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THE LAMARSH LION

Overlooking the Stour Valley in the village of Lamarsh, the Lamarsh Lion has been in operation for over 700 years. Recently bought by the community, the pub is now opening on the 25th May 2018 @ 4pm

SOFT OPENING 25th May 2018 @ 4pm

We are opening our doors at 4pm on the 25th May 2018 to the public

This is a soft opening for Drinks only whilst the new team, systems and pub gets a good work out, so please be patient if you are keen and eager to be one of the first to visit the Lamarsh Lion

Lion NEWS

 The re-elected Committee.

The re-elected Committee.

A Letter From the Chairman - April 2018

Join over 350 people who are “FOUNDER Shareholders” and will be eligible to have their names on an “HONOURS BOARD” to be hung in a prominent position once the pub is open.

Thanks to money from various grant-making bodies, essential work to get the pub open is under way and should be completed within the next few weeks. Much voluntary work is being done and we have had several generous friends who have contributed in kind.

Ee have found a manager, Michael (Mick) Fallon, currently Landlord at the White Horse, Edwardstone, Suffolk, which he has made into a very popular place to visit with good food. Mick will be living at the Lion and recruiting a team, including an experienced chef, to run the pub.  

 There is still a lot to do but all being well we should be open by mid-June if not before.  A “soft” opening enabling locals and shareholders to use the pub will be followed a little later by a formal opening. This will be a big event with media interest at a high level.

 The Lion will be a Community Pub and used for all manner of purposes. We want to work with the Churches, Village Halls and every other organisation in our villages such as Daws Hall Educational Trust to bring our whole community together and provide something for everyone.

 While we have just enough money to get the pub open there is so much more to do to achieve our full potential.  Plans will be drawn up this summer for what we are calling Phase Two.  It is a challenging but exciting prospect.

 If you have not subscribed, it would be great if you could join us. We now have over 350 shareholders of whom 165 are from Lamarsh and Alphamstone. We all own the pub.  Without us it could not have happened. To be able to tell the world that almost everyone in our tiny villages supports us and has made a contribution would make a big impression. 

 One share at £50 is all you need to invest – more would be welcome of course. To buy shares just open the attached offer letter and follow the instructions.

 To be acknowledged on the Honours Board you must subscribe by 7.30 pm on Thursday, 26th April. This is when our first Annual General Meeting for shareholders takes place.      Thank you very much.

 Robert Erith, Chairman, Lamarsh Lion Community Pub Limited.

Call for more shareholders: project: sun-deck!

We'd like to get a decked seating area in place at the front, and to the side of the pub built prior to opening so that you will be able to enjoy the Lion's fabulous views across the valley.

In order to fulfill this additional project, we need more cash! (Preferably before the AGM on the 26th April)

If anyone would be willing to sponsor the deck, perhaps jointly, this would be superb. Please let us know if this is something you or a friend or a colleague might consider.

(It's going to be busy time at the Lion in early summer, with a pile of promotions planned)

leave a message and we'll get in touch asap.

Many thanks for your continued support!

Welcoming Our New Landlord, Mick Fallon

We've had wonderful news this week that Mick will be joining us from The White Horse in Edwardstone. We wish him a very happy and prosperous time in Lamarsh. Mick will be helping to get the last details right as we enter into the final stages before opening.

It's all happening at the Lamarsh Lion...

Our New Sign:

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With the Lamarsh Lion getting some much needed TLC from our brilliant band of volunteers, you can start to see the difference. The downstairs hasn't looked so clean in ages! The new antique cedar floor is in, the bar is straight(!) the pipework behind the bar has been renovated, the guttering cleaned out and there's masses more coming soon. 

 Those who came to the superb carol-singing and open evenings will have noticed the first addition to the pub. A lovely new floor.

Those who came to the superb carol-singing and open evenings will have noticed the first addition to the pub. A lovely new floor.

 

Essential work:

A considerable amount of re-wiring is on going. In fact, the entire property is undergoing a huge revamp. A total re-wire, an almost total re-plumb, new heating, new windows and the barn has a new roof with insulation! We have a brand spanking new kitchen with the most enormous fans you've ever seen, and the bar is going through a renaissance.

The cellar has a new floor and is about to get a new cooling system, the outside hedge has been taken down and a plan is in place for a fantastic exterior space. 

We are all hugely excited and we hope you're going to love it! Nigel Aulton and his team are doing amazing work getting the pub ready for service and we're looking for an early summer start. When we've nailed this down further, we'll let you know.

We 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. Thank you!

 Essex County Council Community Initiatives Fund

Essex County Council Community Initiatives Fund

 With great thanks to the Plunkett foundation and Pub is the hub for their huge support.

With great thanks to the Plunkett foundation and Pub is the hub for their huge support.

OUR SUPPORTERS.

 
 
 
 
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Open Evenings:

The exciting reality of opening the Lamarsh Lion once again is getting ever nearer. Please check our Facebook page for updates. 

Still not a shareholder? Really? Join the three hundred and thirty others and please be as generous as you can. We need every penny. It's fifty quid for one share.

Why not gift a share to a friend of family member? They could own a pub (kind of!).  

Just click (below) fill in the form and send to our Treasurer, Ruth Allison. (ruth@intersure.co.uk)

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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Great changes:

A new kitchen, a new bar section, new lights and a wonderful new sign, An ambitious future. Amazing work is going on just to get the pub open. 

Staffing / Recruitment:

We have recruited! A huge welcome to Mick Fallon! Mick comes from the White Horse at Edwardstone and we look forward to meeting his team and his moving the Lamarsh Lion forward into a hugely exciting new era. 

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Opening Time?

Nigel Aulton and his team are doing sterling work to get the pub back on track and ready for opening. With any luck  - the pub may well open towards the end of May or in early June. We'll be sure to keep you posted!

Images:

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

 

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 Locals before contemplating a drink! What's it going to look like after?

Locals before contemplating a drink! What's it going to look like after?

 The shed, with freezers and preparation area.

The shed, with freezers and preparation area.

 The new sparkling kitchen!

The new sparkling kitchen!

 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.

 
 

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

  • 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.

UPDATE:

WE QUALIFIED FOR A HEAP OF GRANTS! 

Thanks to all the bodies who have decided to support us. We are hugely grateful. Great kudos to the committee members who have made this possible.

Work is now ongoing! A huge amount of the above is now moving quickly ahead. 

 

 

 

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 are hugely indebted to all for grants awarded thus far to get the pub into a position to trade. Thank you.
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Volunteers:

Sign up below and to let us know if you'd like to be actively involved when the pub opens.

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.

THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

 
  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.

  Andrew Marsden   Vice-Chairman  Andrew is a property and planning barrister with chambers in Ipswich, Norwich and Chelmsford. For 20 years a Recorder (Deputy Circuit Judge). Has lived in Lamarsh for 36 years and is now churchwarden and parish councillor.  Has a firm belief that the pub is essential to village cohesion and wellbeing

Andrew Marsden

Vice-Chairman

Andrew is a property and planning barrister with chambers in Ipswich, Norwich and Chelmsford. For 20 years a Recorder (Deputy Circuit Judge). Has lived in Lamarsh for 36 years and is now churchwarden and parish councillor.

Has a firm belief that the pub is essential to village cohesion and wellbeing

  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

 

Contact Us

If there's anything you'd like to know, or if you have information or stories about the pub that you think may be of interest, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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