Originally published in the June 2020 edition of the Tollerton Newsletter. For up to date pictures of the refurbishment works currently ongoing at the Air Hostess, please see our new Gallery page.
Who would have thought back in February when we successfully purchased the pub that by June we’d be in the middle of a global pandemic and the pub would yet to have opened? Whilst we still can’t enjoy a pint in our pub, we can at least provide you all with an update of our progress.
Renovations & Extension
As many of you will have noticed, we are full steam ahead with the extension of the Air Hostess pub. There was a time when bricks and supplies were hard to get hold of due to the lockdown but this has now been resolved. The works on the inside have continued as planned, with a new colour scheme, entrance and toilets. Our hope is the extension will now continue, with works on the car park, petanque pitches and garden to follow in the next few weeks.
Our current aim is to get as much completed as possible before the potential reopening of pubs by the Government in mid-July. Throughout the works our aim to complete them as safely as possible, adhering to current Covid19 guidance.
Covid19 and the lockdown has resulted in a huge strain on the hospitality industry. Our aim has always been to work closely with our tenants to ensure the future of our community pub. A part of this has been accessing available funding whilst planning for possible future scenarios. We are confident that we can weather this storm with Mark & Rachael.
“We were so close! And of course gutted when the lockdown was announced, pulling the rug from what would have been a fabulous weekend for the long-awaited re-opening of ‘The Stess’.
Frustrating as it is, we’ve certainly been busy behind the scenes and it’s been great to see the building work carrying on at pace, notwithstanding the current restrictions and logistical obstacles to overcome. It’s also been great to chat and share everyone’s enthusiasm for all things Air Hostess when we’ve been out and about in the village.
So all being well, when the pubs are given the green light to reopen, the work will be completed, the sun will still be shining and we’ll be looking forward to welcoming you all sooner rather than later – in whatever form that may be!
Rach, Mark and the Team.”
Shares & Sneak Peaks
We’d also like to remind everyone that it is still possible to purchase shares in the community pub. For more information and pictures of the renovations please visit www.tollertontrust.org.uk or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us on Facebook, searching for Tollerton Community Pub or The Air Hostess in the search bar.
The Tollerton Flying Club Management Committee