Of the drawing and painting variety of course!
As part of the build up to launching our Business Plan and Share Prospectus at our Grand Public Meeting in June, we have commissioned architect floor plans of The Windmill Pub which will show how the premises can be restored to meet the business plan requirements, and maximise the riverside location.
We would also like to commission an 'artists impression' which will visualise the location and setting and give our supporters a view of the potential that can be achieved from this unique riverside pub. This needs to be completed by the end of May.
If you would be willing to undertake or be involved in this project, we would be really interested in hearing from you! We have a small bursary grant that can pay for costs, but as a Community Benefit Society, we are hoping to keep these to a minimum!!
If you think you can help, or you'd like to know more, please contact us.
Please spread the word and help keep The Windmill Turning!
The campaign to save the Windmill Public House in Charlton, Hitchin has been given a boost with business support and a bursary to develop its plans.
The ‘Save The Windmill ‘group has been accepted on to the Plunkett Foundation ‘More than a Pub Business Support Programme’, with a bursary of £2,500, to help save the much loved pub.
The programme supports community ownership of pubs in England, with specialist advice and finance.
“We’re delighted to be awarded support from the Plunkett Foundation” said Phil Jarvis from the group. “It is an important step towards bringing this much-missed riverside pub back to the community. The Plunkett Foundation were impressed by the campaign’s vision and enthusiasm.”
The group has recently registered to form a Community Benefit Society (CBS) called Save the Windmill Community Pub Limited. The CBS structure and bursary grant will enable the group to raise funds and access grants and loans to purchase the pub. It plans to present a community share prospectus and business plan at a public meeting in 2019.
Nicole Hamilton, project manager for More Than A Pub, said: “We’re so pleased to be able to support Save the Windmill Community Pub Limited who are working hard to make sure their community can benefit from everything that having a thriving local pub brings. Pubs that are owned and run by the community are so much more than a place to buy a drink; they provide important social spaces and services for local people and are central to their community’s sense of place and identity.
Under the ‘More than a Pub’ programme, scores of pubs across the country have been brought back as successful thriving businesses, meeting local needs under shared community management and ownership.”
The Windmill pub was forced to close 3 years ago, but the pub and car park remain a gateway to the local countryside and a popular place to meet. Phil Jarvis said: “It is not just the pub that is under threat of redevelopment, but the car park as well. We need the support of people in Hitchin and surrounding areas to save the pub and car park for the community.
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We're really pleased to announce that we've been granted support from the Plunkett Foundation's More than a Pub Programme!
The Foundation helps communities to overcome challenges via co-operation and they've successfully supported many community co-operatives - from shops, pubs, bakeries; to farms, farmers’ markets and woodlands projects.
They'll be supporting us with developing our action plan, which will help us to take the campaign to the next level with clear direction.
It's early days, but we'll be sure to keep you updated, with the aim to publish the plan in due course.
Despite the unseasonably cold weather, The Windmill Pub in Charlton was well and truly 'powered up' on Sunday, with walkers and cyclists breathing life to the much loved riverside pub.
People often say how they miss using The Windmill as a stopping point on their countryside walks and cycle rides. So we thought, lets invite a local caterer to provide refreshments at the frontage (which remains public land) and them to stop off.
The response was tremendous! Two guided local walks took place, and several cycling clubs called in en route, including the Hitchin Nomads (pictured!).
The success of the 'Power Up' event really demonstrates the ongoing support within our community in reinstating this special pub - a pub which has now stood dormant for over two years.
We will definitely be running the event again later in the year!
Thanks again for your support, and see you all soon!
With car spots always heavily in demand and a constant stream of visitors using the public highway to access the many wonderful walks beyond the pub, last Sunday a group of local residents decided to hold a work party in an effort to tidy up the only remaining public space in Charlton for our many visitors.
With the once pretty and well cared for area between the pub and the carpark falling into disrepair and increasingly used to as a rubbish dump (some would say encouraged by the derelict building full of builders refuse and the shabby appearance of the lean to full of old cookers and other pub paraphernalia to the back), the group took on a number of tasks in order to revive the area and make it a much more pleasant environment for the many that pass through on a daily basis.
These tasks included:
Many thanks to all involved for their efforts in making the morning a success, and in particular to all the people that walked past and offered their encouragement to the group in their efforts to get the windmill turning again.
We thought you would be interested to read this story of a pub successfully brought back to life by villagers! It is a very similar situation to ours!
If you are interested in joining the campaign to reopen and restore the windmill, please get in touch via our contact page.
With the approach of yet another Summer without the presence of a local pub and the associated benefits to the local community, members of the Save the Windmill Group have decided to push harder than ever to restore The Windmill to its former glory.
The group which meets on a monthly basis has decided to explore the local and wider interest and support for a community bid to purchase the pub. This would be funded by multiples of £100 shares being purchased by locals and visitors, with the purpose of developing and re-opening The Windmill.
Currently the group are only requesting an expression of interest to purchase shares should they become available, not the payment for, or issue of shares now, demonstrating that The Windmill Pub remains wanted and viable.
In October 2015, the group commissioned a professional independent viability report, which supported The Windmill’s viability as a successful pub (see viability tab above to download the full report). This report will be fundamental in opposing any further Change of Use Application by the owner on the grounds of non-viability due to the recent and unsuccessful marketing of it, for lease only.
If you are interested, or would like to know more, please get in touch via our contact page.