Our Renovation Diary
We are currently adding all the previous updates by social media and email here so that we have a weekly history of the renovation. We are adding more photos and galleries over time.
Simply click on the week to get the update; there is a link if there is a gallery of photos for that week.
Diary for 2020
On this day, the UK Government decided to act decisively and put in measures for social distancing and a home lockdown. This was an unprecedented action that was required to protect the NHS and keep people safe. The Swan stopped all volunteering efforts in support.
More and updated info can found on our Covid-19 page.
The volunteers have been doing some work this week. It has been a bit restricted in what can be done but we are taking baby steps in keeping the renovation going: adding signage within the bar area, paint stripping in various areas, and up on the roof to fix the temporary tarpaulin.
It's been more of a week for moving furniture out to allow space for social distancing.
Plans for having organised weekend volunteering days starting in the Spring have been unfortunately been postponed for now.
Sorry, no photos for this week.
Another week when the weather hindered work outside. However inside, we got new shiny fire extinguishers and the Sewing Bee has been hard at it. Have a look!
Gallery for the 13th March.
We took delivery of the new steels for the kitchen. Thes ewill be installed in the coming days when we have sufficient people about us.
We hosted a team from O2 who had their team meeting in the School House. They also did some team building by re-painting the inside of the Coach House which will make it more presentable for the Spring and Summer.
Gallery for the 6th March.
Our very good friend and Weekday Warrior, Adrian Chojnacki, sadly passed away earlier this morning, Thursday 5th March. He will be greatly missed by us all. Our sincere condolences are offered to Dawn and the rest of their family.
UPDATE FOR THE 28TH FEBRUARY
The guys continued digging for victory in the garden next door. They were joined by professionals who worked in the sealed transformer area.
The guys also were working in the Stock Room putting together the new shelving. This was completed and stock returned back behind the locked door.
Gallery for the 28th February.
UPDATE FOR THE 21st FEBRUARY
The guys were digging for victory in the garden next door. The aim was to remove all the accumulated garden materials that was hard up against the kitchen wall of The Swan.
And when it was wet, the guys were working inside making further improvements to the stock room. Hopefully this will be completed next week.
Gallery for the 21st February.
UPDATE FOR THE 14th FEBRUARY
Storm Ciara hit us and on the whole things were good. Only the tarpaulin on the Coach House was damaged and needed remedial work. Inside, the sparkies put up some lighting in the stock room and hall. In the stock room, the internal partition was taken down.
Gallery for the 14th February.
UPDATE FOR THE 7th FEBRUARY
Guys have been back on the roof this week. The weather was slightly better so that they could tackle the roofing issue under the blue tarpaulin; also the gable end too.
And there was the addition of the bike racks to allow cyclists to securely stow there bikes under cover.
Gallery for the 7th February.
UPDATE FOR THE 31ST JANUARY
This week the guys have all but completed the fireboarding on the ground floor. Still some wee bits to do but it is a big step forward as we can now get the plastering done.
And on the roof, the chimney was finally capped by a professional team donating their time.
Gallery for the 31st January.
UPDATE FOR THE 24TH JANUARY
Fireboarding continued in the hall and will continue into the room of doom and store room shortly. The kitchen was cleared in readiness to take the "stuff" from those rooms.
Some wee things were done which have well received: putting up a coat hook in the ladies and also a couple of rows of them in the main bar. Makes it so much easier. Also the rugs have now been available.
Out in the Coach House, there was further tidying and dump runs. The football table is now set up and ready for use.
Painting continued in the office and there was some more wire stripping too.
Gallery for the 24th January.
UPDATE FOR THE 17TH JANUARY
Things you can see when you come down to the pub.... check out our new fireplace, complete with slate hearth that has been installed over the last week.
Things you can't see as they are hidden away behind the scenes .... the flooring has been going down in pub's office and it is now ready for use.
Gallery for the 17th January.
UPDATE FOR THE 10TH JANUARY
The lads got stuck into the School Room to replace the removed chimney breast. A framework had to be built, and then covered with plasterboard. The original cladding was then re-instated. Yes it needs painted, but it is looking good.
Elsewhere in the pub the office was painted and remedial work done to the toilets. Other remedial work is required over the coming weeks as the pub continues to live and grow.
Gallery for the 10th January.
UPDATE FOR THE 3RD JANUARY
Guys were working in the School Room to remove the chimney breast. This required removal of a number of panels and then the careful disassembly. Work will continue at pace to make sure the room is ready for the start of the new school term.
Coverings for the banquettes arrived from the Sewing Ladies. They look superb!
Gallery for the 3rd January.
Diary for 2019
We received the keys on 2nd February 2019 and got stuck in fairly shortly afterwards. As well as special volunteering events, the Weekday Warriors along with Professionals have been renovating The Swan. First phase was the pub itself and the School House. These were almost completed in 2019.
Our diary for 2019 documents that. It is very similar to above with each week documented through our building update and also pictures taken by the team. Enjoy!