Special Members Meeting 2nd May

A Special Members Meeting will be held on 2nd May with the sole purpose of electing a new Management Committee

Attachments: Meeting Notice

Sunday Lunch Notice

Sunday Lunch Notice

It is regrettable that we have to announce that, for the foreseeable future, there will be no Sunday lunch offering at the Centurion.

Since the Committee has been asked to keep the community informed, we hereby publish a summary of the notification of termination we have received from the chef/catering company.

The caterers gave verbal notice on 20th February then written notice on Tuesday 6th March to the Committee of their intention to cease the interim catering contract following completion of Mother’s Day Sunday Lunch service on Sunday 11th March and a private event on 17th March.

Reasons cited included:
• Lack of clear booking process/misunderstanding on booking numbers weekly
• Concerns over lack of awareness and care of non-catering staff relating to food hygiene requirements and standards causing concerns of potential health, safety and environmental health issues. In order to mitigate the potential concerns, the kitchen was cleaned and prepared thoroughly by the chef and assistants to the highest standards before each food service over the last few months so that there was absolutely no risk to customers. Thus the issue was the additional work this necessitated.
• Use of the kitchen in between scheduled Sunday lunch catering dates by others leaving it in an unsuitable state for start of food prep and service
• Breakdown or misunderstanding of agreement of sole catering provision leading to the above

The Committee will carry out a review of future food provision at the Centurion and notify you in due course.

Thank you

What’s On March

A Day At The Races – Wednesday 21st
A special all-day event guaranteed to bring smiles and maybe some big wins!
Come with us for a day at Haydock Races
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the Centurion, then we will take you to Haydock for a high-energy day of racing.
Tickets £15 and includes course entry and a free drink!
Ask at the bar for details.

Special Fundraising Quiz Night – Wednesday 28th March
Funds raised will go to support Alex Coker, a trainee teacher from Chester who has been selected to complete an Amazon Rainforest Expedition and carry out research on behalf of British Exploring in 2020.
Please come and show your support

Plus all our usual Regular Events
Tony’s General Knowledge Quiz – every Sunday 8pm

Arthur’s Bingo Bonanza – every Monday 3pm

Albert’s Music Quiz – Wednesday 7th & 21st at 8.30pm

Special Members Meeting 1st March

A Special Members Meeting will be held on 1st March in response to a letter received from members.
Attachments: Meeting Notice and Letter from Members

LIVE on Saturday – Groves v Eubank Jr

Power Meets Speed – But Who Will Win?

WBSS Super Middleweight Semi-Final Fight – LIVE on Sky Sports Box Office

It is the all-British fight that sold out in seven minutes, where a world title will be on the line and where one man will reach the final of a tournament boxing pundits have hailed a “revelation”.

It is the fight where WBA world title holder George Groves says he will make a “statement” in the super-middleweight division and one where Chris Eubank Jr vows to prove he is not the “gimmick” the champion says he is.

Groves-Eubank at Manchester Arena on Saturday night is one of the most hotly anticipated bouts the UK has seen in years. All the action will be on screen at The Centurion from 8pm

What’s On February

As promised, we have some fantastic events lined up for you, starting this month.

Valentine’s Fun & Fizz – Saturday 10th. 8pm till late
Back by popular demand, our hilarious MR & MRS game is returning. Bring your partner, family or friend down and see how well you really know them…or not!
We will also be holding special Valentine’s editions of Open The Box and Play Your Cards Right.
Great prizes to be won and a fantastic deal on Fizz – bottles of Prosecco for only £12.95 to celebrate Cupid’s special day.

The AMAZING Rock Stewart – Friday 23rd 7.30pm till late

For all you Rod Stewart fans we know are out there, we present a very rare chance to come and see the UK’s No.1 Tribute Act, as voted by industry professionals. Rock has also appeared on TV’s Loose Women, where he was voted best sound-alike and look-alike by non-other than Rod himself and Penny Lancaster!! He will be performing all the big classics so this is a night you definitely don’t want to miss. Tickets are available NOW – £5 only. Number are limited and will sell fast.

Plus all our usual Regular Events
Tony’s General Knowledge Quiz – every Sunday 8pm
Arthur’s Bingo Bonanza – every Monday 3pm
Albert’s Music Quiz – every other Wednesday 8.30pm
Sunday Lunch – every week 12-5. Booking required

Burns Night Supper 2018 – Last few tickets!

Limited Tickets Remaining for our Burns Night Supper on Saturday 27th January

The night is proving hugely popular as usual and tickets are selling fast!
This year promises to be the best yet – with a full traditional supper from 7.30pm plus live entertainment from 9.30pm – an evening not to be missed.

