Work in progress in the garden

Work in progress in the garden

More great progress in the garden last weekend. Thanks to Paul Wilkinson who organised the hire machinery and masterminded the gang to safely feed the bracken branches and vines. #healthandsafety

Gary Bradbury planted up the bed between the shed and the tea rooms with a range of shrubs from his end of season stock.
The remains of the old toilet block were uncovered when the vines and overgrown weeds were cut back. The brick work which is badly damaged was deemed a hazard and screened off with ‘ keep out’ tape. A group of volunteers are now dismantling the remaining bricks. We also finally discovered the Bat and Trap concrete trap fixing, and will be getting the pitch ready for next seasons league when Bat and Trap will return to the Chequers.

The lack of rain means grass growth has halted and until we get some rain volunteers will be mowing less frequently but as necessary.
A big thanks to the gang – Paul Wilkinson, Gary Bradbury, Jon and Sandra Scatchard, David and Jane Greaves

If you want to volunteer to come and help us, please visit the link below.

Tenant Required to Run Our Community Pub

The Chequer Inn Ash Society are now searching for a suitable tenant with a passion for the community, to run our village owned pub with a vision to serve the heart of our community.

We are seeking to appoint a like-minded tenant who will work, in collaboration with us, to provide a high quality food and drink offering with the opportunity to develop all aspects of the business.

Key features…

  • Historic village inn in the heart of the village
  • Spacious bar, dining area with kitchen and living accommodation refurbished to a high standard
  • Large garden with opportunities
  • Free of tie on wines, beers, spirits and minerals
  • Three year traditional tenancy agreement
  • Fully supported by Community partners

Whilst the Chequer Inn Ash Society Ltd owns the asset, the day to day pub business will be in the hands of a tenant. We would want to work closely with them to realise the potential of this historic pub and to ensure we meet criteria set down by our funders. Last year, the Plunkett Foundation published a report on community co-operative pubs. The research showed that none of these pubs had closed since becoming community pubs, maintaining an impressive 100% survival rate. 

Our Community Pub will be a welcoming and friendly environment to locals and visitors alike. Hundreds of villagers saved the pub from redevelopment. They want the business to succeed and will support it with their custom.

If you are interested in ensuring The Chequer Inn is ‘more than a pub’, send a CV with a 200 word covering letter explaining why you would make the ideal tenant, and email to 


Our first steps in the Pub as the new owners

Our first steps in the Pub as the new owners

Just over a month ago we first stepped foot inside The Chequer Inn after the community bought our village amenity. This short video documents the Commitees first visit to The Chequers in April to plan what was required in the renovation period. Over the last month, we have been hard at work generally tidying up to make it safe, fixing the roof, clearing and cleaning the cellar, but there still is a long way to go!
If you have contacted us volunteering to help with the renovation via our official form, we will be in touch soon.

Our First Open Day

Our First Open Day

Thanks to all that visited our Open Day yesterday to view the pub before restoration and refurbishment begins in the pub and garden. It was lovely to chat to you all about the project, and thank you for your support and suggestions.
Please contact us if you can commit in any way if you couldn’t make it yesterday.

Successful Open Day – May 2018

Successful Open Day – May 2018

In the first month since gaining access to the property, volunteers have been clearing the site in preparation for extensive refurbishment over the summer period. 

To show off the pub to the village, we decided to hold an open day on 5th May 2018 which attracted over 150 residents, all keen to offer their help and skills to the project. Visitors were able to “Walk Through” the pub guided by members of the Committee to see how the building looked before any refurbishment took place.

We are very grateful to all that came and showed interest. For anyone else who would like to offer their services, please fill out the form HERE

First Video Tour of Chequer Inn

Here is a short video documenting our first visit around The Chequer Inn after we bought the pub at the end of April. A lot of work is needed to be done, and already volunteers are coming forward to help.

If you would like to Volunteer to help, then please contact us via our form HERE