New National Lottery Heritage Fund application submitted

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After many hours of hard work by Committee members, we submitted our new Heritage Enterprise application, for the major part of funds needed to bring The George back to life, by the deadline on Tuesday 28th May. This was in accordance with our Members’ wishes as expressed in the Options ballot in February. Our application will now be assessed before being put before the regional committee for a decision in September. See our home page for more details

Latest News – April 2019

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We’re going again! The result of the recent ballot of shareholders was an overwhelming yes to apply again to the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) for a grant to help restore and rebuild the George Community Pub. Of the 72% return 204 shareholders voted in favour of reapplying with only 28 against. The George Committee have already submitted an expression of interest and are pressing ahead with architects, quantity surveyors and other professionals in preparation for a revised plan to closer meet the requirements laid down by NLHF. The submission of the new plan will be made in May of […]

Latest News – November 2018

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As most of you will be aware The George Community Pub (Wickham Market) Ltd now own the Grade11 listed George Pub and to be able to restore the building have applied for first round funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Unfortunately, our first application failed which is not unusual.  We have since met with our case officers in Cambridge who provided information on the reasons why and guidance on any future application should we wish to reapply. The George Committee are now working hard towards addressing the shortfalls of the application and when we have completed our work we will […]

Latest News – Oct 2018

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In September we received news from the Heritage Lottery Fund that our grant application for funding had been unsuccessful. We will now ask the shareholders to vote on whether we re-apply or not depending on further discussions with our case officers at the regional office of HLF in Cambridge. It may mean we will need to reposition our proposal, any options that are created will also need shareholder approval. A vote to proceed with a second application or not is likely to take place in late February 2019. In the meantime you can still buy shares if you wish to […]

Purchase of the George brings new hope

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You may have noticed that work to tidy up and make secure the site of the Grade 11 listed George Pub has begun. The George Community Pub (Wickham Market) Ltd and its 321 members are now the official owners and are actively seeking a conclusion to the long awaited work to restore the building. The group have already applied for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and should know the result of their application sometime later in October. All being well the start of the development will be November 2018. The planning phase will take approximately 12 months with […]

Management Committee initiates option to buy the George.

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On the 30 July the George Management Committee initiated our option to buy the George Pub from the current owner. The date for completion has now been fixed as the 12th September ’18 when all shareholders (members) will become owners of the George and this exciting community project. The sale of shares is ongoing and if haven’t already invested and want to become part of the team you can download an application form by clicking here. Shortly following the purchase of the pub you will start to see some onsite changes as the tidy up process begins and safety hoardings […]

It’s official – we’re on our way!

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The threshold of £100k which enables us to purchase the pub has now been reached and we are well on our way to achieve the £300k target. In ten weeks £120k has been raised from 277 investors, a wonderful result. It’s a big milestone and to all those who have invested in shares many thanks for your generous support. In the next few days we will be exercising the Option-to-Buy, so that in about a month’s time the community will be the new owners of The George and influential in its future This doesn’t mean that we have closed the […]

SAVING THE GEORGE – NOW OR NEVER

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The Share Offer remains open but the decision to buy the pub or abandon the project must be made no later than 27th July. We are now less than £10k away from crossing the line and being able to proceed. If you wish to invest or raise the level of your application to help take us over the line then please do so soon, 28th July is too late For more information on current position see below. ———————————————————————————————————————- Position Statement The current situation and decision on the future of the George is determined by the Funding strategy. You will see […]

IMPORTANT SHARE INFORMATION

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IMPORTANT SHARE INFORMATION We are pleased to inform you that we are now over halfway to reaching our minimum share target of £100,000. Share applications are coming in steadily on a daily basis, but the deadline of 23rd June is fast approaching. We know that many more supporters are planning to invest but haven’t yet got round to it.  PLEASE DO SO NOW. Our village survey indicated massive demand for a community pub in Wickham and many people have supported our meetings and events. We do not want to abandon the project through lack of financial support and so appeal […]