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 […]

Share launch event – 12th May

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 SHARE LAUNCH SATURDAY 12 MAY 2018 on the Hill. Please join us for 20 minutes at midday, Saturday 12 May on the Market Hill where we will be having a big share launch photograph. If we are to achieve our aim of restoring the Pub we need to show as much support as possible. This is an opportunity to show everyone that we care about our village and that if no one else can take responsibility for the building, then we will! See you on the Hill on the 12th May at Midday. There’s a free drinks voucher for everyone […]

George architects help win £653,000 Heritage Lottery grant for Harwich Electric Cinema

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It has been announced in the EADT that Nicholas Jacob Architects, who have prepared the conceptual designs for the new George based on our community’s hopes and needs, and are currently assisting us with our HLF Heritage Enterprise grant application, have also helped the Harwich Electric Palace Cinema to apply for and be awarded the funds enabling the cinema trust to undertake essential conservation work to secure this unique part of Harwich’s heritage for the future. Our Quantity Surveyors, the Daniel Connal Partnership, are also part of the Harwich project team. Congratulations to NJA, DCP and to the Electric Palace! […]

Share Offer Document and Business Plan win national Standard Mark recognition

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One of the reasons why the share offer has been unavoidably delayed has been that Committee members Bill, Colin, George, Mike and Tony have been hard at work, preparing, submitting and revising the documents for independent assessment for the Community Shares Standard Mark. They have been assisted in this by Helen Melia, a business adviser specialising in community finance, who helps share offers like ours on behalf of The Plunkett Foundation. Helen’s invaluable input was funded by Co-Operatives UK’s ‘The Hive’ scheme. We are happy and proud to announce that we have now been awarded the Standard Mark. This is […]