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Successful Open Day – May 2018

In the first month since gaining access to the property, volunteers have been clearing the site in preparation for extensive refurbishment over the summer period.  To show off the pub to the village, we decided to hold an open day on 5th May 2018 which attracted over...

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First Video Tour of Chequer Inn

Here is a short video documenting our first visit around The Chequer Inn after we bought the pub at the end of April. A lot of work is needed to be done, and already volunteers are coming forward to help. https://youtu.be/JhFJJJEFYJc If you would like to Volunteer to...

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We Are Now The Owners of The Chequer Inn!!

After a long two and a half year campaign to Save The Chequer Inn from conversion to a private house, we are pleased to announce that on 11th April 2018 our solicitors completed the deal and we are now the owners of The Chequer Inn, Ash!THANK YOU to all Shareholders,...

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Members of the Chequer Inn Ash Society vote to purchase pub

A meeting of members of the Chequer Inn Ash, Society was held in St Nicholas’ Church on Sunday 18th February to vote on the Committee’s resolution that it should proceed to purchase the pub for the community. This video tells the outcome of the day!...

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The story of a successful community pub

BBC Breakfast this morning were covering #CommunityPubs and featured The Spotted Cow, Holbrook. They were the same situation as us, and their village like ours have bought the pub which is now very successful. Fantastic inspiration to us all. Another £2000 of shares...

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10 days left before our Community Share offer closes

10 days left to buy shares in The Chequer Inn before we close our Share Offer. We now have only £100k to raise and would prefer to have a few more people involved to minimise any loans taken out. Join over 200 investors in the village and have your say by...

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Support from BBC Radio Kent

BBC Radio Kent Dominic King chats to one of the original campaigners who is hoping the community will buy back the Chequer Inn. With £320k accounted for, only £100k is left to be found by villagers. Listen here...   Penny Bernard joins Anna Cookson on the...

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We are in the Kent Online paper

A great article in this weeks East Kent Mercury. With £212,000 raised by over 200 residents of Ash, we now only have £118,000 to reach our target to buy back the Chequers as a community hub. Thanks to Plunkett Foundation supporting our request of an additional £50,000...

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Loan and Grant application accepted!

MORE GOOD NEWS!!!! Letter received from the Plunkett Foundation today :- "I’m pleased to be able to confirm that, following the recent Loan and Grant panel, your application was successful and the panel have agreed a conditional offer for your group. " A grant of...

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