Notice of Public Meeting   Posted 14th July 2018

Friends of the White Lion are invited to a  public Meeting  on Wednesday, 18th July 2018 at 7pm in Ash Village Hall. 

At the meeting we will provide an update on the purchase and refurbishment of the White Lion,Our plans for serving good food and our ideas to make the White Lion ‘more than a PUB’
We will update the issue of share certificates, answer questions and be available (ideally in the White Lion!) for discussion after the meeting.


 Completion of the purchase of the White Lion to take place on 27 April 2018 Posted 11th April 2018

We are now looking for volunteers to help with the renovation of the pub and garden. Whatever your talents we will be interested.


 Pub Manager and Chef Appointed Posted 12th February 2018

We have now appointed the Manager and the Chef who will both be central to making our Community Pub a success.


Graham Holroyd will take on the role of Pub Manager. He and his wife Anne will be known to many of you as they successfully ran The Old Town Vaults in Whitchurch. Their expertise and passion for the local community will be a great asset and I am delighted that Graham and Anne are keen to be part of the community in Ash and that they will be living in the accommodation above the pub.


Our Chef will be Ben Foulger who brings great enthusiasm and a passion for home cooked, locally sourced menus and is determined to build on the White Lion’s reputation for great food. Ben is currently the Sous Chef in a well known pub in Chester. Growing up he lived at Brown Moss, he still lives locally and is committed to the community.


Both Graham and Ben were appointed through an open and fair recruitment process with the involvement of a number of members of the Management Committee and representatives of the Community. Our decision was unanimous, and I am sure you will all extend a warm welcome to Ben and Graham when they take up their posts.


We are keen to firm up a completion date for taking over the pub and both sets of Solicitors are working towards a date in mid-April. We will keep you informed.


Our big focus now is getting ready to run the White Lion; – from initial refurbishment to insurance, registration and health and safety and many more aspects, we need to have all plans in place and there is a lot of detailed planning and work taking place.


Please watch out for further updates and requests for help and how you can get more involved.


As always, many thanks for all your support – it really is appreciated.

Sent on behalf of Judith Griffin

Chair of The Save The White Lion Ash Community Pub Ltd


HMRC Advance Assurance for SITR   Posted 3rd February 2018

We now have a letter from HMRC confirming Advanced Assurance for SITR

Notice to share purchasers   Posted 1st February 2018

We are now proceeding with the purchase of The White Lion subject to contract, to enable us to do this all outstanding cheques will be cashed on Friday 9th February 2018. So please check the funds are in place. Thank you for your wonderful support.

Progress to date   Posted 1st February 2018

To date we have raised an incredible £200,000 from the local community and have received £100,000 in grant and loan funding which means we are able buy The White Lion. BUT we still need £20,000 to provide working capital to meet initial running costs. This could be met by loans that have to be paid back, we would prefer to raise the money by share sales or donations.

If you are in a position to buy a share or to increase the investment you have already made please:-

Email: [email protected]

Telephone  01948667903

or fill in and return a shares application form. These can be collected from the bar at The White Lion or downloaded from  this website.


Notice of Public Meeting   Posted 9th January 2018

A public Meeting will be held on Thursday, 1st February 2018 at 7pm in Ash Village Hall. 

Please come along to hear a full update on progress to date, our plans and timescales and also how you can get involved and help make our Community Pub a success.
We will try to answer any questions you may have and will welcome feedback, ideas and suggestions..


Share Purchasing  Posted 9th January 2018

The committee have extended the share sales period to 31st of January 2018 to allow for outstanding pledges to be honoured and for share purchasers to take further advantage of the generous tax arrangements.

Ways to Pay

As we move into the third week of our share offer we are starting to receive monies from many of you either through BACs payments into our bank account or by you letting us have a cheque. Many thanks to all of you who have already given your money.

We have now held three drop-in sessions, where several people have been able to ask questions about the share offer. A common question has been – “When will you cash the cheques?”

This is probably of interest to many of you, so to clarify – Cheques will not be cashed until the closing date of the share offer and only then if we have met our minimum fundraising target of £220,000 (in shares or donations).

Therefore if you prefer to pay by cheque rather that make a BACs payment we will keep your cheque safe and will not cash it unless and until we are able to formalise purchase of the White Lion. This would not be prior to 9 January 2018 and would probably be later in the month. We do, however, need your cheque or BACs payment ASAP so that we can see how much money is being raised and whether we will be in a position to buy the pub. NB – if you do pay by cheque we will let you have a weeks notice of when we intend to bank them so that if needed you can manage the transaction.

Note also that if we do not meet our target and are unable to purchase the White Lion your cheques would be returned to you or destroyed.

When making payment please do not forget to fill in a shares application form which can be downloaded from the website or picked up at the White Lion.

Our next drop in session is at the White Lion on Wednesday 20 December between 6 and 8 pm so please come along if you have any queries or just want to chat things through.


Gift Certificates
Lots of you kind supporters of our campaign to ‘Save the White Lion’ are buying shares for friends and family as a gift, either for Christmas or just because they are special to you! We have, therefore, drafted a gift certificate that you can personalise and have something you can give to the recipient in advance of us issuing the share certificates.
If you want one or more gift certificates please let us know ASAP so that these can be prepared and given to you. All contact details are on the website or ask a member of the management committee or come along to a drop in session.