager –

There have been several expressions of interest so far. Discussions and advertising ongoing.

Business plan –

An abridged version has been amended to include skill sets and this will be used in grant applications. A three-year cash flow will be put into the plan. Firm costings for the refurb will need to be included in the plan.

Refurbishment –

A great deal of time and research has been put into structural work and furnishing needed before the pub can reopen. This has to be costed to put into the business plan. Volunteers have offered help with structural work. The Steering Group was unanimous on the proposed physical layout of the pub and furnishings as per the plan drafted in conjunction with the brewery. More details will be unveiled when the community is approached to buy shares.

The next meeting is due to be held on 1 November.

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The White Lion Makes The Bridport News

Bradley White, reporter for the Bridport & Lyme Regis News spoke with Steering Group Chair, David Leader and published the following:

VILLAGERS are hoping to raise their glasses this Christmas as they strive to launch their community pub.

The White Lion in Broadwindsor is set to reopen with the village’s residents at the helm.

The Palmers pub closed in the summer and since then there have been negotiations with regard to the community taking it over.

A steering group was put together consisting of a number of villagers with expertise in running pubs and community venues, along with a solicitor and some parish councillors.

The group has been in talks with Palmers in recent months after a survey revealed 95 per cent of respondents were in favour of the White Lion being run as a community pub.

There is currently a ‘principle agreement’ in place between the steering group and Palmers, with a contract expected in the near future.

Parish councillor David Leader is leading the project.

He said: “It’s exciting and it is going very well. A lot of people are investing a lot of time and effort in trying to make this happen and there’s a lot to be encouraged by.

“Things have moved on positively in terms of discussions – we’re not there yet but we have draft legal agreements which are being worked on.

“Whilst there is not currently a contract there are principle agreements in place with Palmers but there are several things which need to be ironed out.

“In an ideal world we would like to be open for Christmas. There are a number of factors which could delay that date but that is what we are aiming for.”

The next part of the plan will be to raise the funds needed to cover liabilities, refurbishment and the initial purchase of stock. The steering group estimates around £30,000 will need to be raised.

One of the ways the group hopes to achieve this is through a community share issue, in which members of the community can buy into the project in exchange for voting rights.

In order to go through with this, the pub needs to be incorporated as a not-for-profit business, which the group are hoping to go through this month. At this point the group will be out and about in the village to drum up support.

In the meantime, members of the steering group have started up ‘the Comrades’ Arms’, a makeshift pub run out of the Broadwindsor Village Hall.

Mr Leader said: “The Comrades’ Arms has been opened as a temporary measure so that there is an open pub in the village. It is also a way which we can raise funds and a smaller project for the steering group to prepare them for the running of the pub.

Mr Leader added that there are a number of fundraising activities being planned for the coming weeks.

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