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THE LAMARSH LION

Overlooking the Stour Valley in the village of Lamarsh, the Lion has been in operation for over 700 years. Recently bought by the community, the pub is undergoing some tender loving care prior to opening in early 2018.

Lion NEWS

With the Lamarsh Lion getting some much needed TLC from our brilliant band of volunteers, we can begin to see the difference. The downstairs hasn't looked so clean in ages!

The mantle in the fireplace needs replacing and the floor is about to be replaced.

The mantle in the fireplace needs replacing and the floor is about to be replaced.

A buffed and straightened bar. On the serving side of the bar, the floor was entirely rotten. This is being put back together again.

A buffed and straightened bar. On the serving side of the bar, the floor was entirely rotten. This is being put back together again.

 

Essential work:

A considerable amount of re-wiring is necessary and there will be plenty of work for a plumber and heating engineer.

We are in discussion with breweries about fitting out the cellar and have been greatly helped with advice from organisations including the Plunkett Foundation and The Pub is the Hub as well as individuals with knowledge of the trade.

 
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Open Evenings:

We are having another shareholders open evening:

6-8pm on Friday, 17th November

All shareholders are welcome.

Please bring your own refreshments and glasses. It will be a great opportunity to see work in progress and how much remains to be done.

Not a shareholder. Don't panic, just click the button, fill in the form and send your generosity to our Treasurer, Ruth Allison. (ruth@intersure.co.uk)

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Facebook Page: @lamarshlionpub

We have an online presence on Facebook and already we're clicking up the 'likes'. Come along and join in the conversation. 

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Volunteers:

...have been busy painting, decorating and gardening. All the help we receive is hugely appreciated. They have already made a huge difference.

Click the button or contact Martin directly on:

 

Staffing / Recruitment:

We are advertising for key staff to manage the pub: 

Front of house, chef, bar, waitressing, and kitchen work. Click here to go directly to the page.

If you are interested in any of these roles please let us know. Julia.scanlan@btinternet.com is the first person to contact.

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Christmas Opening:

We will be holding Christmas Carols in the pub!

It may be possible to open on a restricted 'drinks only' basis around Christmas but, given the time taken for essential grants and the very full workloads of most local tradespeople, we don't expect a full opening before the early months of next year. 

Images:

Has anyone got photos old or new or stories about the Lion? They are wanted for our marketing material. Contact Catherine Lester cathxavier@hotmail.com or James Erith jkerith@gmail.com

 

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Locals contemplating a drink!

Locals contemplating a drink!

We have discovered information about the inscription around the top of the bar! 

We have discovered information about the inscription around the top of the bar! 

The dining room!

The dining room!

The familiar fireplace.

The familiar fireplace.

 
 

We're Recruiting!

At the Lamarsh Lion Community Pub: 

A Management Opportunity

The local community has just purchased the Lamarsh Lion Pub, with the support and investment of over 300 individuals, from both near and far.

The Pub is located near Bures on the Essex/Suffolk border. It is on the edge of the Stour Valley on the official Stour Valley Path with stunning views across the valley.

We are now looking for experienced, committed and enthusiastic people to manage the pub and perform Front of House and/or Head Chef duties. In fulfilling these roles you will also become key members of our community.

Do you have the drive and creativity to help to put this once brilliant pub back at the heart of the community?

We can offer an excellent salary (dependant on experience) and there is also the possibility of spacious accommodation above the pub and there is the potential to take on the tenancy in 3 years.

 
We bought the pub so you could run it!

We bought the pub so you could run it!

 
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If you would like to apply for either position please send your CV, references and covering letter to:

Catherine Lester at cathxavier@hotmail.com.

 
 
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Front of House

As Front of House you will need the skills and experience to create a warm and exceptional “country pub” atmosphere. You will need to recruit, train and manage the front of house team (which may consist of community volunteers), this will include motivating your team to deliver its best.

You will need to be friendly, presentable and energetic and be passionate about customer service.

Have you got what it takes?

Have you got what it takes?

Head Chef

As Head Chef your focus will be on sourcing and cooking local produce and serving fresh and good value country fare. You will have Head Chef experience with similar volume (approximately 50 to 150 covers) and style of food.

If you are passionate about your food, have high standards and attention to detail, and can manage and inspire a team, then you will find this role very fulfilling.

General Management Requirements

·       All relevant qualifications and certificates.

·       Ability to work with the committee to ensure that the pub meets the needs of the community.

·       Ability to organise events (daytime and evening) to encourage community use and to maximise trade.

·       Manage the website and social media presence and any other marketing.

·       You will need to be able to manage and monitor costs and stock control to achieve financial targets.

·       You will need to be calm under pressure, organised, able to cope with volume whilst retaining standards.

·       Effective communicator and good management of people.

·       Positive, innovative and committed.

·       Cellar management skills.

·       You will need a personal licence (to serve alcohol).

This opportunity will ideally suit a couple, but all candidates will be welcome.

To apply for the position you must be legally able to work in the UK/EU and be able to attend a working interview within the next 4 weeks.

 

Building Work, Repairs and Grants

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In August 2017, the Lamarsh Lion moved into a transitional stage following the purchase of the pub.

