Here you will find all our recent Newsletters and Community Leaflets
Summer 2019 Shareholder News
The renovation works completed to date have received positive feed back and hopefully all are enjoying the pub and the cafe as trading at the pub develops. Having had a couple of months away from the renovations since the cafe and shop opened attention is now focusing on the next phase.
Work on the upstairs accommodation to create three good quality bed and breakfast rooms is next. Work has already started with two volunteer events that has seen a big help with wall paper stripping and some other stripping out so we can get to see the structure and plan ahead for the works which will start in earnest in August. These will take two to three months to complete.
Also reflecting on works done to date some further improvements are being undertaken with the kitchen equipment to help with service which are happening now.
There are one or two items from the works done to date which are being monitored or are outstanding and these are being kept under review.
Budget wise, having had the experience of working in the pub so far and finding out much more about the construction etc the budget for the upstairs rooms has been doubled. There will also be additional expenditure in the kitchen. The good news is that with savings made on the works so far - which has a lot to do with managing the works ourselves and volunteer effort - completing the first phase of works is anticipated to be within the overall budget allocation.
With share sales still open and being bought as we move to our funding target, we have also been able to have a look at those areas of investment that were not financially possible when we bought the pub last year. One of the priorities as funds become available are the windows. The windows are in various states of disrepair, at worst rotten or have that flavour of the Green Dragon of the past which is just someway short of 'it'll do'! We now have sufficient funds and are going ahead with replacements. Replacements will deal with the disrepair issues but also enhance the energy efficiency of the building and acoustic properties (particularly for the B&B accommodation). You can look at this in detail on our Revised Capital Plan 2019 here.
As you may know the housing development on the adjoining land will be going ahead. As far as we are concerned our new car park - which is a condition of the development - is expected to be in place by the end of the year.
It seems a long time ago since we were able to open the pub for trading in December 2018 but it is only just over 6 months! This is only happening with your continued support which is appreciated. Tom and Becci are continuing to develop the pub/cafe offering as they find out what works etc and customer feedback is hugely positive.
If you have any comments or feedback on the works that are being undertaken to the building please get in touch with any of the directors or via:
We will keep you posted on developments but in the meantime enjoy the summer, enjoy the pub and cafe and keep an eye out for events and what is happening.
Spring 2019 Newsletter
Check out what's happening at the Exelby Green Dragon and our plans for the future...
December 2018 Newsletter
Read about our exciting news that we have appointed tenants and the pub is now open! Here you will find our latest Newsletter and an open letter from Tom and Becci detailing plans for Christmas and the New Year...
November 2018 Newsletter
Well, now we own a pub the hard work really begins. Read all about our plans and how you can get involved together with a very interesting Christmas gift idea...
September 2018 Newsletter
Great News! We have enough funds to complete on the purchase of the Exelby Green Dragon. There's still time to invest though. Read all about it in our September Newsletter...
August 2018 Newsletter
Lets really make a difference. Act now, our Share Offer closes soon...
July 2018 Newsletter
We are off to a cracking start. Our Share Offer closes on 31st August so please don't forget...
May 2018 Newsletter
Well we really have some news for you. Read all about it and join us at a very special village event...
March 2018 Newsletter
The waiting game! We are all ready to go but EI's bureaucratic wheels grind on very slowly. Read all about it in our latest Newsletter.
February 2018 Newsletter
Our negotiations continue and we have the opportunity to access funding to renovate the cottage attached to the pub as a community led housing project for the village.
October 2017 Newsletter
Read about our negotiations with Enterprise Inns (EI) and a new listing for the land adjoining the pub as an Asset of Community Value.
July 2017 Newsletter
Community Meeting, March 2017
A presentation to the community on our progress to date.