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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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.

BannerChris 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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