£13,300

raised of £80,000 target
16
investors
17% 36 days left
This project will only be funded if at least £80,000 is pledged by October 25th 2019 at 4:24pm

Help us buy our village pub so we can refurbish and reopen it as a community hub, tenanted pub, shop, cafe and play park - accessible to all

by Covenham Plough Community Hub in Covenham St. Bartholomew, England, United Kingdom

We're fighting to end rural isolation and build our community 

We need your help and support in buying The Plough Inn pub so we can reopen this for our community as:

  •  a pub 
  • cafe 
  • function room 
  • shop 
  • childrens play area 

Four years ago the brewery that owned the pub sold it to a developer whose sole intention was to convert the building to houses. He's made 2 planning applications and appealed which has been refused each time. He has now finally accepted our offer to buy the building if we don't buy now, we may loose the chance forever.

This was the last facility within walking distance of our village, the last green space, the last place to meet friends and neighbours. Since this has closed social isolation has increased.

We applied and achieved an ACV in 2015 – fast forward 4 years and we have finally had our offer accepted by the vendor. 

We can buy The Plough, with your help!

Your part in saving The Plough and bringing it into community ownership

We need to raise £80,000 in community shares to give us the deposit and sufficient funds required to establish this project. Then with funding and a loan we will purchase and start to renovate this iconic building. 

The first stage of shares, funding and loans will allow us to buy and open the function room with toilets and a bar.

Your contribution will be supporting a community project, local employment, along with improving the lives of many lonely and isolated people.

4 years ago we had a typical village pub, where many functions took place and everyone could get a drink and a meal as well as meet their neighbours, family and friends. Many years ago this was a thriving village pub where booking a table was essential, regular events took place, the darts and pool team were doing well and the village had a heart and community to be proud of. We can build this again together, and keep it in the hands of the community so it wont be sold for profit again to the detriment of the village.

Internal space Old Cellar At the front of the property is the old cellar. This will be changed to A fill-in shop with the kind of stock that will save an eight mile round trip to the nearest shop. This photo is from the shop inside the George and Dragon, Hudswell. It doesn’t make a large profit but provides a valuable service to the village.  Front bar Hopefully this room will fulfil the function of a public bar complete with log burner for those long winter nights. Access to and from the main bar will be via a new arch cut into the back wall (where the broom is) and the old bar will be boxed in. The front bar will lead into the main bar through the new arch.  Main bar Main bar area, the lighting in this area will be improved considerably to make it warm and welcoming. The bar will swap sides to the west wall with storage to the east of where the bar was originally positioned. There will be tables in this area as disabled access to the rear bar is not currently possible, the room is too shallow for a ramp and a considerable amount of work is required to raise the floor level to that of the main bar area.  Rear bar tables The old games room, possibly a few more covers for food or a different use altogether. Access to the beer garden will be from this room via a door to the left of the fireplace. The main bar leads into this room  Kitchen This extension was converted from a lean-to by Batemans, the plans are to make it a good kitchen for 30 covers or so. Quite a bit of work required here but all possible. This will be a reduction in size from the original batemans kitchen as this once very large room will now be split into kitchen, cellar and bars.  Cellar Originally the kitchen, we plan quite a bit of reorganization in this area. We want to have two bars, one to the pub side (Front bar) and the other to the function room side (rear bar) enabling service to both areas from the one cellar area. This reduces beer wastage when (as used to happen) barrels were moved to the far end of the function room and needed to be stood to settle. Not practical and effects the quality of the product assuming its not eurofizz (lager).    Front bar Bar to the public house part of the hub, serving the three bars and tables. For those that remember, this will replace the two original bars to the eastern side of the room.  Rear bar Bar to the function room, no more traipsing to the “old” bar when attending functions. It will be easier (more cost effective) to operate this bar when the function room is in use due to the cellar being central to the pub part of the hub.  Toilets The redesign of the toilets is quite an important task and they will have to meet current standards and regulations. Not much else to say on that front at the moment other than we are seeking appropriate advice and they will include the additional feature of changing facilities.  Function room By removing this “decorative” wall the usable floor space is increased substantially allowing better seating during entertainment evenings and general usage as a hall.  This will be an extremely important part of our community hub and operated separately from the tenanted part of the building, the licenced public house.   Old bar area at rear of the function room Rear bar area. This is not required assuming, in general, our plans are feasible so this room and the rear cellar to the rear can become storage for function room equipment and possible cloakroom.   Old boiler room The boiler room, we are not sure what is behind the door as a key has yet to be found. That said, it will in all probability need fixing with a new one and we want to move it to a more central location within the building. Obviously a new boiler will be far more efficient than whatever is lurking in this little room.  External space This isn’t showing on the diagram as we want to remove the porch. The doorway is still shown but it isn’t really required so that may get bricked up.  Porch This isn’t showing on the diagram as we want to remove the porch. The doorway is still shown but it isn’t really required so that may get bricked up.  Double doors at entrance A more inviting set of entrance doors will be found, countless visitors in the past have driven into the car park only to turn around  and drive off again. The doors need replacing anyway so let’s have something more welcoming in appearance and more in keeping with what is a very attractive building.  We will also need to make the windows either side of the main entrance more visually appealing  Function Room Door Entrance to function room when the pub is not in use or closed. The idea is to ensure the two “halves” of the building can be operated in isolation when required by those using just the function room without any requirement of refreshments from the Plough.  Beer garden Beer Garden and herbs! Access from within the pub rather than a route march around the building. With seating and planters, help yourself to some fresh herbs to cook with.  Front out buildings One recent suggestion for the out buildings is to use them as a workshop, well “man shed” was the term used but that has now been corrected to “non gender specific skill development and repair hub”. Obviously we have sent the offender to a re-education camp and that person should be back in Covenham sometime in the spring of 2020.  Come and learn practical skills and help repair items for the members of our community. Early days but a distinct possibility and an extremely useful one at that!  Grassed area to rear of car park We have a sizeable grass area to the rear of the site once it is cleared of Wildebeest etc. It would be nice to have some form of adventure playground there for the younger members of the community and those of our visitors. It has been said that a roller coaster might be a little ambitious but I’m sure we will arrive at a consensus once we are up and running.

