Pop up Pub, broken stuff and ART

Saving the Black Horse – pop up pub

The latest news from Judith: “Due to circumstances beyond our control we’ve had to bring the Pop-Up pub forward one day to **FRIDAY 29th September** – please update your diaries! Our local brewery, Lord Conrad’s, will be serving ales and cider from 4pm-11pm, and we’ve been told there are a few bottles of ‘Save The Black Horse’ special beer left. We will be serving curry (with rice) from 6pm-8pm. All welcome!” And, if you haven’t seen the news on the campaign’s blog, they recently posted: “At about 8pm we will have a brief update on what we know about the new tenants and their plans for the pub, as well as what we plan to do now the Black Horse is going to be re-opened. We have made contact with the new tenants, Colin and Amanda O’Neill, who are currently working very hard getting the pub ready to re-open (hopefully) before the end of the year.”

Something Broken – need a fix?

Just a quick update that this weekend is the Histon Repair Café frpm 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, on 30 Sept 2017 at St Andrews Centre, School Hill, Histon. What is a repair cafe I hear you ask? You can basically bring anything you need repairing that you can carry that will not make a mess in the venue.  Here are some suggestions: A bicycle, clothing in need of repair, small electrical or electronic appliances, lamps, toys, mobile phones, laptops, printers, items that need gluing, jewellery that needs a clean/repair etc. Whatever it is, it might not even be broken – just dirty, and you don’t know how to clean it without damaging it – or you can’t work out how to use it without the manual – bring it along.  You can even bring several things – though to be fair, you will have to join the queue several times! Their website with full information is here: http://circularcambridge.org/repaircafe/ 

Feeling artistic or wanting to invest in art?

It’s the Village Art Exhibition (and Sale) on 7th and 8th October, 11am to 4.00pm in the Village Hall. Details and entry form in the September Village Newsletter (which you can read online at https://tinyurl.com/y9zgyn75 ). Feeling creative – you have almost missed the deadline for entries – so contact Graham Carver straight away: grahamcarver@aol.com

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Dates, Crime, and The Black Horse

Dates and Forthcoming Events

The Parish Council meets this Tuesday 19 September 2017 at 8pm at Dry Drayton Village Hall. The agenda, including some planning applications, is on their website Dry Drayton Parish Council . Our County Councillor’s report for September is now on the village website Dry Drayton Community Web site home page

The deadline for the October Village Newsletter is this Wednesday, 20 September. E-mail your text or pictures to drydraytonnews@gmail.com

More on Crime

Another burglary in the village – Between 10:00am and 1:00pm on 13/09/17 at Oakington Road, Dry Drayton. Unknown offender has forced entry into a property via the front door and was then scared off by the dog left inside.

Cambs police warn of a spate of tool thefts in South Cambridgeshire recently. Most of these have been thefts from vans but they have seen a couple of building sites broken into. If you notice any suspicious behavior then please call 101, or 999 if you see a break-in in progress. And police are advising that you look after your tools, store them securely, mark your tools, park vehicles containing tools sensibly, and report to them any “dodgey deals” involving tools for sale.

Saving the Black Horse

In case you have not heard, below is the latest update from Judith Bennetton on behalf of the Black Horse Steering Group.

Many of you will have seen or heard that the lease of the Black Horse has been sold.  We understand from the Agent that the new owners have “shown a keen interest in the campaign to save the Black Horse” so they will know about the results of our survey in June and we are encouraged by that.  We will pass on all your comments (anonymously) and are sure that, with our support, the new leaseholder(s) can be off to a very good start.

Make a note of the next pop up pub (with food) in the Village Hall on Saturday 30th September.  All welcome.

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Dry Drayton Events August 2017

Staying local over the weekend

The press are predicting this will be the worst weekend of the year for travelling, so how about staying local and taking a trip to our local brewery?
Lord Conrad at Scotland Farm is having a pop up pub from Saturday 26 August to Monday 28 August, 2 – 10 pm each day with pizza on Sunday & Monday, 4 – 8pm.
Extra special is that he has brewed a ‘Save The Black Horse’ beer in support of’ ‘Save The Black Horse’.  He has a collection of his other beers and soft drinks too. All welcome

Parish Council – Extra meeting

There is an extra meeting of the Parish Council taking place at 8.30pm Tuesday 29th August to discuss recently received planning applications for Church Farm. The agenda is on the PC’s website at Dry Drayton Parish Council

Pop Up Community Cafe in Dry Drayton

Are you looking for something to do in the last week of the school holidays?  Or would your children enjoy somewhere to meet up with friends before school starts again?  On Wednesday 30 August, there will be a Pop-up Community Café with family activities running between 10.30 and 12 noon in Dry Drayton church.  With café tables at the back, and the usual chairs cleared away there will be space for giant Jenga, Lego and table football alongside toys for younger children too.  No charge, but donations to cover costs appreciated.  Feel free to share this information with friends and arrange to meet them there!

