And so the work begins...

Dear Members and friends

A short update on Boot activities and immediate plans. We have now received quotes for the scaffolding required to start on the roof repairs and making the property watertight and we hope, weather permitting, that this will be underway in the very near future. We are also in the next few days drawing up a draft tenancy agreement incorporating our community aims and vision, as outlined in our prospectus, with the help of Nick Davies at Hobsons and Sue Newbould our solicitor and also hope to move rapidly to appointing a tenant to run the Boot Pub business so they can be in place for reopening after the repairs are complete. More updates on next steps and progress to follow.

Also and hopefully in the supposed bright weather forecast we are having the first of our community tidy up days this Sunday and we would like to invite volunteers to come to the Boot at 10 am. We have a skip arriving and our aim is to clear out as much rubbish as possible, start on the garden and sort out what is useful or repairable from that that needs to go. This will all be based on outside activities with the back of the pub along with the garden and hedges to be investigated. Consequently please could you bring gardening equipment including shovels, wheel barrows and both rubber or gardening gloves as protective gear will be required. 

Over the day we will also be drawing up lists of jobs both immediate and long term that will need doing in the next few months and if anyone has contacts, skills and expertise or any ideas of how they can help we would love to hear from you so we can coordinate these with the ongoing repairs and refurbishments. So please come and tell us what you can do or e mail us with your suggestions.

As promised we will also be setting up a barrel of beer and hopefully cider (for latter in the day post the hard work !) to both celebrate and reward the efforts of all concerned in making this community effort the success it has been. So finally please let us know if you are able to come on Sunday as we need to have a rough idea of numbers and consequently the number of jobs we can tackle.

Best Regards

John Alderman

Chair  The Community Boot Inn (Orleton) Ltd