Well there is now a touch of spring in the air and many of the bulbs which we planted at the end of last year are now starting to poke their heads up through the grass. There should be a good show of colour, despite it being the first year for many of the bulbs. The snowdrops are already in full bloom and some progress has been made with clearing the grounds of Ivy House Farm which had been derelict for years.
This bodes well for the efforts of the Best Kept Village team.
However, the one sad point for the village, is seeing the pub close yet again - the Shoulder of Mutton is well known as a once thriving pub which drew people from miles around, and yet again, the current landlord has thrown in the towel and left.
Enterprise Inns have moved in a temporary caretaker and are inviting offers of around £400K for the pub (which is quite a saving on its previous figure of around £600K). In the meantime, a temporary tenant is being sought and it gives a good opportunity, with rent of only £1 pw, plus the ability to purchase beer from any brewery and a contribution of £200pw from Enterprise Inns towards the bills). This could even be the chance to bring back real ales to the pub and link up with one of the small micro-breweries.
If only I were a drinker and able to understand the differences in beers etc, I would be tempted myself!
The Shoulder of Mutton now offers an excellent business opportunity for someone wanting to bring new life to a classic country pub.