The decision to put The Swan into an auction at short notice stopped any chance of the Save Our Swan group from making an offer. All community projects such as this, require a charitable organisation such as ours, to operate under strict rules, and the gathering of money from those who made pledges cannot be done in such a short time frame.
So the pub has been sold and it is hoped that the new owner will re-open it in due course, after carrying out the necessary refurbishment works. We are ready to assist in any way to help make this happen.
If however, there is a different agenda, we will be monitoring what evolves and making any representation necessary to ensure that The Swan remains a pub for the benefit of the village.
The SOS Committee will remain in place with Peter Allen as Chair. Please direct any questions to Peter Allen 01728 627730 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Firstly, as a Committee, we must pay our respects to Chris Goddard who died suddenly last month. Chris was an ardent supporter of the cause and worked tirelessly behind the scenes on the business, corporate and accounting side of things. He will be greatly missed.
Secondly, the last public meeting was well attended and encouraging. A full representation of the meeting is available to view on the website www.worlingworthswan.co.uk We reported that the initial offer for the pub was rejected and shortly after that the market price had been reduced. A further offer has been submitted. It was reported that the piece of land that was always used as the pub garden has had the planning application for two houses rejected. The committee has been approached by the developer who has offered that in exchange for building two houses on the site they will give the community the rest of the land for use with the pub, approximately 50% of the land. We are now asking the community for further pledges, help with fund-raising events, crowd funding etc. In order for this project to succeed we really need more support. Finally, the committee now needs an additional member with bookkeeping and/or accountancy skills to carry on Chris' role. Please contact Peter 627730 or Jan 627735 or any other member of the committee if you can fill this role.
HERE IS YOUR REGULAR NEWSLETTER
LOVE YOUR SWAN PUB?
Please click here for a pdf of the Swan Inn Pub Friends Newsletter from 20th October 2016.
Swan Inn Pub Friends Club Newsletter
Welcome to the first edition of the Swan Inn Pub Friends Club newsletter, further editions will be published as downloadable pdf files by clicking on the links above.
Your committee will keep you up-to-date and as often as possible with all significant events along the road to returning the The Swan back to full usage.
Firstly, we are close to the conclusion of forming the Community Benefit Society, which is currently passing through Companies House. The CBS will be named "The Swan Worlingworth Community Pub Limited". This is a necessary umbrella organisation to better negotiate with the pub freeholder and begin the process of preparing a prospectus for fund raising and other associated decisions.
Additionally, we are in the process of contacting web designers to produce a "Swan" information website to better communicate with the village and surrounding area at large. This will supplement the "Friends" newsletter. Hopefully, we will find some generous soul to help us in this task!
As to the status of the pub at the moment, all that we can say is the freeholder of the Swan is still in the process of going to court to regain possession. Therefore, we are still in a holding pattern until vacant possession is confirmed. There is no certain indication of the timescale however. When we have some firm news on this then we will arrange another public meeting.
Lastly, I wish to emphasise that we are looking to add to our committee of hard working volunteers who are happy to contribute I.T. (such as web design), architectural design, law or any sort of pub business planning. We would really love to hear from you if you can give your time to the cause!
Please contact Adrian Smith email@example.com or by phone 01728 628177 or mobile 0782 6217840