The Help Hub – Helping Our Neighbours.

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 receive a leaflet through their letterbox this weekend and early next week. The leaflet will give 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:

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.

Bladon Community Pub Bid Submitted

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

Community Matters Now More Than Ever!

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:

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:

Stay safe and healthy.

Best wishes,Bladon Community Benefit Society

Best and Final Offer 20th March 2020

Our offer to purchase the White House was not accepted by Greene King. The selling agents have said that there are other interested parties and we have received a request for “best and final” offers with a deadline of Friday 20th March 2020, this ties in with the end of the Asset of Community Value moratorium.

At this point, we will put in the best community offer that we can to secure the pub. Our current level of share purchases give us the potential to increase our offer somewhat but not significantly.

Any investments that come in now will serve to make our bid position stronger. With this in mind, our share offer remains open and we would urge you to invest if you can. Shares start at just £50 and every single share counts.

Thanks to a small army of volunteers, our friends and neighbours in Woodstock, Long Hanborough, Church Hanborough, Cassington and Freeland were leafleted at the weekend.

We still believe that a community purchase of the White House would be an amazing addition to the Bladon community and surrounding villages.

We are not ready to give up yet!

Next Steps for Bladon Community Pub

Thank you so much to all that have invested and supported the Bladon Community Pub bid.

The great news is that we have raised enough money to make a credible offer to Greene King. We’ll make an offer early next week and be back in touch when we have any news.

As there is sadly no guarantee that our offer will be accepted, we have decided to leave the share offer open. The share offer will now officially close on the 31st of March, or if we are unsuccessful in our bid to purchase the pub, whichever comes sooner.

If you wanted to invest but missed the deadline, please still buy shares as anything extra we raise will go towards improving our offer if we need to, improving the fabric of the building or helping us bring the community services to life.

Thank you all once again.

Sent With Love From Bladon Community Pub

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Don’t forget that today is the last day of Bladon Community Pub’s extended share offer. If you haven’t already, please buy your shares before 11 p.m. tonight.

Sent with love from,

Bladon Community Benefit Society

PS We will send everyone an update tomorrow once the share offer closes.

See Your Name on the Shareholder Wall

Wouldn’t it be great to have your name on the White House Wall of Shareholders?

You could buy shares for your child, family member or friend and when they visit, they could pop into the pub and see their name displayed on the wall.

Be part of Bladon Community Pub’s bigger community, buy shares from £50 before 14th February.

More Than a Pub

The White House has enormous potential and could be a social hub for the village offering a whole host of services.  We’ve listened to what you asked for and are committed to making it happen.

  • Daytime café
  • Essentials shop
  • Parking for school parents
  • Wellness clinic
  • Coffee morning for older people
  • Support group for people with dementia and their carers
  • Child-friendly community garden
  • Meeting point for village groups – walking / running / book club / knitting / bridge…
  • Disabled toilet access and baby changing

Share Offer Extended 
We’ve extended the share offer until 14th February. Please purchase shares or increase your investment using the share application form.

Share Offer Extended Until 14th February 2020

We are not that far away from the target. We still believe we can get there and so we are going to extend the share offer for a further two weeks to make this happen.

Thanks to all that have already purchased shares and if you haven’t yet or wish to increase your investment, there’s still time. Please buy your shares before 14th February. 

Help us by spreading the word among friends and colleagues; you don’t need to live in Bladon to invest.