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Month: November 2017

Help Wanted!

Help Wanted!

Colin and Amanda are making good progress with the Black Horse and we will have an update to share with everyone at our pup-up pub on the 24th November (this Friday) with a more detailed progress report.

They are now turning their attention to clearing and improving the land around the building and would like to ask if any members of the community would be able to come and volunteer to help clearing the pond and drainage ditch areas around the Black Horse on Sunday the 26th November (this Sunday!) any time between 10am and 3pm – just drop by the Black Horse when you can make it and for as long as you can help. Some of the Black Horse Steering Committee will be there to lend a hand and we hope others might like to come along to help and burn a few calories for a good cause!

Colin says: “The areas to be cleared have nettles and brambles and there appears to be all sorts of rubbish around the pond, so strong gloves and protective clothing would be advisable. If people could bring secateurs and loppers that would be great, and if anyone has a petrol strimmer it would be helpful perhaps to clear that part of the meadow. We cannot see very easily what is in the ditch as it is so overgrown but there are definitely more brambles, so this is going to be a big task (and a big ask!) We will provide refreshments throughout the day (and lots of hot drinks!) and would be grateful for anyone’s help, even if it is only half an hour.

Note that the weather currently looks cold and dry for Sunday but if it turns bad the event will be cancelled and re-scheduled, hopefully that won’t be the case and we look forward to seeing some of you on Sunday!

POP-UP FRIDAY 24TH NOVEMBER

POP-UP FRIDAY 24TH NOVEMBER

It’s time to bring you news of our next pop-up pub event on:

FRIDAY THE 24TH NOVEMBER, DRY DRAYTON VILLAGE HALL, BAR 6PM-11PM, CURRY & RICE SERVED 6PM-8PM.

The format will be largely the same as before with Lord Conrad’s brewery providing the bar and volunteers from the Black Horse Steering Group and the wider Dry Drayton community providing the food and running the event. We will be serving curry and rice with naan and condiments, medium, mild and vegetarian. Standard plates £5 and small plates £3. At 8pm we will as usual say a few words – we are hoping to have some news on how the pub renovations are coming along, and also will update everyone on future pop-up events and take any questions and suggestions people may have.

Drinks for the event will be: Golden Gate lager 4%, Lobster Licker 4.2%, Spiffing Wheeze 3.9%, Cider will be mixed bottles 6% to 6.7%, wine (shiraz and pinot), soft drinks (J20, Pepsi).

We would like to thank everyone who attended our Halloween pop-up on the 28th October. It was a great event and again we had a record crowd and sold out of food even though we’d prepared over 100 portions this time around! The Village Hall was completely full and everyone seemed to be enjoying the food and the company, as well as the fantastic Halloween decorations!

At 8pm Colin O’Neill got up on stage and introduced Amanda and himself, as well as giving the audience plenty of detail on how the pub renovations are progressing (slowly but surely) and what is planned (revamped decor, an evening pub, cafe during the day, home cooked food at reasonable prices and good news – new toilets!). Everyone seemed impressed, and we think Colin and Amanda are going to be fantastic new members of our community.

We have had a few questions about where the profits from the pop-up events are going. We have made a small profit at the last two events and we are using these profits to help offset the costs incurred in our save the pub campaign to date. Once our campaign ends (once the pub re-opens) if there are any profits left over Dry Drayton Community Enterprises will look to use them to benefit the community in some way.

And finally, Lord Conrad’s Brewery are working on organising one final pop-up pub for 2017 (provisionally the 29th December) which we will bring you more news of in due course. Depending on how the pub renovations progress and hence when the pub is likely to reopen we may consider running more pop-up events in the new year – so watch this space and see you on the 24th!