Tickets are only £6.50 and are now available from the bar.
If you have reserved tickets, please pop in and pick them up asap.

For any enquiries speak to someone at the bar or contact 07706 221921

What’s On January

Happy New Year!

Following a wonderful holiday period, all our regular events are back so banish those New Year blues and come and join us. Plus we have our annual spectacular traditional Burns Night Supper which is not to be missed!

Bingo and Quiz Nights
Arthur’s Bingo Bonanza is back – every Monday at 3.00pm
Albert’s Music quiz takes place on Wednesday 10th and Wednesday 24th from 8.30pm
And Tony’s General Knowledge Quiz begins again on Sunday 7th at 8pm

Burns Night Supper – Saturday 27th
Come and celebrate all things Scottish at our fantastic Burns Night Supper. Always a sell-out, for only £6.50, enjoy a traditional supper of haggis, neeps and tatties plus we have some fantastic entertainment lined up for the evening.
Reserve a place by speaking to a member of staff at the bar. We recommend booking early as tickets are selling fast.

We are busy planning out a great calendar of community entertainment and events and are very much looking forward to another wonderful year at the Centurion.

What’s On December

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours
24th December – Christmas Eve – 12 noon to 2am
25th December – Christmas Day – 11am to 3pm / 7.30pm to 12.30am
(£5 per head in the evening for Staff Gratuities)
26th December – Boxing Day – 12 noon to 1am
27th December – Normal opening hours
28th December – Normal opening hours
29th December – Normal opening hours
30th December – Normal opening hours
31st December – New Years Eve – 12 noon till late
1st January – New Years Day – 12 noon to midnight

Mince Pies and Mulled wine – Christmas Eve, 24th December, 8pm til late
Sit back and relax this Christmas Eve with some well earned minced pies and mulled wine at The Cenny. It’s always a busy day for families in the pub so we hope to see you all there before Santa makes his rounds later on that night.

Christmas Day – Opening 11-3pm for all
If you need a pint to wash down the Christmas turkey then you’ll be delighted to know that the Cenny is open from 11am-3pm on Christmas Day. If you want to venture out later in the evening then we are open from 7.30pm. There will be a cover charge of £5 – you will need a ticket so please ask at the bar for one.

Cabaret Singer – Friday 29th December, 8pm
Before we ring in the New Year we have another live musical act for you to all enjoy so come along on Friday 29th December where the session begins at 8pm!

New Years Eve Fancy Dress – Sunday 31st December, 8pm til Late
With cash prizes on offer for the best fancy dress, it’s time to ring in a brand new year as we say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018!

The CCAG Management Committee hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and an even better New Year and we look forward to seeing you and your families in the Centurion over the Christmas season.

Thanks to Arthur for his Monday Bingo Bonanza, Tony for his Sunday General Knowledge Quizzes, and Albert for his Music Quizzes in 2017!

CCAG Public Meeting Minutes

With the first AGM of the CCAG due to take place on Thursday 30th November 2017, we would like to make you aware of the minutes from the Public Meeting held on the 16th October 2016 as these will be briefly discussed for approval.

Here are the minutes from that meeting:

Committee Members:
Trevor Jones – Chairman
Bob Hindhaugh – Vice Chairman
Mike Williams – Treasurer

Elected members:
Arthur Brighton
Brian Powis
Jim Hall
Nigel Jones

Members of the Community In Attendance:
Jasper Rattan, Owen Richards, Marie Rattan, Roger Gerrard, Kath Batley, Shaun Murphy, Emma Bratley, Philip Roberts, Tony Morris, Diane Roberts, Gaynor Morris, Dave Manning, Liz Smith, Chris Bull, Roy Smith, Ian Jones, Ian Cook, Amy Brennall, Joanne Pattison, Paul Lilburn, Kirsty Dodd, C Artell, Celia Powell, H Artell, Derek Powell, M Jenkins, Jan Davison, T Woodhouse, Mal Bate, C Woodhouse, Rupert Davies, Phan Wyatt, Simone Eddison, Brian Wyatt, John Jenks, Chris Oxtoby, Gillian Pickett, GA Jones, Pete Hughes, Mike Wall, Suzanne Bratley, Pat Hickley, Lynn Davison, Alvin Marriott, Phil Davies, Gill Owen, Jane Bartley, JM Owen, Barney Bartley, Gareth Jones, Joanne Lloyd, Campbell Smith, Kath Lloyd, Kieran Carruthers, Mike Lloyd.

Margaret Brighton
Gary Lloyd
Nicola Jones

1. Welcome and Apologies.
The current chairperson, Trevor Jones, welcomed everyone and thanked them for their attendance. Everyone was asked to sign the attendance register.

