Shotley Pier
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On 31st July 2017 we successfully raised £35,425 with 163 investors in 60 days

Shotley Pier is 122 years old and has been for sale for years. Our community group wants to buy and renovate for working and leisure use

by Shotley Heritage Community Benefit Society Ltd in Shotley Gate, England, United Kingdom

Happy New Year from the Pier team

Hope you had a peaceful and enjoyable break. 

Our 2019 Red Lion coffee mornings start on Thursday 3rd January at 10.30am.  Please come along and support us, it’s a friendly, warm place to enjoy coffee/tea and a home-made cake for only £5. 

Each month a local artist will introduce their work which gives a wonderful opportunity to exhibit and for visitors to discover and enjoy varied art. As Mandy and Dougie have made an Art Wall for the pier at the Red Lion, the art stays on display for the month, with no pressure to buy at the coffee morning, so why not come and enjoy meeting the artists.

We would like to extend a big thank you to all who attended our December coffee morning at the Red Lion.  We had an excellent turnout and, although we do not usually have craft stalls, Mandy and Dougie kindly agreed to allow a Christmas theme for extra fund-raising, so were able to have jewellery, Christmas floristry arrangements, pier pictures and our own items with the pier logo for sale. Thank you to the artists and crafts people who came along and donated to the pier.

Many thanks to those who have already voted on the roof style for the proposed plans, most by email but some by post. The text message voting link will be sent out later this week to those who have provided a mobile phone number to us.

The pier is looking rather sad at present, with the loose railings safely removed.  If you haven’t been down there for a while, have a look on our Facebook page for various photos.

If you missed seeing our previous newsletter with images of the roof styles and possible layouts, have a look at our website where we are showing it all. www.shotleypier.co.uk     You have until 5th January to tell us your preference of the proposed roof.

There has been a flurry of emails and letters, some of the questions or comments posed have included:

  • Why no costings on each choice?
  • Why so few tables and chairs, when the weather is bad there won’t be much room in there?
  • Why no details about the windows, doors and cladding, roofing materials, doors and other finishes?
  • Why not just circulate the design shown at the AGM for approval?

The Board’s comments in response:

  • Detailed costings have not yet been obtained for these new options, as we wanted to obtain investors’ opinions on their preferred appearance before going to the expense of costing the three new options.  It’s fair to say:  Option 1, the slanted roof (gullwing design) is the cheapest option but has encountered noisy opposition!  Option 4 is probably the most expensive option as it’s a curved design.
  • Reducing the length of the building inevitably means reducing the number of tables and chairs and indoor shelter, this is the difficult part about compromise!
  • Lack of detailing about windows, cladding at this stage is deliberate, and if you look at the original newsletters from 2018, we always said these were decisions to make later.
  • We are not yet at the point of a final design. The presentation shown at the AGM was an introduction to looking at new and compromise ideas, as were the various roof images and claddings on the display boards.  The Board stated earlier in 2018 that the roof design would be a choice for the members and that means putting several designs to the vote.


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Levels of Investment

£50 or more

£50 Investment

Get a big Thank You by email and social media, and know that you are a part owner of the pier with two £25 shares. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored. You will also qualify for member-only offers. You choose whether to have a share certificate by post or email

£50 or more

£50 Investment

If you just want shares without any reward, you can offer any amount from £50 to get shares in the Pier. You will get a big Thank You by email and social media, and know that you are a part owner of the pier with one vote as all other members do. You will qualify for future member -only benefits and the warm feeling of knowing you are supporting this wonderful community owned co-op

£75 or more

11 of 50 claimed

£75 Investment

One bottle of our own "Pier Rum" which has been created by a prize winning distillery exclusively for Shotley Pier. This will be a delicious treat as well as a collector's item with our own label. This reward includes framed share certificate, your name on our “Pioneer Shareholder Scroll,” and you will own three shares

£75 or more

7 of 200 claimed

£75 Investment

Get the satisfaction of knowing you are a part owner of the pier with three £25 shares and your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You will receive a Share Certificate by your choice of email or post, and will qualify for member-only offers

£100 or more

25 of 100 claimed

£100 Investment

Become a part owner of the pier with four £25 shares. Celebrate with Afternoon Tea for Two at Tea on the Quay, the cafe opposite the Pier. Your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened and you get a framed share certificate. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored. You will also qualify for member-only offers.

