Having not seen the first floor accommodation prior to taking over the pub in April, we were all quite shocked by the condition. There were 4 rooms, a bathroom and separate toilet but no kitchen. It obviously had’t been decorated since artexted ceilings were all the rage in the 70’s. There was bits of wire hanging everywhere, doors hanging off their hinges and layers wall paper peeling off the walls. It was actually condemned at one point by the London Fire Brigade, wrongly as it turned out. However the boiler was decommissioned and accommodation was uninhabitable.
Motivated by the fact that the permanent managers job was being offered as a live in position, we finally built up enough steam to start the work in early July.
Whilst we knew it was going to be a tough job it was far worse than we could have imagined. Almost every wall and ceiling had to be re-plastered. However, during the strip out some gems were revealed. Including a wooden panelled wall, which would have formed part of the original stair way and the original fire place, in what is now the front bedroom, which Floyd has lovingly restored. The flat is now carpeted and fully furnished, some bought, some donated. We have installed a kitchen in the back room, which also doubles as the managers office.
Although we are a few days away from works being complete Steve Alderson the new manager has taken up residency.
The guys who carried out the work have down a stunning job and we are really grateful to them all for going way beyond extra mile.
David Colerio – Carpenter
Floyd Petgrave — Painter and Decorator
Dave Coe – Electrician
Paul Reed – Plasterer
Terry – for striping out with Floyd and Young Finn during those very hot few days in July
Kyriaco Petrou – Central Heating Engineer
Steve Borg– Carpet Fitter
All Your Junk (three truck loads of rubbish)
The delivery drivers who helped us push the furniture up a ladder and through the 1st floor windows, who shall remain nameless due to their companies H&S policy!
Shareholder Martin Hough for jumping in when we needed an extra pair of hands, out of the goodness of his heart.
A special thank you to shareholder Gillian Ford who also out of the goodness of of heart supplied the fabric and made the gorgeous Roman Blinds that now adorn the windows.
A big thank you to The Dream Team you really have made a silk purse out of a soars ear.
Looking forward to the 1st game of the season. We’ll be open from 11.00am tomorrow.
“I was at a party in East London and over heard someone raving about this amazing community pub in Tottenham I immediately honed in and joined in saying I knew Ashleigh and that I agreed that the Antwerp Arms is indeed wonderful – word my friends has spread to the East!!!”
Our Volunteer Week-End was a great success so a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came along.
25 helpers rolled up their sleeves and tackled everything from painting the cellar floor to putting up hanging baskets! We want it to be perfect for Friday 24 April opening when LondonLive will be on site from 5.30pm filming everyone enjoying themselves. Please come along and meet everyone!
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It’s been along hard battle but we are finally in!
History in the making! North London’s First Community Pub!
The Antwerp Arms Association are delighted to be able to announce, that after almost 2 years of negotiating, organising and fundraising, the freehold purchase of the Antwerp Arms Public House, has been completed today.
The Antwerp Arms Association will take over soon after 15 April 2015 when the current landlord, Justin, leaves for pastures new.
We have had amazing support from all of our shareholders and the community. Thank you so much.
We look forward to raising a glass or two with all of you, at the ‘Annie’, our community hub.
More news to follow soon!
WE HAVE FINALLY EXCHANGED CONTRACTS and will complete the purchase of the ‘Annie’ at the end of March.
Family history search leads to The Antwerp Arms
We had a Facebook message recently from Joe McIntyre who has been researching his family tree and discovered that his Great Grandparents Joseph Michael O’Brian and Louise Mary O’Brian owned and run the Annie from sometime before 1910 to 1940.
There is actually some framed information about the O’Brian family hang on the wall at the back of the pub. I went to meet Joe and his Mum at the pub and we had a lovely couple of hours piecing it all together.
We have raised our minimum target, and the share issue will go ahead.
We have extended the offer for another two weeks to allow more people to join in.
We are now going ahead to negotiate a price with the vendor of the freehold.