Saving The Goddard Arms
The Goddard Arms has been closed for several years. It was a very popular destination for people from Clyffe Pypard and its surrounding villages. I know that many of us have hoped that it would re-open.
In May the current owner informed Wiltshire Council that she wished to sell the pub. A community group now has until November to raise the funds and negotiate to buy it. If a community group fails to buy the pub by November, then the owner can put the pub on the open market.
A group of over thirty people interested in saving the pub met in the village hall in June. A steering committee of local volunteers has been set up to find out what kind of pub the people want and how we can achieve it. The committee are starting the process of raising funds to hopefully purchase, refurbish and re-open the pub for the community. They will need your help.
Part of this process is issuing a questionnaire to the local people to find out what they want, and to build the support we need to make this happen. This questionnaire will be delivered to you the week beginning July 15th, please feel free to copy the questionnaire as many times as you need, and share it with anyone who you think may be interested. Completed questionnaires will be collected on Sunday 28th July if taped to the door handle or in the letter flap ( being a Sunday no post man ) Alternatively there is a post box at the village hall that can be used if they forget to put the questionnaire out and they are not in when Sue calls to collect.
This survey is also available online if this is more convenient for you.
You can find the survey here : https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DJPBHGM
If you are interested come to the lamb roast planned for Tuesday 20th August at the Village Hall, where we will share the results of the questionnaire and provide more details on how we can all save the pub. To register your interest or if you would like to be involved either as an investor, a helper or a customer then please contact Dianne at the Clyffe Pypard Parish Council firstname.lastname@example.org