The aim of the Royal Oak, Collingham is to become more than just a pub.
In 2017 a small group of villagers who had been longing to have a quality restaurant restored to the village realised that the Royal Oak was possibly the last chance.
Our aim is to reach out to the community and to build a social hub that can be enjoyed by the whole village. As well as fantastic support from the village and beyond by way of share purchases, we have secured support, guidance and a grant from the Plunkett Foundation along with grants from The North Nottinghamshire Leader Fund and from Collingham Parish Council. Financial support has also been secured from the Tarmac Group.
A long term Lease has been signed with the Lincolnshire Co-Operative Society on excellent terms, based on us being a community pub. After signing the Lease we embarked upon a substantial refurbishment scheme which includes a new kitchen and food preparation area, new toilets, an extension to the restaurant and refurbishment of the bar areas.
The upstairs function room has been renovated and is available for meetings, functions and social gatherings, holding varying numbers of up to thirty people depending on the format required. There is no charge for room hire for community groups or for shareholders.
The large garden has been extended and landscaped with trees, plants, patio areas and lawn. The front and rear gardens both offer outside dining and the rear garden has space to allow for the temporary erection of a marquee for weddings and parties
The Collingham Community Pub Ltd is registered as a Community Benefit Society. It is a co-operative with one member having one vote, irrespective of the size of their shareholding.
Please see our share offer pages on this website to find details of how you can become a member and buy the shares that provide a large proportion of the funds needed to enable us to continue our journey. We want to encourage as wide a membership as possible.
WHAT IS A COMMUNITY BENEFIT SOCIETY (CBS)?
A Community Benefit Society is a social enterprise. They are incorporated industrial and provident societies (IPS) that conduct business for the benefit of their community. Profits are not distributed among members, or external shareholders, but returned to the community. However, investors may receive interest payments out of profits.
To assist in the refurbishment Collingham Community Pub Ltd were awarded a grant under the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) 2014-2020. Defined as a LEADER project the funding was jointly provided by DEFRA and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). The North Nottinghamshire Local Action Group (LAG) approved the application and Nottinghamshire County Council was responsible for overseeing the work. The grant was provided to purchase kitchen equipment as part of refurbishment plans for the Royal Oak.