At last the community gets the keys to the pub! Take a look around – keep in touch if you can help, still lots to do.
Do you want to volunteer for the White House BIG CLEAR UP on Saturday and Sunday 25/26th July?
Some of the things we would like to do first are listed below:
- Sand and paint outdoor furniture. Ideally by taking it home, sanding down and painting (paint supplied)
- Clear garden (weeding, sweeping, some heavy lifting)
- Pressure washing paving
There will be a small amount of heavy lifting, but mostly it will involve a good clear up. We would ask that you bring your own equipment if you can (gloves, brooms, trowels etc.).
We need to ensure that we adhere to social distancing and that we do not have too many people on site at any one time, so it is essential that we co-ordinate working groups.
The days will be split into three hour shifts:
- Saturday 25th July, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
- Saturday 25th July, 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.
- Sunday 26th July, 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.
- Sunday 26th July, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Please let us know your availability and slot preferences here: https://bladoncommunitypub.org/volunteers-weekly and we will be in touch with confirmation of when we need you. Please only attend if you receive email confirmation from us.
If you are not available this weekend, or have skills that would be better used on other aspects of the project such as hard landscaping, plumbing, plastering, building, making soft furnishings, please don’t worry about not being able to help this weekend. Due to social distancing we may not be able to have everyone who wants to help on site for this first job but there will be more opportunities to get involved in the coming weeks.
Here’s a quick update on what’s been happening for the last couple of weeks.
Our building, structural and architectural surveys are now back, just drainage to go. In addition to adding disabled toilets and landscaping the garden, there are some issues that the surveys have thrown up for which we need to get building quotes.
Call for Volunteers
As we move into the next phase of the project, we want everyone to get involved. We’ve outlined some areas that we’ll need help with over the summer to get the White House ready to reopen. Please complete this quick survey so that we can set up working groups that adhere to social distancing.
We have been asked whether it is still possible to buy shares in the White House and the answer is YES!
We’ve restarted our share offer and you can now buy shares up until 31st July 2020. All funds raised will be used to improve the fabric of the building and bring community services to life.
There’s also a Crowdfunder donate option.
Be part of something amazing and own a part of history by becoming a White House shareholder.
We are delighted to confirm that our offer to purchase the White House has now been approved by Greene King’s board.
What happens next?
We have prepared a job description and advert to attract a suitable tenant that shares the community’s values and vision for the pub. We have also identified suitable advertising channels.
In addition, we have received quotes from several building surveyors who will complete a full survey prior to purchase and are working with a local architect and structural engineer to see what might be feasible with regard to disabled access for the toilets, baby changing facilities and a secure garden.
We have also investigated suitable grants, application criteria and deadlines. We believe there are two grants that could assist with paying for part of the planned upgrades. These grants could offer 25% and 40% of total costs if we are successful, there is of course a lengthy application process and no guarantee we will be successful.
Once we are able to gain access to the pub, we plan to move swiftly on upgrading the current facilities and making sure that we can open as soon as is feasibly possible.
We cannot wait to raise a glass with you to celebrate Bladon’s community pub!
Thank you so much to all that have invested and supported the Bladon Community Pub bid.
Our offer to purchase of the White House is currently with Greene King’s board. We will let you know as soon as we have more news.
Are you self isolating? Do you need some help? You are not alone. A local network has been set up for us to help each other in these worrying times.
All households in Bladon and Woodstock should have received a leaflet through their letterbox. The leaflet gives contact details of local volunteers who will help those in self isolation or who just need help. Volunteers can collect groceries, pick up prescriptions, give you a friendly phone call or put you in touch with a qualified therapist to talk through your worries. There’s no cost for help.
We are all here for each other, please do get in contact if you need help or wish to volunteer: email@example.com
For those outside of Bladon and Woodstock, many community groups have been set up and we will do our best to signpost you to help.
We’ve submitted the Bladon Community Benefit Society bid to Greene King’s agents. All we can do now is cross our fingers and wait to hear.
Community spirit is alive and well in Bladon. We are so proud and humbled to be part of such a great community who has really pulled together to try and save the White House pub. Thank you to our 440 shareholders and all our supporters!
We’ll keep you posted with any news.
Stay safe and healthy.Bladon Community Benefit Society
We now have 437 Bladon Community Pub shareholders and over the last week we had an additional £9,000 in share purchases! We’ve been overwhelmed by the effort of volunteers who have made it possible to leaflet all households in Bladon, Begbroke, Cassington, Church Hanborough, Coombe, Freeland, Long Hanborough and Woodstock.
Greene King’s best and final bid date is looming. Please ensure you make any additional share purchases before 20th March.
With the uncertainities of the Coronavirus spread, community spirit is so important and we need to look after each other. We will also need a place where we can get together as a community once we are able to.
There are many villagers that are in the age risk group that might need to self-isolate due to Covid-19 and we need to be able to support them at this time. In Bladon, Woodstock and Wooton we are working to co-ordinate volunteers and patches to ensure that all those isolated have access to help. Please get in touch if you want to volunteer or would like some help: firstname.lastname@example.org
A new service is being set up – The Help Hub. We have adapted the fantastic help form that has been doing the rounds on social media. Please do feel free to use it.
As well as practical help, a group of qualified therapists have come together to offer people in isolation a free 20 minute session via Skype, FaceTime or telephone. The Help Hub website and booking system should be live this weekend: https://www.thehelphub.co.uk
Stay safe and healthy.
Best wishes,Bladon Community Benefit Society