The White House has been at the heart of Bladon community since the 17th Century and is the last remaining pub and community facility in the village. It is also the pub where Winston Churchill “learnt to drink” during his time at Blenheim Palace. With a growing population of just under 1,000 residents and thousands of visiting tourists, Bladon needs this important and historic pub.
The pub has now been put on the open market and we understand that there is not currently a buyer. Following the successful application to denote the White House as an Asset of Community Value, we as a community now have an opportunity to put in a bid to buy and manage the future of the pub.
We have been in contact with a number of successful community pub groups, including the Abingdon Arms in Beckley, to gain insight into the challenges and opportunities ahead. We have also joined the Plunkett Foundation who worked with us to develop a business plan and have helped so many other community pubs become a success.
We have held two community consultations and were delighted by the support for the bid – view the presentation slides and a video from the second consultation. At the consultation there were some fantastic ideas about how we can put the pub back at the heart of the community and 112 investment pledges.
Since the meeting we have conducted an online and paper survey to find out what people want from Bladon Community Pub and what they would be willing to invest.
The White House has enormous potential and could be a social hub for the village offering a whole host of services.
This is not a charity. In the UK, more than 100 pubs have been taken over by the community and every one of them continues to thrive. Every investment matters and will help secure the future of Bladon’s White House for years to come!
If you are ready to invest or donate, please follow the links below.