2. Minutes from the last AGM on 4th August 2015
Trevor Jones gave an overview of the previous minutes (they were not distributed individually in print form). He explained that the previous meeting was to agree the original constitution as an uncorporated company which was to enable us to open a bank account to accept funds and be able to demonstrate to CWAC and Admiral Taverns/LNT that we were a properly constituted organisation as regards the planning application and the ACV.

Trevor covered the aims of the group, finances at the time and the meeting appointed the management committee. The current position regarding the planning application was discussed.

3. Matters arising from the previous meeting.
There were no matters arising from the previous meeting.

4. Chairpersons report on the performance of CCAG during the past year.
Trevor Jones gave a chronological report of events during the past year:

04/08/15 – AGM
04/11/15 – Andy Jones leaves as licensee
05/11/15 – Admiral Taverns appoint Willowpark to manage the Centurion whilst they assess viability
Nov 15 – LNT submit slightly amended planning application
Dec 15 – LNT submit appeal against refusal of 1st planning application to the Secretary of State
05/11/15 – Willowpark have three managers, the third being Jamie Coleman, who managed a busy period of trade from 16/12/15-25/01/16.
25/01/16 – Admiral announce on 18/01/16 that the Centurion is to close on 25/01/16
Feb 16 – CWAC planning refuse 2nd planning application by LNT
23/03/16 – 1st planning application appeal heard by the Government planning inspector Dr Roger Catchpole at a public meeting in St Marys Centre
Early May 16 – Planning appeal refused
31/05/16 – Admiral Tavern/LNT contract expires
02/06/16 – Admiral Tavern activate ACU moratorium period and put Centurion up for sale
21/06/16 – Admiral agree to lease Centurion to CCAG subject to agreeing terms
04/07/16 – Public meeting in United Reform Church agrees to try and raise £15,000 for start-up funds to enable lease to be signed
11/07/16 – £21,000 raised by Vicars Cross community
13/07/16 – Negotiation on terms of lease and preparation of taking keys progress
09/09/16 – 16/09/16 – CCAG and Vicars Cross community take keys and carry out DIY/SOS to prepare for opening.

Trevor thanked all participants, MP Chris Matheson, CWAC councillors, Parish Council, CAMRA, United Reformed Church for their help over the previous 20 months, but most of all thanked the Vicars Cross community for its continuous support of CCAG. He stated that he did not know their finest achievement or hour:

• 343 objections to the 1st planning application
• 330 objections to the 2nd planning application
• 125 people attended the planning appeal
• £21,000 raised as donations in 1 week
• DIY/SOS team to get the Centurion ready to open in 1 week

5. Financial position up to 9 September 2016.
Total figure prior to taking keys: £21,065

6. Update on trading position since opening the Centurion on 16/09/16.
Trevor explained that as we had only been trading for 3 weeks he was not going into detail or produce a profit and loss/balance sheet. Trading had though been good but this was considered to be a honeymoon period and we needed to be vigilant over progressing what we were providing as a product to the whole community.

7. Vice Chairman’s report on the way forward including events and purchase.
This report has been compiled by Bob Hindhaugh Vice Chairman of the Centurion Community Action Group for the duration outlined above. This report is set out to comply with the notice and in particular item 7 of the agenda which has been publicised in and around the Centurion.

The purpose of this report is to update the Community on the Committee’s views as to the way forward including the set processes of how we as a Community Benefit’s Society (CBS) can work effectively towards procurement of the pub.

• As mentioned by The Chairman the first step is for us to set out in a letter to Admiral our realistic offer to purchase the Pub and the plot. Both Trevor and I have had preliminary discussions with legal representatives as to how we best get to this point. It may be that an approach is made to the Valuation Company – to seek a form of words from them. It is intended to have this letter to Admiral by the end of this month.

• We have put our application forward to CWaC to try and secure the rates reduction, of which in turn also gets us a Sky/BT sports reduction. At the same time, we have been putting together a more detailed business plan. We are able to do this now that we are starting to obtain operating figures. This work is crucial as at this stage we do not know what figure or situation Admiral will accept.

• There are a number of ways in which we can source the necessary funding.

  • Ongoing work with the Plunkett Foundation which will provide us with a Grant/Loan up £150,000.
  • Add to potential profits after this year
  • Secure other funding from Parish Council through Public Works Fund.
  • Share Options with the Community in which a dividend is payable every year of around 2-3%
  • Crowd Funding
  • Buy a Brick
  • Working with another brewery partner or other partners.
  • The above list is not exhaustive and if anyone from the audience has any other ideas we will be happy to discuss. I am sure the Community appreciate that at this stage we can only get the frameworks in place until we know what the final accepted bid/price actually is.

