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COVID-19 - Recent Events and Current Situation

We closed our doors on the evening of Saturday March 14th, not knowing if we'd ever be opening them again.

Thankfully we were able to start offering community support from our venue from June 2nd. Initially by opening an outdoor Book Swap, to provide a service for borrowing books in the absence of the local library being able to open.
I must thank Mireille Hebing and Angie Barton, as well as Margaret Cox, Sarah Flatt, Sarah Parsons, Michelle Griffiths and Maureen Hounslow for helping to run this service.

On Friday 24th July we launched a new service, 'The Seatery' opening our space up for daytime seating, from 8am-6pm on weekdays, then later we extended this to evenings. That same day, we also had a soft opening in the evening, to test our renovated space on a small invited guest list. It was a great success and so we felt we were ready to reopen for live music to a limited audience, with suitable Covid-Secure procedures in place.

We have created screened perspex booths indoors, and have outside undercover seating, which meets Social Distancing guidelines, and we carry out stringent Infection Control procedures.

The plan was to open on Saturday 1st August, the day it was due to become legal to perform live music indoors, for the first time since March 23rd. However the government cancelled this date at the last moment, so A-Lone Buffalo and Stuey Moon switched to an outside performance, for half the audience, who had bought tickets, and David Fisher and Gregg Wise supported Nigel Chatfield on 14th August, following the same model, both evenings were enjoyed immenseley by our grateful regulars. Then with just 24 hour's notice, in the end we reopened officially on August 15th. Jamie Amos and Andrew Horseman put an an excellent last-minute show, on The Yard indoor stage, and everything worked well.

The Seatery has proved to be really popular with those working from home who fancy a change of scene, and for friends and family who want to meet in a safe environment. From 14 September the 'Rule of 6' was imposed, but that really hasn't changed much for us, as we mostly cater for small groups of 1-4 anyway, although we can accommodate a '6' with advance notice. All bookings at The Seatery are in advance, using our booking / track and trace system, if you do turn up on spec, we will do our best to accommodate you, but can't promise.

As we leave September it is likely we will reduce our opening hours to a winter timetable, watch this space, the only thing that is constant right now, is change.

















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