Ye Olde Cross has closed again, and everyone is baffled as to why. It was taken over in the autumn by the licensee of the Half Moon, and underwent considerable refurbishment. Certainly Heather and I have tried to get a drink there on at least two occasions over the past six weeks, only to find it closed, so after that we didn’t bother walking down. I wonder if other people did the same. It’s also true I think, that people stay longer and spend more money in pubs serving food.
Notices have been appearing on lamp posts in Ryton giving the following information from a gentleman called Colin Cheesman.
“Would you like to see this pub open and thriving again? If so, please read on. A meeting is to discuss the possibility of re-opening Ye Olde Cross as a community pub/ facility will be held in The Holy Cross Church Hall, Station Bank On Thursday 8th Feb 2018 at 7:00pm. Liz Twist, MP for Blaydon, has kindly offered her support and will attend the meeting. The pub is important to the village, and has always been pivotal to village events and local charities. It is now in real danger of going into irreversible disrepair unless a new licensee can be found. Things to consider :
How can a licensee be found to run the pub alongside a community team?
Would you be willing to be part of a volunteer community team helping to run the pub? If so, what could you do to help? What ideas do you have that would encourage you to use the pub regularly?
Everyone with an interest is welcome to this informal meeting. No commitment is needed at this stage. Your views, opinions, and suggestions. are all that is needed. Please Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like any further information. Please could everyone with an interest help to spread the word. There will be notices on lamp posts, and a partial leaflet drop will be done, so any help to make people aware would be much appreciated.”
The Cross is important to me. My parents held their wedding reception there in 1944, and because of this we went back there after my mother’s funeral a year ago. The then landlord put on a lovely buffet for us. On another personal note, my Uncle Bobby was best friends with the landlord’s son during the war, and became one of the family. They were devastated when Bobby was killed at Dunkirk, and his granddaughter, who lives in Southampton wanted to visit when she came up a couple of years ago, and was very disappointed to find it closed. She finally got her wish last autumn. Unfortunately we were unable to go back during her latest visit this week.
So remember, The Holy Cross Church Hall, Station Bank On Thursday 8th Feb 2018 at 7:00pm.