The Old Boot is closed at the moment.
Below is a statement sent out by the group looking at a Community buy out. 18th April 2020.
Dear Resident and fellow pub enthusiast,
Thank you for responding to our flyer back in February, seeking interest in keeping the village pub (formerly The Rose & Crown) in Wellington open.
Sorry it has taken a little while to get back to you. Events globally and locally have rather overtaken us!
Nevertheless, things have been happening behind the scenes. A small team of residents have already come together and done some homework to identify the options open to the village and their costs and benefits.
We have contacted the Plunkett Foundation, who help villages acquire their pubs and can provide grants (up to £50,000 and loans up to £50,000) and have met with people who have bought their local pub and made a success of it. The Community Boot Inn at Orleton is a example of the community buying the pub. More information on this link; https://www.thecommunitybootinn.co.uk/
The next step is to hold a public meeting of all those interested in keeping the pub, to share our findings and to agree a way forward. We will organise this meeting once lockdown is over and it is safe to do so.
The owner of The Wellington/The Old Boot pub building has been fully appraised of the work in progress and plans and he is very understanding and wants to work with us in the future.
We will contact you again as soon as we can safely hold the public meeting. Please look out for the announcement and keep safe in the meantime.
With best wishes, stay safe and take care,
From all of the Members of the Community Pub for Wellington 2020 Initial Interest Group.
Email contact; firstname.lastname@example.org
Correspondence; c/o Khotla, Wellington, HR4 8AT