Wheatsheaf landlord Stuart Wright has posted on the Village Facebook Group of his sadness at leaving the village. Stuart is heading to Suffolk where he plans to assist his brother in renovating an old farm. In his post Stuart says:
Titchmarsh is by far the most delightful, welcoming, community led settlement I have had the pleasure to call home….and not just because of the wonderful scenery, it’s easy location to get about, it’s fantastic school, it’s wonderful shop, it’s amazing church….. but by far because of its people…!!!
You have all made me and my family so welcome and I will be leaving with a heavy heart.
I truly thank you all for the support you have shown my family and the pub business and I wish Trident (new company at the pub) the very best moving forward.
I hate the fact we cannot have a big shindig send off at the pub due this crazy pandemic so I am unable to say goodbye to all the friends, mates, acquaintances and you other lot in person.
Stuart’s stewardship of Wheatsheaf marks a defining chapter in the recent history of the pub. His enthusiasm and determination to get involved helped put the Wheatsheaf back at the heart of the community instead of on its fringes. His monthly pub quiz became legendary – a must-do event – attracting people from far afield who came to sample the fun filled and often raucous atmosphere.
Always keen to try new ideas, Stuart laid on weekly coffee mornings, themed food nights and outddoor events, including a fancy-dress show for dogs! He also backed the skittle team and the annual 10k/3k road races – providing his own trophies for each.
We’re often reminded that the Wheatsheaf is a village asset. This is certainly true – but it is even more so when run by someone with enthusiasm, not just for running the business but for the people who come through the door. Stuart got that. He got Titchmarsh.
Ultimately, Stuart understood that a community pub is – first and foremost – for the community. He reached out to that community and the relationship was forged.
Let’s build on Stuart’s time and look forward to the Wheatsheaf going from strength to strength!