Volunteers immediately set about cutting the grass and tidying up the garden, and two days of outdoor celebrations in the garden gave us a taste of what was to come.
Half a dozen sub-committees were created to coordinate volunteer work to prepare the building for re-opening in its existing form. There were several days of communal painting, repairing and clearing.
Architect Elinor Gray-Williams was asked to start planning for the renovation and extension of the building and two possible options were presented for the public’s response. Applications were submitted for a number of grants to help fund these schemes.
At the end of November a temporary manager was appointed and a group of enthusiastic young bar staff.