Much progress has been made since securing the purchase of the pub at the end of January 2019. We’ve moved quickly and proficiently to organise internal works to prepare each room ready for renovation.
Water supply has been re-established, with electricity due to be reconnected by the middle of March.
Contact has been made with the Environment Agency to apply for a renewable operation license for the sewage treatment plant. The plant has also been emptied, unblocked and serviced.
A schedule of works has been produced for each room and external works to get a clear picture of which tasks we can fulfil through volunteer work and what will cost vital funds. Without further funding we will not be able to complete a full refurbishment before opening.
Volunteers have worked hard to fix multiple leaks in the water and heating systems, along with repairs to patch holes in the roof.
We are awaiting the electricity supply to be re-connected so that we can move forward with testing electrical equipment within the pub and also bringing in dehumidifiers to dry out the walls.
Quotes have been obtained for many aspects including doors, windows & wood burners. These are being considered and prioritised by the committee.
Further volunteers with trade experience are still required to help with specific tasks and we’d be grateful for anyone who can assist us.
Further funding for the pub is being explored through a variety of avenues.
We’ve signed up to “Our Breckland Lottery” which provides players the chance to win prizes up to £25,000. You can register online to play from just £1 per week, with 50% coming to us.
We have applied to Breckland District Council for a further grant of £20,000. Having passed the first round, we proceed through to round two on 11th March, success will see us through to the third round with a “Dragon’s Den” style presentation on 18th March.
Further loan options and a grant for LED lighting are also being considered.
We're running a "Host A Roast" event on the weekend of Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th March and all are welcome to get involved. Sign up to host a roast in your own home, invite as many family & friends as you can and ask them to donate £10 per person to The Beeston Ploughshare Refurb Fund! Contact us for more information.
Volunteers / Staff Update
A special mention to the dozens of volunteers who have helped out over numerous weekends at The Beeston Ploughshare. Donating both their time and materials, we would not have been able to make the progress thus far without you.
Anita Mansell has volunteered, along with her husband Andy to oversee the interior works and design. Plans have been made to reflect the heritage of the village and place its history at the heart of our village hub.
A new committee member has been appointed to oversee the marketing and communications for The Beeston Ploughshare. Spencer Dyos who lives in the village, has taken over the social media accounts and will be providing updates to keep everyone informed. If you’re not on social media, you can sign up to receive update via the website, www.beestonploughshare.com
We’ve been advertising for various vacancies and volunteers through social media and word-of-mouth. The committee has spoken with a few chefs and managers for the available positions once open. A meeting in early March has been arranged with a retired accountant to a view to them joining the team and becoming our Treasurer/Financial Controller.