A very productive day spent decorating the bar and dining room area yesterday getting ready for our tenant Open Day later this month. The search for a tenant continues – so please let anyone know that may be interested in running our beautiful community pub!
Three years ago today saw our wonderful victory at Dover District Council when Councillors voted to prevent the house conversion in favour of locals purchasing the pub.
Since then, our Society commenced a journey to develop a sound business plan and strategy calendar, to raise the necessary funds to purchase the pub, and to restore it to its original function and standing in the community. Three years on we are very proud to have achieved this, and we look forward in finding a tenant soon.
The Chequer Inn is without doubt a beautiful and characterful building, which possesses some important historical features, but its listed status has given us a headache because anything we do, except like for like repairs, are subject to listed building consent.
We are now hoping to start more extensive building work and this weekend we have received the good news that Dover District Council have accepted our Planning Application for an extension to build a disabled toilet, internal renovations on the first floor living accommodation, as well as the kitchen and access to the cellar.
We would like to thank all villagers and supporters for their time on the councils planning portal to provide them with the information needed to help make the decision. We look forward to updating you all with building work progress over the next few weeks!
Our garden Volunteers hard at work at the Chequer Inn community pub, transforming the garden before Winter sets in. Many thanks to all who have given up their free time to volunteer with our project so far.
Some lovely footage of our Pop-Up Pub event last weekend. Thanks to everyone that attended and also to everyone working hard behind the scenes to make it happen! A fantastic day despite all the heavy rain. Lots of visitors throughout the day and everything sold out!
Thanks to GADDS’ Ramsgate Brewery for the beer and to James for the delicious hog roast. Let’s hope that we can find our tenant soon so that events like these can happen all the time and the Chequers can open its doors everyday!
As you would have read, we are starting our refurbishment process of the pub and grounds and things are starting to take shape. However, due to the fact the building is listed, there is only a certain amount we can do until the Listed Building Consent comes through. However, there are a range of smaller jobs we can be carrying on with which would be great to get our community involved to keep our costs low and village morale high! Would any of these be suitable for you to be involved with? Please let me know by sending us a PM and we’ll add you to the rota. Thanks to those who have already replied.
11th August – Filling and Sanding party. Need to remove picture hooks from wall, fill in the morning and sand some hours later in both loos and pub. Other wall and paintwork prep to be defined or this day. Estimate four volunteers needed.
12th August – Cleaning party for loos and bar area. Volunteers please bring your own rubber gloves, bucket and if possible mop. 3 volunteers sought for pub and 3 for loos. Turn up at 12.00.
18th and 19th August – Painting to commence in Loo area in both Gent’s and ladies. There may be further prep work needed in the bar that weekend also. Painters and preppers needed for both days – up to 5 volunteers per day.
Bar area to be painted the Bank Holiday weekend of 25th August, possibly pushing into all three days. Five volunteers per day.
Please use the link below to get in touch for volunteering: