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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Parrot found in Dry Drayton

A pet parrot has been found in the village and has taken up temporary residence with Scottie Hawkes. If it is yours, or you know someone who may have lost a parrot, please contact Scottie on 01954 780633 or scottiehawkes@gmail.com
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DryDrayton.net Village E-Mails – Visit to RHS Flower Show

Hilary Hurst is organising a coach trip to the new Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show at Chatsworth on Thursday 8th June and two places have become available. The cost of coach and entry is £42.50 per person. If you are interested in attending, please contact Hilary on 01954 781042 or e-mail hilaryhurst@btinternet.com for more details.
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Crime Prevention and Saving the Black Horse

Village E-mails, the pub, litter, and crime

Dear All,

The Village Pub and other strategic issues – keeping up to date

The Annual Parish Meeting and the Dry Drayton Parish Council Meeting were both held on the 18th April. If you were unable to attend, you can now read the minutes of both meetings on the Parish Council’s website at www.drydraytonpc.org.uk

Litter Picking – from Annie Harley.

Thank you to everyone who helped with the litter pick on Easter Saturday. Between us we collected 16 bags of rubbish. Special thanks must go to the Isett family who cleared the area within the 30 mph limit at Scotland farm. Judging from what they found, it hadn’t been cleared for a very long time. Thanks must also go to Miriam who walked past the Village Hall as we were assembling, and immediately volunteered to help, and to the Irishes, who cleared Oakington road with me, and then turned out again two days later to clear Five Bells corner by the A 14 – which was briefly pristine, before the coffee cups and drinks cans appeared again.  Prize find of the day was a functioning I-pad, found in the gutter in Oakington Rd and now returned to its very relieved owner.

I know several others regularly pick rubbish up as they come across it, so I hope that with everyone’s help we can keep the village looking smart all summer. Annie Harley

Crime in the Village

We continue to receive the unwanted attention of thieves. Between 7pm on 15/04/2017 and 3.30pm on 19/04/2017 at Scotland Road, Dry Drayton, a burglar forced entry to a shed and stole two lawn mowers. Please be vigilent and report anything of concern to our village Neighbourhood Watch representatives.

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