Supporting Our Tenants during the Corona Virus

Everyone knows during this uncertain time businesses are being hit hard by the recommendations for social distancing and isolation.

Our tenants, Mark & Rachael are currently experiencing this. But ever the innovators they have launched a takeaway menu – including free delivery to those in certain areas!

Please see the menu below and support our local Pub.

The Plough at Normanton Cheers!

Update on the Air Hostess Upgrade!

We’re pleased to share this update and sneak peak into the work currently going on at the Air Hostess. Hopefully it will provide some entertainment and distraction from the current Corona Virus crisis!

Let us know what you think of the works so far!

Our 1 week Anniversary & Building Works Update

We’re a week into owning the pub and the planned improvements are going well!

We’re currently on Stage 1 of the Air Hostess renovations, during which we will be extending the kitchen, building a disabled toilet, updating the male and female toilet as well as some external renovations.

The blue circles highlight the areas in stage 1 of the renovation.

Renovation pictures so far:

Over the next few weeks we’ll continue to share pictures of the work being done, we’re excited to see the finish product!

The Building Works Begin!

As a part of our ambitious plans for The Air Hostess to become a pub which serves the community, we’re embarking on the first phase of improvement works within the Pub.

In this first phase we will be;

  • Extending and renovating the Kitchen
  • Renovating the Male and Female toilets
  • Installing a new Disabled Access toilet
  • Replacing and upgrading some of the windows and external panelling
  • Redecorating the Bar and Lounge areas

Here’s a sneak peak of how the work is going so far!

In the Press

Since announcing that we’ve purchased The Air Hostess we’ve been appearing in the local press again.

The West Bridgeford Wire published an article celebrating the purchase.

Plus our Secretary Rob Barrett and Rachael Hughes, one of our new tenants, featured on BBC Radio Nottingham. Click below to download the recording.

Thank you to both for featuring our community pub!

🥳 Proud Owners of The Air Hostess! 🥳

🥳 Proud Owners of The Air Hostess! 🥳

We are so pleased, happy and ecstatic to announce that The Air Hostess is now owned by the Tollerton Flying Club!

Tollerton Flying Club Chairman Matt Garrard getting the keys to the pub.

After months of hard work and dedication from the steering group and management committee, today we finally exchanged and completed on our purchase with Everads Brewery.

We have been amazed and overwhelmed with the support and positive reception there has been from people far and wide, from locals of Tollerton Village to far flung places around the world!

We’d like to give special mention to the following people, who have been instrumental in getting this purchase to completion.

  • Everyone on the Management Committee
  • Previous members of the steering group – Mark Jones, Martin Goodman and Steve King.
  • Tracy Longworth and Brian Cather for drawing up the plans for our new and improved pub.
  • Tim Ward at Everards and Matthew Hudson at Ancora Law for working on the sale.
  • Plunkett Foundation and Key Fund for providing some of the funding
  • And last but not least all our shareholders for investing in the Pub. 

We’re now looking forward to getting stuck in with improvement works within the pub, with an aim to get it up and running ready for the Summer sun!


A Poem from a Shareholder

A Poem from a Shareholder

Thank you to Sally Taylor for this wonderful little poem about our Community Pub.

Tollerton Community Hub
What is a community pub?
Is it the local people’s hub?
A place where they can all meet
For a drink and something nice to eat
A place to perhaps share a hobby
Or sit and relax and just be
Away from the stress and strain
To chat together or play a game
To taste a new beer or ale
A strong one or a wheaty pale
To set off in a jolly group
To create a new sporting troupe 
To have a go at craft or make
Something new or even bake
To learn a skill or hear a talk
Or find a friend for your dog walk
Lots of things our pub can be
But I like the idea of the BFG (best for grub)!
February 7th 2020 
Cheers Sally Taylor 

If you have any art, poetry or any creative work about the Community Pub we’d love to see it and share it on our website. Please email us and let us know.

🥳🌟🎉 £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! 🥂

One Week To Go!

Have you bought your share yet? We’ve got one week to go till the current share off closes, and we’re over half way to our target!

We’ve currently raised £94,000 towards our £170,000 target.

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If you’re interested in buying shares you can download the share document and application forms here.

Alternatively you could attend one of our 3 drop-in sessions remaining.

To get us in the festive mood and celebrate the last 2 weeks of the share offer we have created the 14 days of Sharemas (to the tune of 12 Days of Christmas)

On the 9th Day of Sharemas My True Love gave to Me;

9 Ladies Lunching

8 Ball a-playing

7 Garden Parties

6 Kids a-playing

5 Gold Shares

4 Sunday Roasts

3 Hot Drinks

2 Local Ales

And the Air Hostess for Our Community!

Future at The Air Hostess – Part 5

Future at The Air Hostess – Part 5

As published in the December 2019 edition of the Tollerton Newsletter. Written by Steve King.

Future of the Air Hostess – Part 5

Since the last newsletter the pressure on the Community Pub Steering Group has been fairly intense. A Business Plan and Share Offer documentation together with Feasibility Plans that indicate potential ways to improve the pub have all been created. Articles have been written for the Local Nottingham Camra Group newsletter and its national award winning Nottingham Drinker magazine and also for the Nottingham Post. Interviews have been given to BBC Radio Nottingham. Leaflets containing information about the Share Launch event were distributed to households by Parma’s newspaper deliverers. These leaflets were also distributed to many individuals attending the Scout Hut Bonfire Night and to parents collecting their children at the school. Information from the Evening Post article and the Share Launch event leaflet have been posted to each of the village notice boards. Information has been posted to the Tollerton Community Pub web site and to Facebook.

To comply with the submission deadline for the December newsletter this article was written in mid November, in the week before the Share Launch event held at Tollerton School at 7.30 pm on 20th November that I mentioned in last month’s newsletter.

I hope those of you who are interested in the future of the pub were able to attend the share launch event and were able to support the purchase of the pub for the community by buying shares.

The Business Plan, the Share Offer documentation together with Feasibility Plans that indicate potential ways to improve the pub were all available to read and view. Steering group members presented material that discussed the history and value of the Air Hostess, survey details, negotiations, the business plan and the share offer.

If you were unable to attend the meeting but are interested in purchasing shares, material will be presented online at: and shorter items at:

Similarly how much has been raised will be displayed (and updated) on the facebook page (see previous paragraph for link). For those who like to see physical rather than digital items this information will be prominently displayed (and updated) in the window of the parish rooms.

As was explained at the share launch event there are be a number of drop-in Q&A and pledge sessions for those who did not complete a purchase of shares at the launch event. These drop-in Q&A and pledge sessions are also for those who are interested in purchasing shares but were unable to attend the launch event on the 20th November.

Please feel free to come and discuss any issues you have relating to the purchase of shares at these sessions. The date, time and venues for these drop-in Q&A and pledge sessions are:
Wed. 27th November 2pm-3pm. Also 7pm-8pm (both sessions, Parish Rooms)
Wed. 4th December 2pm-3pm. Same day 7pm-7.30pm (both sessions, Parish Rooms)
Thur. 12th December All Day (Election Day) (Methodist Church)
Sat. 14th December 10pm-12pm (Brunch with Santa) (Tollerton Primary School)
Wed. 18th December 2pm-4pm, 7pm-10pm (Village Carol Concert) (Parish Rooms)

Please note you can also pledge by post to Tollerton Community Trust, 40-42 Burnside Grove, Tollerton, Nottingham NG12 4EB. The appropriate forms are available on the website at

If you ever lose this copy of the newsletter but want to reference its content (or any of the previous newsletter articles written under the ‘Future of the Air Hostess’ title) online copies can be found at

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