£100 or more

14 of 50 claimed

£100 Investment

If you like fishing, choose this reward. You will be a member of the fishing group, with exclusive access to fishing on the pier for the first year the pier is open. You will be a part owner of the pier with four £25 shares, get a framed share certificate and access to other member-only offers . Your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored.

£100 or more

£100 Investment

Choose the reward of a very special limited edition ice cream, created for the Pier investors at "Tea on the Quay," the cafe opposite the pier. Get the satisfaction of being part owner of the pier with four £25 shares. Your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored. You will also qualify for member-only offers.

£200 or more

5 of 10 claimed

£200 Investment

Become a part owner of the Pier with eight £25 shares, and join a special beekeeping experience day on the Shotley Peninsula. Find out more about bees and enjoy some local honey. Your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened and you get a framed share certificate. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored. You will also qualify for member-only offers.

£250 or more

39 of 100 claimed

£250 Investment

Choose a "Pioneer Plaque" to commemorate a loved one with your own choice of words. The high quality metal plaque will be installed on pier railings when the Pier is opened and will never be removed. Your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You will own ten £25 shares and a vote on how the pier will be used and restored. You will also qualify for member-only offers.

£400 or more

2 of 50 claimed

£400 Investment

Enjoy two seats on our "Naturewatch" half day boat trip on the River Stour, travelling from Shotley towards Mistley. The estuary is a protected site of outstanding natural beauty, and has global RAMSAR wetland status. You will own sixteen £25 shares and your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored. You will also qualify for member-only offers.

£600 or more

0 of 6 claimed

£600 Investment

Enjoy a day trip experience for two people. First a boat trip " Around the Pier" to enjoy stunning landscape and busy shipping lanes, a personal tour at HMS Ganges Museum, and a delicious lunch at Bristol Arms. You will own twenty four £25 shares and your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored. You will also qualify for member-only offers.

£750 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£750 Investment

Enjoy a half-day art masterclass workshop with renowned local artist Nick Carter in his studio. You will own thirty £25 shares and your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored and a framed share certificate. You will qualify for member-only offers.

£750 or more

6 of 50 claimed

£750 Investment

Have our very special Rum. It's a limited edition, with numbered bottles in a presentation box . This bespoke "Pier Rum" was distilled to a secret recipe by a world class, prize winning distillery. You will own thirty £25 shares, your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored and a framed share certificate. You will qualify for member-only offers.

£2,500 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£2,500 Investment

Fly over the pier in a small plane with our private pilot. Take off from a local airfield and fly along the stunning coastline of the River Stour and the River Orwell. The pilot will point out items such as sunken wreckage visible from above and local landmarks. You will own one hundred shares and a framed share certificate is included, along with your name listed on our "Pioneer Shareholder's Scroll." You will qualify for member-only offers.

£5,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£5,000 Investment

Enjoy our amazing Land, Sea and Air experience for three people. Start at a local airfield and fly with our volunteer pilot over the pier. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Bristol Arms, and a tour of HMS Ganges museum. Then onto a boat to see the Pier from the water. A framed share certificate is included, along with your name listed on our "Pioneer Shareholder's Scroll." You will qualify for member-only offers.

£10,000 or more

2 of 1 claimed

£10,000 Investment

Be the person who completes the construction of the pier by inserting the final rivet with a boat-full of your guests taken by our volunteer crew to see the moment when the pier is completed. Our film crew will record the event for posterity. You will own four hundred shares and a framed share certificate is included, along with your name listed on our "Pioneer Shareholder's Scroll." You will qualify for member-only offers.

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