BEER AND BIKES FUNDRAISER: Saturday 7th May from 12 noon
This is your chance to become part-owner of a rural pub with centuries of history behind it, and a future full of promise. Our little village of Tebworth has already lost so much; our shop, our post office and our school. With your help we will make sure we don't lose the beating heart of our community, The Queen's Head.
The current Queen’s Head, Tebworth arose like a phoenix from the ashes in 1926 after a fire destroyed the original timber and thatch building,and thanks to you it could continue for generations to come.
Join a group of investors who believe in this project; who know the difference it can make to the community and the rural economy; and who want to be part of this exciting crowd-funding venture.
The Queen’s Head, Tebworth will be a shining example of best practice with a well run pub and beautifully restored gardens. You'll be delighted to have saved it; proud to co-own it and happy to visit it.
We aim to buy the Queen’s Head and transform it into a thriving, viable, sustainable village pub with beautiful community garden.
The Queen’s Head currently hosts weekly clubs, music sessions and excellent monthly folk nights. We plan to build on this with a regular and well promoted programme of events throughout the year. Real ale and cider festivals, live music events, quizzes, clubs and activities, community food events; all will help build the Queen’s Head’s reputation as a fun pub to visit. Plans are also afoot to renovate the large garden area to create a Permaculture community garden, with outdoor cooking facilities and an imaginative play space for children.
Your investment will help make the Queen’s Head into a flourishing business owned entirely by shareholders and run for the benefit of the community. It’ll be a traditional pub that values both its community in the village and the need to be welcoming and inviting to a wider clientele. It will be a vibrant cross-generational hub, serving people’s differing needs, daytime and evening, weekdays and weekends.
Tebworth is a pleasant Bedfordshire village in gently rolling countryside situated between the M1 and the A5 and within a few miles of several large centres of population. The Queen’s Head lies on the popular Icknield Way Walk with walkers and cyclists regularly passing its doors.
Potential for growth
A community survey has been carried out, this indicated that local trade could be substantially increased if the pub offered food and community activities (please see our business plan).
The Queen’s Head is a country pub with a large garden and huge potential to expand the current ‘wet’ only trade and limited opening hours. We propose to renovate the pub to ensure it meets modern environmental standards, adding a new kitchen, modern eco-toilets and two letting rooms.
Our aim is to create a ‘free house’ with multiple income streams that will attract tenants who share our community vision. Tenanting the pub will provide a regular rental income, enabling us to pay a dividend on investments.
We plan to manage and develop the bulk of the garden as a community food growing and activities area, as this will enable us to access additional grants and funding and allow the pub to control a manageable area for outdoor customer seating. The community garden will work collaboratively with the pub, enabling the creation of a large outdoor space for music, beer festivals and our annual bonfire and fireworks event.
This is not any old pub in any old area, and we are not any old community. We have already raised over £150,000 in pledges from our small community and we have a diverse, experienced, talented and creative team (learn more about us in our business plan below).
Our campaign has received support from a wide range of organisations and prominent figures including Andrew Selous MP, who stated“I am very pleased to support the Save Our Pub, The Queens Head, Tebworth" We have even had a letter of support from HRH Prince Charles!
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Benefits of investing
In addition to helping Save the Queen’s Head for this and future generations, and turning it into a thriving community pub that you want to visit, why would you invest? To:-
Share offer details
Please see the prospectus and business plan below for full details of the share offer. The minimum investment is £500, which will grant you 2 shares at £250 each. You must be 18 or over to hold shares in your name. You can invest any amount from £500 to £40,000
Whatever your investment, you will be part-owner of this fantastic community pub – and your commitment will be welcome and appreciated.
If you wish to pledge an amount not listed please bid in multiples or click on the link below to send the SaveThe Queen’s Head team a message. firstname.lastname@example.org
You are buying shares in Tebworth Community Pub Ltd. A Community Benefit Society registered in England, Registration No. 7402.
THANKS TO: Daniel Curto and Mike Pearce for filming and editing our video, The Plunkett Foundation, The Cooperative Bank, CAMRA, Communityshares.org and Crowdfunder
Next step: Pledge your investment now - to help us save a really fantastic pub!