I went to the village pub, today

UPDATE: The pub is now open!

Gilly Foulds, the owner of The Horse and Groom, Tunstead, invited me to take a look around to see how work is progressing towards its (hopefully) Late May opening.

When I arrived the place was a hive of activity, with builders, trades people, and pub staff buzzing to and fro with tasks allotted by Gilly, a very hands-on project manager. Her project management skills are not insignificant, as demonstrated by the large team that were there. Today there were a dozen people, and at the peak of the alteration work there have been over 16 people all with separate jobs, but surprisingly not getting in each other’s way. The end of May opening appears to be a real possibility; so watch this space.

The focus of the current work is the pub including the kitchen and dining area. Head chef Carl Spelman was busy moving in, carrying stacks of plates.  Gilly took me on a guided tour, starting at the main entrance. To the right will be a cosy family room. This is important as Gilly wants a place in which families will feel welcome and comfortable, so child-friendly soft-play items will be available in an outside area that will complement the family room.

Turning left at the front door brings you inside the main area of the pub where the bar, of course, takes centre stage with a darts board area, as well as tables and chairs where people can pop in, sit down, and have a drink.

Beyond the bar is the dining area for those who would like to eat. There will be wholesome food, using locally supplied ingredients whenever possible. The menu will be straight-forward, but will not follow the usual pub fare found in pub chains.

The general fit-out has tried to maintain the features of the original building with beams, fireplaces and varnished floors. The fireplaces will have wood-burning stoves, instead of open fires. Good use has been made of the many rooms, for both the public and the private areas.

Outside, there will be a seating area and a small turfed area reflecting the intimate nature of the pub. This is at the front of the property and is surrounded on two sides by the building, as well as being set back from the road. The car park makes good use of the available space each side of the access way to Groomsmere Court. There is a bottle bank for the use of village residents. This will be managed by the parish council where income from the sale of the glass will be given to the Tunstead Village Hall Charity.

The pub can be contacted on 01603737555 or Email info@tunsteadhorseandgroom.co.uk

reposted 31/5/17
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Outside Working Party

Our Parish Church; St Mary’s Tunstead, is organising an outside working party for Saturday 20th May 2017, from 10:00am.

We are hoping for lots of people to lend a hand on that morning to tidy-up the area surrounding our parish church. St Mary’s is one of the most magnificent churches in the district, and owes its being to the money donated by merchants of the medieval wool trade. These days, people come from miles around to view it, photograph it and to be within its walls for peace and reflection.

It would be great if the residents of the village, not just the local worshipers, help to tidy up the church grounds. Having well maintained surroundings to the church will be good for the reputation of the village, as visitors will take away memories and photographs showing a wonderful church sitting in cared-for grounds.

If you can spare an hour please come along. If you can bring tools such as spades, forks and hoes with you, so much the better. There will be refreshments to keep you going so no need to bring a thermos flask.

issued 3/5/17
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Yard Sale – 2017

Tunstead will be holding its popular annual Yard Sale on Sunday 7th May 2017.

There will be approximately 20 houses participating in the event which runs from 9am  until midday.

If you wish to participate as a seller then please contact Wendy on 01603 783377.

Maps for location of the houses participating in the yard sale will be available from the portacabin on the recreation ground. Toilets and Teas will also be available there.

issued 25/4/17
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Well done mop and bucket crew

It was Mop and Bucket Day on Sunday 23rd April. It was time to give the buildings on the Recreation Ground a spruce-up ready for the season’s activities. So the changing rooms and the main building were tended to by a small, but dedicated team of volunteers. So thanks go to the team; Wendy, two Christines, Neil, Lisa, Poppy, Tilly and Clive.

The morning was pleasant and mild, just right to enable the team to sweep, dust, wash and polish the insides of the buildings. We turned up around 10:00am and set-to dividing into three parties; one cleaning the main hall, another team tackling the shower rooms, and Neil acting as handyman; hammering and screwing anything that needed fixing. Neil was helped by his two children; who spent some of their time testing the play equipment on the recreation ground. Wendy kept the teas and coffees flowing in-between her cleaning duties knowing that refreshments would be welcomed by everyone.

 By lunch-time the main tasks had been completed, and a to-do list had been compiled. The cobwebs were gone. The dust diminished. Floors swept and washed, and the walls wiped over.

The team thought the buildings looked just right for acting as the base for the yard sale on May 7th, and the Fête on June 11th.

There are still one or two repair and replace jobs left to do, so we would like volunteers to come forward and lend a hand. Please contact Wendy directly, or though this web site, if you can spare some time to help out.

issued 24/4/17
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