A big thank you to all who came to our Pop-up Pub event!

A big thank you to all who came to our Pop-up Pub event!


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!

Helping hands please :)

Helping hands please :)

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:

A call to our local tradesmen!

A call to our local tradesmen!


We now have over 100 shareholders who have come forward to offer their time and talents for a variety of jobs around the property to transform our community pub.
We are grateful for all the enthusiasm, energy and muscle power from all volunteers.

We have also been contacted by a number of local skilled tradesman who have agreed to complete a range of jobs within the property.

While some of this is PRO BONO others are giving their services at cost. In all, helping to stretch our funds even further.

However, as a local project we are keen to keep tenders and work as close to home as possible and/ or work with skilled shareholders. So far this approach is working well for architecture, carpentry, garden and landscaping, roofing & web design.

What we urgently need now is:

  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Tilers

If you have these skills to a professional level or know someone who maybe interested please can you contact us ASAP by emailing chequermates@gmail.com with name & contact details or fill the volunteering/helping form by visiting the page below:


Work in progress in the garden

Work in progress in the garden

More great progress in the garden last weekend. Thanks to Paul Wilkinson who organised the hire machinery and masterminded the gang to safely feed the bracken branches and vines. #healthandsafety

Gary Bradbury planted up the bed between the shed and the tea rooms with a range of shrubs from his end of season stock.
The remains of the old toilet block were uncovered when the vines and overgrown weeds were cut back. The brick work which is badly damaged was deemed a hazard and screened off with ‘ keep out’ tape. A group of volunteers are now dismantling the remaining bricks. We also finally discovered the Bat and Trap concrete trap fixing, and will be getting the pitch ready for next seasons league when Bat and Trap will return to the Chequers.

The lack of rain means grass growth has halted and until we get some rain volunteers will be mowing less frequently but as necessary.
A big thanks to the gang – Paul Wilkinson, Gary Bradbury, Jon and Sandra Scatchard, David and Jane Greaves

If you want to volunteer to come and help us, please visit the link below.

Tenant Required to Run Our Community Pub

The Chequer Inn Ash Society are now searching for a suitable tenant with a passion for the community, to run our village owned pub with a vision to serve the heart of our community.

We are seeking to appoint a like-minded tenant who will work, in collaboration with us, to provide a high quality food and drink offering with the opportunity to develop all aspects of the business.

Key features…

  • Historic village inn in the heart of the village
  • Spacious bar, dining area with kitchen and living accommodation refurbished to a high standard
  • Large garden with opportunities
  • Free of tie on wines, beers, spirits and minerals
  • Three year traditional tenancy agreement
  • Fully supported by Community partners

Whilst the Chequer Inn Ash Society Ltd owns the asset, the day to day pub business will be in the hands of a tenant. We would want to work closely with them to realise the potential of this historic pub and to ensure we meet criteria set down by our funders. Last year, the Plunkett Foundation published a report on community co-operative pubs. The research showed that none of these pubs had closed since becoming community pubs, maintaining an impressive 100% survival rate. 

Our Community Pub will be a welcoming and friendly environment to locals and visitors alike. Hundreds of villagers saved the pub from redevelopment. They want the business to succeed and will support it with their custom.

If you are interested in ensuring The Chequer Inn is ‘more than a pub’, send a CV with a 200 word covering letter explaining why you would make the ideal tenant, and email to chequermates@gmail.com