For those of you who haven’t (yet) plugged into our new Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/thebrookinnwashbrook here are some nostalgic pictures of the Brook from a few years back. We plan to paint it a similar colour but the budget probably won’t stretch to repainting the signs green. Look good though, don’t they? Thanks to shareholder Adrian Hutchings for sending them in.
As of today, there is a new Brook Inn Facebook page which we will be updating regularly. If you’re a shareholder, customer, villager or whateverer please do visit the site below and ‘Like’ the page to boost our presence.
As explained at the shareholders’ meeting, the website man is away on holiday at the moment so we’ll have to wait a little longer for a revamped site. In the meantime keep up to date with the new page https://www.facebook.com/thebrookinnwashbrook
The Brook Inn featured in both the East Anglian Daily Times and the BBC today. The EADT version hasn’t been put up electronically but here is the BBC versionhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-29109499
Thanks to all those who attended the volunteers’ afternoon today and contacted us via email and forms offering their time and services. Some tasks have been allocated to be undertaken over the next few weeks.
There is still plenty to do around the pub so please do come forward if you think you can contribute. At the moment it is more general work but we are working towards upgrading the inside of the pub which we believe – actually, we know – most people think needs desperate attention.
In the meantime if anyone knows a certified electrician or CORGI-registered plumber who could offer their services for some small-ish jobs at the Brook, can they contact Andrew Burl or Keith Armes whose contact details are on the Home page under…Contact.
Back The Brook Ltd
Minutes of the General Meeting held Thursday 4th September 2014
The meeting commenced at 7.30 pm
Directors present: Keith Armes, Ian Evans, David Lincoln, Alan Amphlett Lewis, Andrew Burl
There were no nominations for new directors and the five existing directors were approved by the meeting.
Ian Evans opened the meeting with a general welcome and update of progress. He thanked Simon Bissett, George Wiseman and Amanda Males for their work as committee members and he thanked Sue Bush for her support in issuing the share certificates.
He noted the appointment of the new Manager, Mr David Clarke, and the new chef, Mr Nigel Paul, both of whom are experienced in the pub and restaurant trade.
Alan Amphlett Lewis introduced the enterprise investment scheme (EIS), explaining the tax benefits and setting out the conditions of the scheme.
David Lincoln advised that £373,000 had been raised from investors and there were 90 shareholders. He then outlined the expenditure to date in broad terms £290,000 urchase price for the pub, in addition there was stamp duty of over £10,000 and vat of £52,000. The vat will be recovered in October. So far £15,000 – £20,000 in set up costs. He said that board policy was to keep £30,000 to cover contingencies. With the development ideas to improve facilities and décor, the share offer would remain open until at least the £400,000 was achieved.
Keith Armes and Andrew Burl are overseeing the revamping of the pub. It was pointed out that Punch Taverns had not invested in the upkeep since they took the pub over. Keith stated that a large number of volunteers had come forward and the intention was to allocate small tasks to be carried out as soon as possible. Closing the pub for 2 or 3 days in January is being considered in order to re do the interior.
The meeting was then thrown over to the investors to raise questions and make suggestions on how to ensure the pub`s success. The new management have worked tirelessly to get the pub open in the last week and the ideas put forward will be considered as the business progresses.
On behalf of the Directors, Ian Evans said that any suggestions and queries and indeed rumours relating to the pub could always be raised and discussed with the Directors.
The meeting ended at 8.40 pm.
Following an appeal for volunteers, we will be descending on the pub on Sunday 7th September at 3pm to allocate jobs to improve the outside of the pub.
If you have a few hours to spare and want to take on some light gardening, painting, general clearing up – please do come along because many hands make light work.
The more shareholders, villagers and pub-goers can help, the more money we’ll save to spend on the jobs we will have to employ contractors for like the painting of the higher outside walls, flooring inside and toilets.
So come on…there’s no footie on the box and it’s still warm so ‘come on down’.
Around 70 people attended the first Brook Inn shareholders’ general meeting on Thursday night where they were updated on the recent purchase and future plans.
After a presentation by the five directors – Ian Evans, Alan Amphlett Lewis, David Lincoln, Andrew Burl and Keith Armes – investors asked a range of questions on the new pub management, finance, publicity and renovation plans for the inside and outside of the Brook which everyone agreed desperately needed a facelift.
The meeting lasted around an hour and a quarter. The minutes will be available in due course for shareholders who were unable to attend.