The Save the Duke campaign had a massive boost on Saturday 7th March with a very successful event at Church Farm. The timber barn and the Old Piggery Pub saw nearly 250 people cram in to see local band Shoot the Drummer and enjoy an evening of music, real ale and dancing! Everyone had a great night and and an amazing £2,800 was raised to help the campaign! This sum will allow the group to pay for the recent valuation, the printing costs for the community survey and production of the upcoming prospectus which will contain our business plan and full details about how you can become a shareholder. The amazing support from the community showed that there is a real will to get a community pub up and running - and where there is the will, we'll find the way!
Thanks to all who worked so hard to run this event, to the local businesses who donated raffle prizes, and to David Haughton for selling so many tickets for us, and for the great entertainment his band put on. See pictures from the event on both the website and our Facebook page and add your own!
The campaign is now being offered help from many sides - the Plunkett Foundation is proving invaluable, Councillor Trulove has pledged financial support, other local community pubs are offering advice, and the trade publication 'In a Pub' are following our story in their monthly magazine. The working group is next going to collate and publish the results from the recent community survey (thanks to all those who returned a completed survey) and this will in turn inform the final business plan. The shareholders' prospectus will be published in the next couple of months so its going to be another busy few weeks!