The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a very uncertain landscape for millions of small British businesses. We like to think of The Chequers as a great village community hub and we're asking you to help us out.
Last week we took the difficult decision to completely close the pub and halt the offer of our takeaway services for the safety of everyone. This that means we can all stay at home and help protect the NHS & Key Workers.
With Easter events, several parties and live music nights having to be cancelled over the coming months, along with the weekly skittles, darts & football meets, it is having, and will continue to have, a massive impact on the business and the community in Swinford. Whilst I am in the industry because I enjoy it (33 years and I still do!), there are obviously the financial implications.
It might come as a surprise for you to hear that the rent alone to the brewery each month is over £2,200. This is excluding any bills, supplies or wages! Whilst the Brewery is being supportive, offering advice and guidance, at present the rent has only been deferred. The industry is approaching it's busiest time of the year, and we long for the days when you can spend them in a sunny beer garden again!
Some of the villagers and the Parish Council have been in touch and very kindly asked how best they can support us. It is very humbling and we are truly grateful to live and work in the village that we do and have the support of the local community.
Whilst we understand that these are difficult times and uncertain times for us all, we have some daft ideas and a donation page if you can spare any change. Maybe donate some of what you might spend at the pub each week? Or, if every house hold in Swinford donated £10 that would go a long way to try and ensure that we are still here to welcome you when the restrictions are lifted!
It might not be until next year, but we'll pop on a little party when we're back to normal.... HANG ON! We'll put on the biggest party we can as soon as we're allowed!
We also hope to use the donations to continue providing the best service and facilities we can, entertainment events and be able to support the games teams in the future.
Hopefully you'll see us & our staff serving you soon! Let us know if we can help you in the meantime.
Take care & stay safe, Cheers.