    Whilst I believe as a Community we have come a long way since the planning application process, the upshot of all this of course is there is still a lot of work still to be done with various organisations before we can finally say this is our pub. To help this process and to maximise our profit margins we have planned a series of entertainment and other programmes as follows.

    It has to be recognised that we have only been open for 3 weeks or so and it has proved difficult to sort out more live entertainment at this stage as most of the artists are booked up months in advance.

    I am sure you understand that we have not been in that position but every effort is being made to achieve this aim. This does not mean to say we have been idle. There are a number of future events that are in planning stages now and I will list them below.

    However, before I mention these, I would just like to say that there are some valuable services on the way and their provision has been out with our control. Firstly, Internet access – we have negotiated free Wi-Fi for the pub through Sky, however the earliest date we could get for BT to carry out their work is 19 October.

    Sky have assured me it will be up and running a maximum of 2 days after this. The Land line telephone, yet again another nightmare. Told the line was available booked the re connection and line wasn’t still available and this provision will now cost £120 but hopefully next week.

    Moving to planned events 28-30 October Halloween weekend starting on the Friday with a kids Halloween Party and Disco 4-6pm, Saturday, an adults Halloween fancy dress party with prizes for best fancy dressed. Sunday Tony’s traditional Halloween quiz. We are planning a Bonfire night hotpot supper on 5 November, we still need to complete the risk assessment and we will be moving the fences at the back forward at the weekend, so volunteers would be greatly appreciated.

    The two key events being organised this year is the Pub 50th Birthday party on 10 December this will be a 60s theme as the pub opened in 1966. A live Act and buffet supper. On 16 December it is intended to have our grand Xmas raffle lots of prizes, Open the box and Higher or Lower games. We then enter the real Xmas spirit with the Children’s Xmas Party on 18 December and the Senior Citizens Lunch on 22 December.

    As we can other events may well be programmed and advertised on our new website centurionpub.co.uk and go to the events page. Most of the events will be advertised in Vicars Cross Voice later this month.

    Once the Wi-Fi is connected it is our intention to provide afternoon I Pad, tablet and basic computer lesson for all.

    Finally, we would still like people to help us work on decorating the pub for events etc as many hands make light work I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who both made donations and worked extremely hard the week prior to opening it really was a fantastic effort by all.

    Bob Hindhaugh
    Vice Chairman.

    8. Election of Management committee for 2016-17.
    Trevor Jones and Bob Hindhaugh explained to the meeting that to enable the lease to be signed with Admiral Taverns we had created a new constitution in conjunction with the Plunkett Foundation. We had become a Community Benefits Society Ltd., registered with the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority), registration number 7382.

    It was to this new company that the meeting was being asked to elect through nominations (proposal) and seconded, people into office.

    Position – Chairman
    Nomination – Trevor Jones
    Proposer – Bob Hindhaugh
    Seconder – Tony Morris

    Position – Vice-Chair/Secretary
    Nomination – Bob Hindhaugh
    Proposer – Tony Morris
    Seconder – Dave Manning

    Position – Treasurer
    Nomination – Mike Williams
    Proposer – Alvin Marriott
    Seconder – Derek Powell

    Position – Committee
    Nomination – Nigel Jones
    Proposer – Chris Oxtoby
    Seconder – Celia Powell

    Position – Committee
    Nomination – Brian Powis
    Proposer – Alvin Marriott
    Seconder – Derek Powell

    Position – Committee
    Nomination – Arthur Brighton
    Proposer – Owen Ricketts
    Seconder – Roger Gerrard

    Position – Committee
    Nomination – Jim Hall
    Proposer – Dave Manning
    Seconder – Ian Cook

    Position – Committee
    Nomination – Simone Eddison
    Proposer – Mike Williams
    Seconder – Brian Powis

    Position – Committee
    Nomination – Shaun Murphy
    Proposer – Brian Powis
    Seconder – Chris Oxtoby

    9. Appointment of Accountants.
    Trevor Jones as Chairperson asked the meeting to approve Cadwalladers as accountants for CCAG Ltd who had been recommended by the Plunkett Foundation.

    10. Appointment of Auditors.
    The meeting was asked to agree to the Management Committee appointing auditors at a later date after consultation with the Plunkett Foundation.

    11. Any other business.

  • Mike Jenkins requested that a letter of thanks be sent to Nicola Jones who had resigned from the Management Committee due to work and family commitments. She had been a committed, dedicated, loyal and expert member of the committee.
  • Diane Roberts requested that as a mark of appreciation that some flowers be sent to Nicola.
  • As there was no other business, Trevor closed the meeting at 8.45pm.