To adheres to regulations and standards there are several items we cannot ignore before we open our doors:

  • Structural Reports
  • Kitchen compliance
  • Health and safety evaluations
  • Basic repairs - roof, windows and guttering
  • Licensing and insurances
  • Staffing and recruitment
  • Furnishings 
  • Re-wiring of the property
  • Evaluating moving the toilets and facilitating disabled access
  • Evaluating an extension of the bar and rebuilding of bar floor and piping

...plus a whole lot more. .As you can see, there is plenty going on behind the scenes.

 

Stirling work has already been done on the garden and the cleaning up process inside is underway.

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Tree surgeons required to advise on the overgrown Leylandii hedge

Tree surgeons required to advise on the overgrown Leylandii hedge

Our Funding So Far:

An anonymous businessman made a generous “soft” loan of £100,000, and in addition we are being given a grant of £50,000 by the Plunkett Foundation, a charity which exists to support rural communities,

This money, together with a more commercial loan linked to this grant of £50,000. and the equity raised from shareholders is how we managed to buy the pub.

View towards Sudbury and Cornard across the Stour Valley

View towards Sudbury and Cornard across the Stour Valley

Further Funding:

  • We have applied for grants from the Essex Community Foundation and have already had one of £6,000 to help with the purchase. 
  • A further grant for essential renovation work is being sought. 
  • We have applied for grants from the Essex County Council Community Initiatives Fund (CIF)
  • We are also in discussion with the Wool Towns Leader Funds which exist to help rural businesses. 

These bodies are competitive and require detailed work and costed tenders before applications can be made. 

Work cannot start before the application is approved and this can take several weeks

Although we may be successful, realistically, work paid for with these grants cannot take place until next year. 

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Volunteers:

Our wonderful cohort of volunteers have spent time clearing up internally and in the grounds with the promise of further activity in the coming weeks. 

Sign up below and we'll let you know activity dates where you can get involved.

We're looking for volunteers and craftsmen who might wish to help, so  please get in touch.

The button below will enable us to give you updates. Please sign up.

We have no intention of spamming you with unwanted content merely using this as a vehicle to keep you informed.

Alternatively please check out our Facebook page: Lamarsh Lion Community Pub.


Committee

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The LLCP Committee:

A great deal of time has been given to the Lamarsh Lion Community Pub by members of our Committee.

To remind you, all members of the Committee are:

  • Residents of Lamarsh.
  • All are shareholders and take no fees or expenses.
  • None are experts at running pubs and need a lot of help and advice as we go along!

Once trading has begun and a manager is in place, the Committee work will be much less onerous. Until this happens there is a great deal for us all to do. Any practical help and positive advice will be greatly appreciated.

 
Robert Erith Chairman. Robert Erith has lived in Lamarsh and been a regular at the Lion for 50 years.  Formely in the City, Robert was a Director and Founder Trustee of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Vice-President of Essex Community Foundation, Chairman of the Dedham Vale AONB & Stour Valley Partnership as well as President of The Dedham Vale Society. He is a Lamarsh & Alphamstone parish councillor. Robert was High Sheriff of Essex 1997/98 and is a Deputy Lieutenant for the County.

Robert Erith

Chairman.

Robert Erith has lived in Lamarsh and been a regular at the Lion for 50 years. 

Formely in the City, Robert was a Director and Founder Trustee of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Vice-President of Essex Community Foundation, Chairman of the Dedham Vale AONB & Stour Valley Partnership as well as President of The Dedham Vale Society.

He is a Lamarsh & Alphamstone parish councillor.

Robert was High Sheriff of Essex 1997/98 and is a Deputy Lieutenant for the County.

Ruth Allison Treasurer. Has run own business since 1978 as commercial insurance broker dealing with all accounting, tax and compliance issues. Has lived in Lamarsh for 20 years.

Ruth Allison

Treasurer.

Has run own business since 1978 as commercial insurance broker dealing with all accounting, tax and compliance issues.

Has lived in Lamarsh for 20 years.

Julia Scanlan Company Secretary. Part-time IT project manager and full time mum to teenagers. Julia has been in village over 20 years and has enjoyed many an evening at the lion.

Julia Scanlan

Company Secretary.

Part-time IT project manager and full time mum to teenagers.

Julia has been in village over 20 years and has enjoyed many an evening at the lion.

Catherine Lester Recruitment She is a chartered landscape architect, Formerly managing director of a landscape practice Catherine recently set up her own practice.  A relative newbie - three years in the village - Catherine sees the pub as the life and soul of the village.

Catherine Lester

Recruitment

She is a chartered landscape architect, Formerly managing director of a landscape practice Catherine recently set up her own practice. 

A relative newbie - three years in the village - Catherine sees the pub as the life and soul of the village.

Sara Erith Lamarsh resident for fifty years. Church supporter and many-times organiser of the excellent Lamarsh fete.

Sara Erith

Lamarsh resident for fifty years. Church supporter and many-times organiser of the excellent Lamarsh fete.

Ian Gibbs Served as an Army Officer 1976 - 1989 after which he joined a company of tea brokers in London and set up his own company in 2005. Ian has been a Parish Councillor in Bures, organised a major international weekend in Bures involving over 100 visitors from six countries and organises local participation in biennial twinning events

Ian Gibbs

Served as an Army Officer 1976 - 1989 after which he joined a company of tea brokers in London and set up his own company in 2005.

Ian has been a Parish Councillor in Bures, organised a major international weekend in Bures involving over 100 visitors from six countries and organises local participation in biennial twinning events