The Old Ship Inn was one of Cawsand’s oldest pubs. After being empty for years, it was destroyed by fire in 2013. We want to bring it back to life under new community ownership:
• A recreated pub and café with a heritage centre, village information, and a children’s area
• Five affordable flats for rent to local people – this will be vital new housing to keep our village alive
NEW HOMES FOR LOCAL PEOPLE
Housing is the biggest problem affecting our community. Unless something changes, the heart of the village will disappear because people, especially the young, can’t find anywhere to live at a price they can afford – so they leave and the village loses out. We want to build five flats on the upper floors, to be let at affordable rents on secure, long-term tenancies.
NEW COMMUNITY FACILITIES
On the ground floor, we want to re-create the bar area of The Old Ship, using the memories and photos of the older local people. We will add a café with a large children’s area and also include a Village Information section for locals and visitors. At the rear, we’re hoping to build a small Heritage Centre, supported by local experts.
PHASE ONE - Initial £17,000
In order to move ahead with this exciting new project we need to raise funds to co-ordinate a feasibility study which will include a geo-technical survey, structural survey, architect services, valuation and planning. This is where the community support starts.
Purchasing the building; we already have an agreement with the vendor who is very supportive of the project and have been in discussion with some major funders who are keen to come on board. Getting the building into community ownership would be wonderful!
The big build! Restoring this grade II listed building back to it's former glory will be a monumental task but with your support we can make it happen.