Heart of the Village

Since July 2018, the Heart of the Village has been the name of the enterprise to buy the Royal Oak on behalf of the community, to ensure the survival of the shop and at least one pub in the village. 

The plan is to set up both shop and pub as community businesses within the same building, the shop to be staffed by volunteers with a paid manager, the pub either to be run by a tenant or also by a paid manager.

It is proposed to include a café, to maintain the skittle alleys, and to add other facilities over time. To learn more, please follow the links on the right (or below on smaller screens).

The Royal Oak on VJ Day 1945. Photo courtesy of Pete Nicholas, via Dave Evans

To get in touch, please email or phone Graham Gleed on 01823 490407.
We are always keen to receive feedback and ideas and to answer questions. Our regular meetings are at the village hall on the first Monday of every month, and anyone is welcome to attend. (Check in the Calendar on this site.)

A historical overview of the village, and of the background to how the HOTV project came about

A brief account of how the enterprise could benefit the village

An explanation of how it is planned to raise the money to launch and maintain the enterprise, and how you can help

Next steps
A timeline of what we need to do to bring the project to fruition

A list of questions that have been asked about the project, together with the best answers we can give to date

Links to the minutes of meetings and other documents of relevance

The Plunkett Foundation
There is a huge amount of information on this website about the experiences of other villages in setting up similar community businesses

About the logo
The overall shape represents the parish of Stoke St Gregory. The number of dots equates roughly to the number of people who live here, and the coalescence around hotv at the centre is intended to illustrate what we are trying to do: to bring the village together around a common meeting point—or heart