For more information on how this village pub was rescued and restored visit the "The Project"
The Seighford Pub Company
Community Pub Project
On the 29th November 2012 the Hollybush opened its doors to the public once more. This would never have possible without the help of our dedicated shareholders. This is a public letter sent out by the board recognising this achievement.
When we took hold of the keys to the pub in March, the scale of the task at hand was extremely daunting, the building and surrounding land was in such a state of neglect that it would have been very difficult to tempt any business to take on the tenancy.
Fortunately a small band of dedicated people have given up many hours of their time and put their skills to great use restoring the property and its surrounding area.
It is only because of this work that The Hollybush became a viable prospect for Titanic and so, a very special thanks needs to go out to you.
The hard core stalwarts of the parties, Roy Wood, John Wardle, Peter and Leslie Longstaff have been ever present week in week out, planning and organising, and chipping away at the tasks one at a time. These people alone would not have managed to achieve so much in such a short space of time.
We should offer a special thanks to Graham & Anthony Beeston, Alf Tilly for their plumbing and tiling skills, without whom the bathroom would never have been habitable.
John Wardle has saved the project a small fortune renovating the wooden windows, which was no small job and I'm not sure that there is a single door in the pub that has not had some work performed by John.
A huge thanks goes out to Jo Banks, Leslie Longstaff, Diane Roberts, Ray Bridge, Roy and Jean Wood for the gruesome back breaking job of degreasing the kitchen ceiling. That was not a pleasant task at all.
An army of people have helped with the redecorating, including Rob and Elaine Johns, Jean Wood, Gwen Wardle, Peter and Leslie Longstaff, Diane Roberts.
The many cakes and treats supplied for the work parties should not go without a mention!!!
Ray Bridge who has a liking for working in cellars. Lawrence Atherton for his work sanding down and renovating the wooden tables.
Geoff Brown, Paul and Mark Key for laying the wooden fence at the back of the car park and creating the bin access at the front.
John & Pippa Braithwaite who supported through providing the skilled labour of Chris Locke who undertook many tasks, all over the pub and Roger Arveschoug who supplied the timber for the benches.
Over time this work will seem like a distant memory, but we are all extremely grateful - without your dedication and donation of time the pub would never be close to opening and we would be in a very different place to where we are now.
We all look forward now to continuing the banter and friendships made over a pint rather than wet paint!!!
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