Branch News

Here is the latest news about pubs & breweries in the branch area.

  • Swan Progress Friday 8 March 2019


    Using the excellent work that was done last Saturday as a launch pad, the team have really got stuck in during the week. The most obvious sign of that is the erection of the scaffolding - this will make a big difference as we can work on the brickwork/mortar, windows, gutters and down pipes. Also the roofers can look at our needs.

    Going up ...

    And this is what was found ...

    You might not recognise the bar floor now. Why? Well there is none! The team have removed all the rotten floor boards and joists. Once the building has dried out a bit more, then new timbers will be going down.

    David, our structural engineer, was in during the week looking at the bar area and what is possible. He is now off drawing up plans to be presented early next week. This will the enable us to decide what we can do with the space.

    Len, from “Lino Len’s” met the team and will be sorting us out with all our flooring and carpet needs. He had his engagement party in 1969 at The Swan so has a big affinity for the pub.

    Peter, Matt and Ian were busy with the new roof on the laundry room - the first coat of fibreglass was done on Thursday.

    As all the gentlemen would know, the gents toilet needed some serious attention. The roof was rotten and letting in water. It needs some serious investment with time and money.

    The team have been tackling it this week and basically removing the roof completely. It will be replaced by a fibre glass roof similar to the laundry room.

    The reason for replacement is quite obvious from this photo. I believe that the technical term is: "It's infested with creepy crawlies" so it really needed to go.

  • The Swan Breaks Funding Target Friday 1 March 2019

    Financial status:

    We're pleased to tell you that thanks to your support, we've exceeded the £200,000 funding target and filled our barrel to overflowing. That is a fantastic achievement and reflects the determination to save the Swan by almost 200 contributors.

    As of the start of Friday 1st March, our total is £269,717.50 – made up of:

    £247,000 in shares, £210,717.50 in loans and £2,000 in a charitable donation. There are only THREE shares left now. Since the Ceremony of the Keys they have been going quickly.

    As the volunteers from the site clearance weekend will testify, the pub is not in a good state. In fact, we now know that we need to spend more than we budgeted to get the pub into a basic state to open by St. George's Day. For the next few weeks contractors will be in making structural repairs and fixing the roof to make the building watertight once again.

  • Progress at Swan, Clewer Friday 22 February 2019

    At long last the "For Sale" sign has gone. Makes The Swan look a lot better. The flag pole is next! From the front you can't see all the activity that has been going inside the building - it's been busy in there. Since the volunteering day:

    • Sootbusters cleaned several of the chimneys already.

    • Yesterday we found another that was hidden from view.

    • The office ceiling has been taken down.

    • Removed the rotten floor boards in the bar area.

    • Opened up several airbricks that had been sealed.

    • Worked out how to replace the roof in the gents loo.

    The guys have also taken more of the walls in the bar back to the brickwork and removed dangerous slates from the stables' roof. The volunteer plumber removed all the radiators and sinks from the bar and stopped several pipe leaks. Other work has been done too. A huge thanks to the volunteers involved. Chck out the photos:

    In the coming days we should see scaffolding going up so the roof, guttering and windows can be worked on. Also there will be tarpaulin going over the stables to protect them. And a lot more work inside too. If you are volunteering, you will be able to see all this and more too.

    We are also looking for skilled tradesmen who are able to volunteer their time during the week. Can you help? Or do you know someone? Please contact Lexie on ku.oc.rosdniwnawseht@skrapS.eixeL.

  • The Swan in Clewer Site Clearance Monday 11 February 2019


    A huge thank you to everyone who signed up for our site clearance last weekend. There was an overwhelming response and as a result an amazing amount of site clearance on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th February was carried out.

  • The Swan in Clewer is owned by the Community Wednesday 30 January 2019

    Fantastic News, we did it!

    The moment we have been waiting for has arrived. We have now completed the sale of The Swan and finally have the keys! Congratulations to all our investors and supporters for making this fantastic achievement possible.

    Next steps

    We want to mark this occasion with our supporters and we would love you to join us at our Ceremony of the Keys event at The Swan on Saturday 2nd February 2019 between 1.00pm-1.45pm. Gates will open promptly at 1.00pm followed by a short talk about our plans. No need to RSVP, just turn up on the day to 9 Mill Lane, Windsor SL4 5JG.

    Volunteers - The renovation plans are being finalised and we’ll need volunteers at different stages to help. If you are interested in sign up please look out for more details on our website soon.

  • North Star, Maidenhead. Wednesday 16 January 2019

    The reduced price of OIRO £310,000 is the first figure officially mentioned, although we were led to believe that they expected to receive a minimum of £350k. Having not managed to dispose of the pub they seem to be getting desperate but I cannot see a small developer taking a chance following the earlier publicity regarding the Council resisting changes of use. Also the recent refusal of planning permission for the Crooked Billet site, just down the road, can only help.