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The Black Horse, traffic, broadband etc

  1. Saving the Black Horse

    If you missed the last public meeting on 4th August you can watch the key highlights on video on the campaign’s website at https://www.savetheblackhorse.co.uk/ and you can pledge your support on the site and see the current level of fundraising achieved.


    2. Dry Drayton Village Newsletter

    The deadline for September’s Dry Drayton Newsletter is this Sunday, 20 August. Send your material to the Editors at drydraytonnews@gmail.com .

    3. Strawberry 50 community cycling event.

    The Strawberry 50 Community Cycling event will be taking place on Sunday 3rd September 2017 between 9am and 3pm. The event consists of two distance rides of 55 and 28 miles and the route passes through Dry Drayton twice. The route through the village passes along Oakington Road and the Dry Drayton to Madingley Road in both directions, so please drive slowly and expect lots of cycles on both roads. Route signage will be put up on Saturday 2nd September and taken down by the following Sunday evening. Full event information is available at www.strawberry50k.co.uk . If you have any query please do contact Neil Davies, Strwaberry 50 Organising Committee, on 07502 372852

    4. Swifts in Dry Drayton.

    The Pettitts Close Swift Project has been very successful this year – there is an update at DryDrayton.net .

    5. Broadband problems in Dry Drayton

    The Rural Services Network recently posted the top 5 questions they recveive on Broadband in rural areas. One of these was: “The council keeps announcing new areas to get superfast broadband but it never gets to our house?” If this sounds familiar to you here in Dry Drayton, here is their answer: “Councils are working with BT and alternative network providers like Gigaclear to fill in the gaps left by earlier phases of the broadband roll out project. The contracts BT signed stipulated that money had to be paid back to local councils when connections reach 40% of properties. Councils revisit the areas that were too difficult the first time around and see if they have become more viable by using different technology, or increased demand. Keep contacting your local council’s broadband team and raise the issue with elected members, the greater the visibility of your problem, the more likely it is that a solution will be found.” So if you are still unable to get superfast broadband, despite Dry Drayton being ticked as fibre enabled, then contact the Connecting Cambridgeshire project team Home – Connecting Cambridgeshire and let them know your problem.

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Saving the Black Horse

Please come along to the Save the Black Horse Second Public Meeting on Friday 5 August at 8pm, Dry Drayton Village Hall.

The project has raised over £159,000 since the 1st public meeting in July. Not too late to pledge. In addition to benefitting the community there may be tax advantages for you. Even if you cannot pledge, please consider placing a leaflet in your window or a sticker on your bin to help raise awareness. There is more information in the special issue of the Dry Drayton Newsletter circulated throughout the village last week.

There will be a Pop up pub (from Lord Conrad’s brewery, Dry Drayton) and food on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th August from 6pm at the Village Hall. All welcome.

If you missed the last meeting about saving the black horse,  you can watch the presentations which were given on https://www.savetheblackhorse.co.uk/pledge/

You can take a look at facebook too and Twitter!

Events, The Pub and the Newsletter

1. EVENTS IN AND NEAR NEAR DRY DRAYTON THIS WEEKEND

The W.I are serving Bacon Butties (£3.50 with drink) at the Dry Drayton Village Hall on Saturday 1st July from 10.30.a.m. so please come along and enjoy. There will be a Sweetie Tombola for the children.

It’s Open Garden Weekend at Caldecote Sat 1 / Sun 2 July – sixteen open gardens, details at http://www.caldecotechurch.org.uk/caldecote-open-gardens/

It’s also weekend one of Cambridge Open Studios: https://www.camopenstudios.co.uk/

2. FEAST WEEK ACTIVITIES

On Tuesday 4th July, the annual Feast Week Fun Run and walk starts in Dry Drayton at 6.30pm. There will be a barbecue and Lord Conrad’s brewery will be at the school field serving the local brew from 6.45pm – the first of several ‘pop up pub’ events. The Black Horse Steering Group will also be there, sporting their “Save The Black Horse” t-shirts. Entry form for the run/walk page 10 of the July Dry Drayton Village Newsletter.

3. SAVE THE BLACK HORSE – Meeting Thursday 6 July, 8 pm, Dry Drayton School.

From The Black Horse Steering Group

Dear All,

Thanks to all who completed our survey. To date we have over 190 responses, well above what we hoped to receive. The response to our statement “Many pubs in the UK have been lost over recent years. We should save the Black Horse” was overwhelmingly positive at 95%. Response to other questions was equally encouraging of the BHSG’s efforts. The comments you added are also much appreciated. We’ll give you the full results of the survey at the public meeting on 6th July.

