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The George Community Pub Planning Application Update

What a day!

Remember this date – the 29th June 2021. England beat Germany in the Euro’s but the biggest winners were here in Suffolk where East Suffolk Council unanimously granted planning permission for the restoration of the Wickham Market Grade II listed George Community Pub.

This is a significant milestone towards the opening of the Pub. Still a way to go but we take the opportunity to thank all our shareholders, pledge makers and friends for their ongoing support. The George Committee have worked tirelessly to get to this point – over 7000 volunteer hours with many more to follow. Of particular mention, our thanks go to Purcell Architects and the many consultants that have been involved in the design and specification of the project.

Most importantly, special thanks to all grant givers especially our mentor and major grant funder The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Without lottery players across the UK this project would not be possible.

Fundraising is ongoing and we hope that you will support many of our future events. If you are a supporter and have some spare time to help we would really appreciate your getting in touch via email. Have some fun knowing that you will be helping us to bring a valuable asset back to life for the benefit of all our community.

Other News

April 2021

Report on The George project presented at the Annual Parish Meeting

The George Management Committee were pleased to be invited to submit a report for the Wickham Market Annual Parish meeting which was held on 12th April.  The report summarises the objectives of the project and  what we hope to achieve. It also gives an update on where we are we on our journey to restore The George. Click here to view a copy of the report.

February 2021

Suffolk County Councillor shows his support for the George

There has been much support for the George Community Pub in Wickham Market but none more so than from Alexander Nicoll our County Council representative.  Alexander has supported many community projects in Suffolk and for ‘Saving the George’ he has always been willing to stand up and promote our message through the media and other contacts.

Once again Alexander and Suffolk County Council have shown tremendous support by awarding a localities grant to The George of £2680 to help fund our latest ‘pledge to invest’ publicity campaign. Pledges are needed to show other grant providers such as the National Lottery Heritage Fund that a wide section of the community is behind this project. Have you ‘pledged to invest’ yet? Do it now by clicking the big button above.

Many thanks to Councillor Alexander Nicoll for helping us along the way.

February 2021
The results of our e-survey of last year

In April 2020 we decided to carry out a survey of what people wanted in terms of food offerings, beer choices, how often people eat out, what activities they wanted to see in the pub, whether they wanted a micro brewery, etc.  Because of Covid 19 restrictions we were limited to doing the survey on line and via email to only our shareholders and friends. We had a very good response to the survey which has provided valuable data which will aid in future decision making. The survey report can be found here.

For completing the survey, we promised a free meal for two when the pub opens. The winners were chosen at random which are: Daniel Hussey, Kate Thurlow, Michael Verdon Miller, Ruth Ascroft and Bryan Hall. Congratulations to them all.

Our thanks to everyone who took part.

January 2021

Christmas Card Questionnaire – How would you like to see your pub?

The results of the Christmas Card questionnaire are in, including colour preferences for the building and options for the front garden, cycles and wood fired pizza oven. Alongside these questions there were many other comments all of which are summarised in this report.

Thanks to everyone who took part.

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