Winterbourne Bassett is a small village of around 160 people in Wiltshire, about 6 miles southwest of Swindon and 7 miles northwest of Marlborough.
Previously known at The White Horse, the village pub had closed in October 2017. The villagers formed the Winterbourne Bassett Community Pub Society and raised £450,000 from private investors, a grant from the ‘More Than a Pub’ scheme and loans from Co-operative and Community Finance to buy the freehold for the pub and run it themselves.
It has been trading now for nearly a year and the committee have employed an experienced couple, Roger and Emie Hawkshaw, to run the day to day side of the operation.
There are still plenty of improvements to complete over the next twelve months but the community have made an excellent start.
The community approached Pub is The Hub for advice and applied for a Community Services Fund grant for a community garden project. The funding helped towards clearing the pub garden, preparing the ground and purchasing some play equipment to be installed.
There is still more work to be done on the garden but the main play equipment has be installed, more fencing will be in place as time goes on and footpaths are also being laid from the seating areas, the play area is now open to the public.
Lessons to Learn
Although it’s lovely to see children using the pub garden play area, the safety aspect of the project will always add to the cost of completing the play area.
|Total Project Costs||£5,000|
|Contribution from the community||£2,000|
|Pub is The Hub’s Community Services Fund grant||£3,000|