Background

Following the closure of the Black Horse Pub in Dry Drayton late last year, a group of enthusiastic individuals has formed the Black Horse Steering Group (BHSG) with the aim of saving what is the last remaining pub that used to be one of five others in the village. The aim is to buy the Grade II listed building which has operated as a pub since 1780, renovate it and install a suitable tenant to run it as part of a community based Social Enterprise. The initiative from the BHSG has already met with widespread approval from a variety of organisations such as the Plunkett Foundation, Pub is the Hub, CAMRA and local breweries. It is intended that the community owned venture serves the need of Dry Drayton above and beyond that traditionally offered by a “pub” and will potentially include a café, small store for essentials etc.

Awareness and feedback

Thus far the BHSG has organised various activities to raise awareness for the cause including presence at the recent Beer Festival in Cambridge. In order that a rejuvenated Black Horse can serve the local villages and communities effectively, we would encourage everyone from surrounding villages to take part in our survey and subscribe to our newsletter which can be accessed from our website http://www.savetheblackhorse.co.uk/survey/

Investment Opportunities

A Public Meeting will be held in Dry Drayton at the School Hall or adjacent marquee on Thursday 6th July 2017 at 8.00pm where the business plan for the pub will be presented along with details of very attractive opportunities for the people of local villages and communities to make investments or loans into the Social Enterprise. The BHSG would like to encourage anyone interested in such investments to attend the Public Meeting or register their interest through the website or email details shown below.

Non- Financial Contributors

You can certainly help by becoming a Black Horse Customer.

In addition to very helpful and informative meetings with the Plunkett Foundation and Pub is the Hub we have met up with some of the Steering Committee in Harlton who have been giving us the benefit of their experience. We were pleased to hear that they have just reached their target to purchase the Hare and Hounds. Harlton is half the size of Dry Drayton.

If you have further ideas for the pub, would like to help or have any other questions or thoughts please email us at info@savetheblackhorse.co.uk

Please help us to serve local villages and communities and save the Black Horse. All welcome at the Public Meeting on Thursday 6th July at 8pm.

Yours sincerely, The Black Horse Steering Group (Adrian Bennetton, Andrew Henderson, Ash Bavalia, Ed Fleming, James Adams, Judith Bennetton, Liz Callis, Rob Lunn and Robbie Hawkes) http://www.savetheblackhorse.co.uk Twitter/Facebook: @SaveBlackHorse invest@savetheblackhorse.co.uk

4. DRY DRAYTON VILLAGE NEWSLETTER –

July/August issue now out – pick up the links at: http://www.drydrayton.net/newsletter.asp to read online and see all the photos in colour. Contact drydraytonnews@gmail.com , deadline for September (the next) issue is 20 August 2017.

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Saving the Black Horse, The PC and Crime

  1. Saving the Black Horse – an update from Judith Bennetton [judithbennetton@gmail.com]

Since the last email in early May we have made a lot of progress.  The BHSG has  grown from 8 to 9  and we have a website and a facebook page and we’re on Twitter!

Do go to our website and see what we’ve been doing. https://www.savetheblackhorse.co.uk/ And the links to Facebook and Twitter are: https://www.facebook.com/SaveBlackHorse/ and https://twitter.com/SaveBlackHorse

Do you have any Black Horse photographs of times and events gone by whether it’s a darts team, pool team, Marquee Team, bus trip, birthday celebration, landlords/ladies, or anything you think could be of interest to others that you would you like to share?  Your photograph(s) wouldn’t even have to leave your possession.  You can take a photograph of your photograph and email it to me on savetheblackhorse.drydrayton@gmail.com or I can come and take a photograph of your photograph.

We are also looking for someone to be our press agent.  Could you interest the local press in our cause?  Why stop at local press?  Do you have any national press/TV contacts? If you think you can help, do get in touch.

If you’re not already on our supporters list would you like to be?  You can sign up on our ‘Save The Black Horse’ website or you can send it to me.  Of course we will not share your address with anyone without your permission.

Judith Bennetton BHSG

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  1. Parish Council Vacancy

 

There is a vacancy on the Parish Council following the resignation of Councillor Pryer, – please see the notice on their website at www.drydraytonPC.org.uk . If you are interested in joining the PC then please contact the Parish Clerk, Anita Cullum, clerk@drydraytonPC.org.uk

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  1. Crime in the village

48 local residents attended the crime prevention event in the Church on 10th May organised by Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator Graham Carver. Over 20 shed alarms were sold – (reminder – if you bought one, have you fitted it, or just left it somewhere in its box?). Meanwhile there have been a couple more crimes in the village over the last few weeks. Between 2.30pm 04/05/2017 and 7.30am on 05/05/2017, at Scotland Road, Dry Drayton, offenders attempted to gain entry to a property via the front door but have been unsuccessful leaving the door frame with a considerably amount of damage. Between 7.00pm on 17/05/2017 and 7.00am on 18/05/2017 at Park Street, Dry Drayton, a thief smashed the nearside quarter window on a stationary parked vehicle, nothing believed to have been taken.

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