We have received planning approval for the initial work to be undertaken on the Peterborough Arms. This includes a new entrance from the car park into the end of the skittle alley wide enough for wheelchairs and the provision of a toilet for the disabled. These two items will make the pub DDA compliant, a legal necessity before opening any part of the pub. Permission also includes a new window in the skittle alley area to bring in more natural light and an enlarged car park. Skittles’ fans can be reassured that the new door and window will not affect the alley!
Now we have to raise the funds to carry out the work. We were grateful to have received two donations recently- one from IWA Avon and Wilts Branch, one from IWA central as the Wilts & Berks share of the 2014 Grand Draw monies and a cheque from the auctioneers – proceeds of the sale of the bric-a-brac that had been left in the pub when we purchased it. A bid for some funds has been submitted to Malmesbury Area Board (yes we are just in their area) to be decided on 4th March and we have also asked Dauntsey Parish Council for a contribution. I am looking around for some other grants to apply for. We have also put out a call for volunteers who are skilled trades people to help with the plumbing, carpentry, and tiling of the disabled toilet.
On Tuesday night Paul Lenaerts and I attended the Waterways Working Group in Melksham to talk through the plans for Melksham. Representatives from Semington Parish Council were included as they had previously not been able to attend local talks about the plans. There was good support for our plans and a desire to get started soon!
On Wednesday evening the Trust Finance and Admin committee met at Wichelstowe, courtesy of Waitrose, for their monthly meeting. As usual it was well attended with a lot on the Agenda. Among the items discussed was Studley Grange, the new landing stage at Wichelstowe, Peterborough Arms, an IT review, maintenance policy, ideas to promote membership and above all having the finances to do it all!
Before I “put down my pen” I must say that I am disappointed not to have received any enquiries about the vacancy for a project leader for the Studley Grange Wildlife Trail that was advertised in Dragonfly. There is some funding available for this part time opportunity – I am looking for someone who can work with volunteer groups, schools and the local community with an interest in wildlife and ecology to promote this very special site.