It’s been a little while since we’ve posted any updates, but we’ve been very busy!
We’ve confirmed that we will have a ‘save the pub’ meeting on the 6th July at 8pm at the Dry Dayton school hall (next to the pub). Everyone is welcome including those from surrounding villages.
At the ‘save the pub’ meeting as we will be explaining exactly how we will save the pub and presenting our draft business plan and investors prospectus. Please come along and hear what we have to say, we can only save the pub with the help and support of the local community!
On polling day, the 8th of June, we had a stand outside Dry Drayton Village Hall to collect the paper surveys which we had posted through everyone’s door (in Dry Drayton) over the previous week. We were surprised at the almost universal positive response, enjoyed chatting to many locals and we do now know that there is an overwhelming desire from the community to save the pub, which is great news!
We have had a very good response to our survey; 193 responses to date with 70% of responses from Dry Drayton residents, 25% from Bar Hill and the rest from other surrounding villages. We’ve had lots of good feedback and suggestions, thank you! If you haven’t taken part in our survey yet we really would value your input, click HERE to complete the online version.
On Friday the 16th a sub-team of the steering group met to kick off formally writing the business plan for the pub – the plan is to have everything in draft form ready for the 6th July. The Survey feedback and Alan’s advice has been critical – thanks to Alan, and our local community!
We are now being officially supported by the Plunkett Foundation who provide support to communities who are looking to provide a community owned asset (pub, shop, etc.). On Wednesday the 14th we had a visit from Alan Collard, who is and advisor for the Plunkett Foundation. Alan is supporting our application for some seed funding and then (hopefully) for Government grant and loan money (of which there is up to £100,000 available). As well as this Alan is advising us on our legal entity and how to raise money from the local community by (for example) issuing community shares. There are many examples of communities (often smaller than Dry Drayton) having managed to raise enough funds to buy their pubs so we are very optimistic.