Welcome to The George Community Pub

Share Update

We have just had a very encouraging Progress Meeting with The National Lottery Heritage Fund – our major funders. Although we have not yet achieved the full required funding we have demonstrated to them how this will be achieved, despite an inflationary increase in expected costs. We anticipate the Heritage Fund will soon confirm they can give us more time to complete the funding and also allow us to continue apace with the programme with no pause.

We know that a number of potential investors have pledged support but not yet invested. We have also received enquiries and support from other investors and funders and they require a little more time.

We have decided therefore to extend the offer to enable us to complete the funding while pushing ahead with the project and current programme.

Further details will be posted and circulated shortly.

We take the opportunity of thanking those that have already applied. If you are thinking of applying, we look forward to receiving your investment soon. If you have already applied then further amounts are always welcome!

Your investment will make The George happen.

Copies of the Share Offer Prospectus and applications forms are available from Inspirations, The Teapot and The Bengal, or click the link below to view and download.

Click here for more details of share offer and how to apply

Latest News…..

Quiz Night on 22 July - the results are in!

Shunning the rival minor attraction of Latitude, over seventy quizzers filled Wickham Market Village Hall on Friday night to flex their mental muscles and raise over £1000 for the George.

Team Ding Dong (Leslie Phillips fans?), the less modest three-quarters of which are pictured below left, were the eventual winners after nine hard-fought rounds.

More information is on our blog page.

Thanks to all who attended and our volunteer helpers on the night and your generosity which is helping towards the re-build costs. We hope you all had a great time and, please, keep a lookout for our next George event/get-together.

If you would like to help us organise, or have any ideas for, future events please contact us on info.wmgeorge@gmail.com

News on the User Group

Thankyou to everyone who volunteered to become a member of the George User Group. 

Everyone who has volunteered was welcomed to the User Group with a tour of the George and a presentation on the project. The User Group will play a vital role in supporting and advising the Management Committee on decisions which will affect the look, feel and use of the George as a comfortable, inviting, and family-friendly community pub, inclusive to all.

The User Group will aim to represent future users of the pub and input views and opinions on important detail. The group will make informed recommendations on matters such as interior design and ambience, garden design, food and drink, events and activities and how we can make the George a fantastic place to visit.

An early Christmas present for Wickham Market!

We are fantastically pleased to announce that our application to The National Lottery Heritage Fund for a Heritage Enterprise Delivery Phase Grant has been approved. Thanks to The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the country’s National Lottery players, a grant of £988,200 will provide the largest part of the funds required to allow us to reconstruct the historic George as the community pub at the heart of Wickham Market. This is, in no small measure, down to the support we have received from you over the past few years. We must also not forget to express our gratitude to those individuals and organisations  whose funding, advice and encouragement has got us this far.

There is still a lot of hard work ahead for our volunteer team and now is certainly the time to get in touch if you want to join the Committee or our User Group, or volunteer to help with Project activities or events; particularly if you have skills or expertise which you think will be relevant.

We cannot start work fully until we are granted Permission to Start by the Heritage Fund, though we hope to receive this in February. Permission, depends, however, on our raising a large part of our match funding. The main source will be our second share offer, due to launch in mid-January. For those of you who do not already have shares this will be your chance to become part of ‘The George story’ (for an investment of as little as £50). For those of you who, this year, made pledges , which was vital in demonstrating to the Heritage Fund our capacity to raise the money we still need, this will be your opportunity to honour your promise to buy shares.

More details on the award, the next stages, the share offer and volunteering will follow soon.

Please feel free to share the good news with your friends and family or on social media, or contact us for more details or to find out how you can be part of our team.

Other News

Summer 2021

Latest progress update on The George project

Following our successful planning application, we want to clarify the type of pub The George will be, what makes a community pub and the anticipated dates for building works and pub launch. With that in mind, we have produced a full News Update. Please click here to view the News Update.

We are currently finalising our presentation to The Lottery Heritage Fund for second round funding which will be submitted later in August. We should have an answer sometime in November / December 2021, in the meantime as our work continues we will issue regular updates to keep you all up to speed with progress.

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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