Support Our Swan

Water colour painting of The Swan

The Swan in Clewer, Windsor has been closed for over three years. We now own it and have started the required renovation work required. Our vision is to restore it as a local pub, a real community hub and as a social enterprise assisting young people with additional needs. However, The Swan needs significant work by us - this is being funded by the local community.

The Next Volunteering Day - Saturday 30th March

We have another day planned where supporters and the local community can come along and help restore The Swan to its' former glory. Start times are at 9am and 12:45pm on the day. You must complete a brief safety induction before commencing work on site. As before you must pre-register, all details can be found on the volunteering page.

Progress with the Refurbishment

It's the second week of March and some really good progress has been made by the team. Also the students from The Green Room School helped out on Wednesday.

Jeff the plumber

Jeff the plumber hard at work in the school room.

Removing the planters

The Green Room School bagging up the soild from the planters.

Roof over the laundry was completed

New roof on the laundry.

What happened last week:

  • More scaffolding has gone up.
  • The roof over the laundry was completed.
  • The roof over the gents toilet was totally replaced.
  • The planters were removed and all materials recycled.
  • All the sanitary ware was removed from the main hall.
  • The electrical contractors were selected.
  • Hopefully the roofers will be working over the weekend (weather dependent).

Jeff the volunteer plumber has been doing fantastic work - a real hero. We are going to undertake most of the plumbing ourselves with his help. We will appoint a specialist plumber for the boilers.

Without help of like minded people and businesses, we would not be able to make so much progress at such a cost. This is vital for the renovation so it doesn't spiral out of control. See our heroes here.

There is still plenty more to do. See the recent photos here. We will be posting more as we go along.

Financial Update

All the 250 Founder Shares have now been allocated. So far we have raised £250,000 in shares and just over £20k in loans plus a further £2k in donations. The grand total as of Friday 15th March stands at £272,816.50.

Our Prospectus is now available.

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Soaked in history

The Swan always been more than just a watering hole for thirsty locals. Situated on Mill Lane within the Clewer Village area of Windsor, it's a leisurely 20 minute walk from Windsor Castle. The Swan dates from the 18th century, and during its long history has served as a coaching inn and courthouse. It's also been known variously as The Swan Inn and The Swan Hotel too.

According to local folklore, there is a tunnel linking The Swan to the local church of St Andrews. There is a debris filled hole within the pub which is claimed to be the entrance. Whether this is true, or one of the Victorian pranks common in Windsor, is unclear. Around the 1870s, the coroner held inquests and post mortems at The Swan for those that had drowned in the nearby Thames. It is said that the last journey of those unfortunate souls was through the tunnel to the church.

Being close to the Thames Path for walkers, National Routes 4 and 61 for cyclists, and the Royal Windsor Racecourse means that this community hub is never too far from the action. It finally closed in 2016.

Now it's our turn to open its doors and write the next chapter in its long-standing history.