Please invest now to save The Plough Inn. 

Our vision is to establish The Plough as a friendly facility for all our local community and visitors, and to be accessible to all.

  • We aim to have a tenanted pub, serving reasonable priced quality home cooked food, real and local ale, quality teas and coffee.
  • We also want to open a village shop - this will be stocked initially with basic and essential items
  • As a group we plan to maximize the use of the whole building and run village events, host courses, meetings, charity groups and also invite others to hire the large function room for special occasions and family events, Christmas parties and the like.

Our hope is that we can, along the way, alleviate isolation and loneliness, encourage community spirit and make all our lives more enjoyable.

Please help us save this building and rebuild our community.

Decorative image of The Plough building and #SaveThePlough

Covenham currently has approximately 18 building plots, new builds or houses for sale, all of which are adding to the housing market and further creating a need for the last remaining social space to be kept as such, so we came together as a village and formed a steering group to decide just how we could prevent this from happening.

The CPCH board

All 10 members are home owners from our village. 7 out of 10 members are self-employed and 6 members work from home. Our group is formed of members that have been in the village 18 plus years to some newer residents that moved in last year.  We all have the same desire to build a community hub which is not just a pub, but also a social venue that brings people together to learn and grow.

Our steering group want to meet the village needs, want to bring cohesion and community spirit back to the village that has been missing during these last 4 years, so we will be reopening The Plough as a community owned hub. Our blue print is based on the results of a whole village questionnaire, where every household was asked what they would want from the building, what would improve their lives and in their opinion what would bring the village together. As the results and support was so positive, we registered our group as a Community Benefit Society with asset lock (Covenham Plough Community Hub Ltd).

Our business plan reflects the village needs, now we want to raise the funds to make it happen and to deliver this project for the village of Covenham and put the heart and soul back into our community.

Thank you for your time and interest and hope to see you at our Grand Opening Event!

"We remember the Plough from its hey-day, with its excellent atmosphere, real ale and honest pub grub.  Sadly, changes in stewardship, followed by poor management led to its demise but we are delighted to hear that the embers of the building will be re-lit to the benefit of all.  A community hub of this nature will do the village a power of good and we wish the Group every success in its endeavours." Richard and Jan Crean, Westfield, Covenham St Bartholomew.

Levels of Investment

£25 or more

£25 Reward

One Share in The Plough and equal voting rights with all other members. Entry to Shareholders and stakeholders Grand Opening Event. Receive annual interest on your investment when performance allows.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Two Shares in The Plough and equal voting rights with all other members. Entry to Shareholders and stakeholders Grand Opening Event. Receive annual interest on your investment when performance allows.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Four Shares in The Plough and equal voting rights with all other members. Entry to Shareholders and stakeholders Grand Opening Event. Receive annual interest on your investment when performance allows.

£250 or more

£250 Rewards

Ten Shares in The Plough and equal voting rights with all other members. Entry to Shareholders and stakeholders Grand Opening Event. Receive annual interest on your investment when performance allows.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Twenty Shares in The Plough and equal voting rights with all other members. Entry to Shareholders and stakeholders Grand Opening Event. Receive annual interest on your investment when performance allows.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

Forty Shares in The Plough and equal voting rights with all other members. Entry to Shareholders and stakeholders Grand Opening Event. Receive annual interest on your investment when performance allows.

£2,000 or more

£2000 Investment

80 Shares in The Plough and equal voting rights with all other members. Entry to Shareholders and stakeholders Grand Opening Event. Receive annual interest on your investment when performance allows.

£2,500 or more

£2,500 Reward

One Hundred Shares in The Plough and equal voting rights with all other members. Entry to Shareholders and stakeholders Grand Opening Event. Receive annual interest on your investment when performance allows.

£5,000 or more

£5000 Reward

Two Hundred Shares in The Plough and equal voting rights with all other members. Entry to Shareholders and stakeholders Grand Opening Event. Receive annual interest on your investment when performance allows.

£10,000 or more

£10000 Reward

Four Hundred Shares in The Plough and equal voting rights with all other members. Entry to Shareholders and stakeholders Grand Opening Event. Receive annual interest on your investment when performance allows.

£15,000 or more

£15000 Maximum Share Purchase

Six Hundred Shares in The Plough and equal voting rights with all other members. Entry to Shareholders and stakeholders Grand Opening Event. Receive annual interest on your investment when performance allows. (Maximum individual investment.)


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