With the permission of Mr Fairfield, the following is a copy of an email that he has sent to the Parish Council this week, which it is felt will be of general interest to all our readers:
Dear Parish Council
I am writing to inform you of the work being carried out at The George Inn. I have recently become the owner of the Inn, and have been living in the village of Wilby for a few months now. I would like to make you aware of the positive plans for the future of the property.
I closed the bar some months ago due to unfortunate circumstances , i.e. undesirables from outside the village, fighting on the premises and using drugs. This is totally unacceptable, in my opinion, and I am sure, is yours. I believe the pub should be at the heart of the community, where the customers can enjoy the friendly environment, feel safe and relax.
Given that The George has a history of several landlords , the only way forward is converting the stables attached to the bar, back to accommodation. Reasons for this, is purely business acumen. The pub wasn’t able to survive without additional revenue and for this reason we must go forward to survive as a long term business with selected overnight accommodation and keep The George as a traditional Village Inn. I have many years experience in pub and accommodation industry and i work closely with third parties in this field including booking.com.
The work is ongoing and the major projects are the re-wiring of the electrics and the roof of the pub. I am working closely with a local architect and Wellingborough Council to restore all aspects of the property back to a traditional Inn , including employing a local specialist in stone masonry to restore the exterior walls back to the original feature.
I think it is paramount to the success of the business and village for the pub to be part of the local community
Over the last few months I have been opening the gate early in the morning to allow parents of the local school to park. This is to stop congestion and to stop cars parking outside residents homes. The car park is big enough to accommodate this . In addition to this, the car park can be used for people visiting neighbours short term in the village. I am also contemplating a farmers market to open in the car park on Saturday mornings.
I hope you welcome my thoughts , plans and aspirations , as I welcome yours and your advice.
Mr Terry Fairfield