Future of the Air Hostess – Part 6

Article first published in the Tollerton Village Newsletter, January 2020 Edition. Written by Steve King.

As most of you will know, efforts that started back in mid-April and ended in mid-October, concluded with the village being given permission by Everards Brewery, to attempt to purchase the Air Hostess as a community pub.

The following month saw the preparation of materials for a share launch presentation event, held at Tollerton School on Wednesday 20th November. The idea was to present a vision of a future community pub that villagers could be excited by, and support where possible.

Over 200 people attended. They learnt that the price for purchasing the pub (and land) was £295,000 and of plans for upgrades and improvements, that would lead to additional costs. The details of the intended access to loans and grants, to aid the purchase of the pub were also outlined.

It was explained that it was hoped villagers would play an important role in applying for shares capital of up to £170,000 in value. This figure consisted of £50,000 to buy the pub and a further £120,000 intended to be used to provide an upgraded pub, that the community could be proud of. The share offer would be open from November 20th to December 18th. The reaction at the event was very positive with many expressing gratitude for the efforts in gaining the village the opportunity to purchase its pub.

A second smaller launch event was held at the Parish Rooms on Sunday 8th December for those who were interested but unable to attend the original school event.

As I write this on the 12th December (prior to a pre-Christmas print deadline for the newsletter of December 11th), there are 8 days until the Share Offer closing date. We have so far raised more than £86,000 in Share Capital, more than halfway to our target.

By the time you read this, the Share Offer closing date will have passed and the amount raised will have risen further. The nearer the money raised is to the target of £170,000, the more the number of planned improvements that will be financed.

The final figure raised will be well publicised around the village and online at: https://tollertontrust.org.uk/ and https://www.facebook.com/TollertonCommunityPub/ site.

I think the sums raised are heartwarming and I know the steering group would like to give a massive thank you to each of you who have turned out at events and especially to those who have contributed by buying shares. The first tranche of emails thanking those who’ve brought shares have been sent out and all who buy shares who in due course be sent such an email.

A New Tenant for a New Start

A New Tenant for a New Start

We’re excited to finally share some amazing news with you.

Since day one question everyone on the steering committee has been asked again and again,

Who’s going to be the next tenant of the Air Hostess?

Over the last few months we have had the pleasure of speaking with several potential tenants. Each one presented great ideas and enthusiasm for our community pub, but one in particular stood out.  

We’re are now pleased to announce that Mark & Rachael Hughes from the Plough in Normanton will be joining the Tollerton Flying Club family. 

Steering Committee members Matt, Ant & Rob great the new Tenants Mark & Rachael

If you’re local to Tollerton you will probably know Mark and Rachael have achieved fantastic things over at the Plough. Over the last few year they have been awarded Best Public House 2019, Best Dining Pub 2019, Second Place with Special Mention Special Recognition Award, and Runners Up for Best Sunday Lunch.

Both Rachael and Mark are local to Tollerton and really understand our wishes for a pub which focuses on families, food and beer! They currently run a whole host of community events and activities from the Plough and they’re excited to take this a step further with the Air Hostess. 

Furthermore their experience of bringing a pub back to life will prove invaluable to the future success of the Air Hostess and together we aim to have the pub open by early March. We’ve still got the paperwork to do but as you can see they’re already getting stuck in behind the bar, checking the beer!

Mark & Rachael – Our new Tenants

Hi Tollerton

Now that the news is out, we want to say that we are over the moon that we’ve been successful in our tender to run The Air Hostess. The ‘Stess is close to our hearts as it’s where Rachael pulled her first pint and Mark’s first ‘stomping ground’.  So now, we are really excited with this new opportunity and can’t wait to work with the community to establish a successful and thriving pub for Tollerton. We look forward to seeing you in The ‘Stess when we open and will be sharing more news over the coming weeks, but for now, cheers!

Mark and Rach

From our time spent with Mark and Rachael, it was clear their passion for great service and the pub industry made selecting them the obvious choice. So we hope you will all join us in welcoming them and their staff to the Air Hostess.

We’d also like to remind you that we’re still working towards a target of £170,000. We’ve raised enough to purchase the pub but we would really love to create the dream environment our village and our new tenants deserve! 

The share offer will close on the 31st January. 

You can purchase top up shares at £50 a share, and shares can now be purchased for children and young people. Plus there are options for business sponsorship and donations – please either email communitypub@tollertontrust.org.uk or attend one of our drop in sessions for details. 

🥳🌟🎉 £139,350 🎉🌟🥳

🥳🌟🎉 £139,350 🎉🌟🥳

Wow! Just wow 🤩, we did it! We’ve raised more than enough to purchase the pub. 🍻

Thank you  😀

Thank you to the 283 people who have purchased shares.

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered their time, shared information and promoted our cause to friends and family.

Thank you to everyone who have supported this project so far and have believed in the Community Pub.

We’re still a little bit short of the ideal total to transform the pub into a community facility we’re all proud, and new applications for share can still be made.

But we can go into Christmas confident that we’ve saved the Air Hostess for the village – what a fantastic early Christmas 🎄 present 🎁.

The Steering Committee are going to take a little rest of the festive period, which your Facebook feeds and post boxes will probably be pleased to hear about! 😄

We will be back in the New Year with what happens next and how we complete the final push! 🥂

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