The Black Horse Steering Group (BHSG) met again tonight after a very busy week in which we’ve:
- Written an article and been photographed for the Dry Drayton Newsletter
- Built a website and newsletter mailing list
- Created a social media profile (Twitter and Facebook) and started gaining followers!
- Put up posters and talked to people at the Cambridge Beer Festival (we may also have drunk some beer at this point…)
- Investigated how to get the pub professionally valued
- Talked to CAMRA about how they can help us
- Filled out the forms required to engage with the Plunkett Foundation so they will hopefully be able to provide us with invaluable advice on the detail of how to create our business entity, business plan and bid for the pub.
- Talked to other groups who are saving or have saved their pubs to understand how they are doing/have done it (thanks particularly to Mark from savethepeartree.co.uk)
- Other things I’ve probably forgotten…!
Importantly, we are at the point we have a good understanding of the steps required to be able to raise the funds required to save the Black Horse and put together a bid.
The BHSG agreed we would aim to hold at least 2 village meetings to explain what we are doing and how we are planning to save the pub. These meetings may also be pop up pubs (TBD – watch this space for more info!).
We also agreed to leaflet drop the village and put up posters to spread the word about the pub, and when the meetings are being held.
We were reminded that Lord Conrad’s Brewery are having a pop up pub over this bank holiday weekend and some of the BHSG will try and be there as much of the weekend as possible to explain what we’re doing to interested punters.