Support Our Swan
The Swan in Clewer, Windsor has been closed for over three years. We now own it and have started the required renovation work required. Our vision is to restore it as a local pub, a real community hub and as a social enterprise assisting young people with additional needs. However, The Swan needs significant work by us - this is being funded by the local community.
Volunteering Morning - Saturday 8th June
Another fabulous turn-out for our volunteer’s morning which was helped by the passing over of predicted rain clouds to be a fabulous, sunny day.
- Team Tony in the pub building cleaned up the brick work as much of this will be left exposed;
- Team John were sanding and prepping walls in the school room;
- Team Ian were deep in the cellar washing walls;
- Team Courtyard were shifting all the hardcore and moving wood and rubbish ready for the BBQ later:
- Team Strippers were wood stripping and wire stripping aplenty;
- Team Clean were cleaning bathrooms and bedrooms.
It is great to feel the community spirit in these volunteering mornings and to see so many of our regulars taking a pride in helping out and making new friends.
We were thrilled to receive more plants from Pamela and Richard – many were sold during the morning session and the others further bolstered the evening’s takings.
Photo gallery including photos from our professional photographer and those from various supporters.
Sneaky Beak 2 BBQ
What a great evening was had by all. The weather continued to hold which brought a lot more people through the gates than we were expecting but we had planned well, and consequently had more than enough food and drink to go around for the 200+ people.
The band – Mark and Sherridan – provided fantastic music entertainment and had people not only singing along but up on their feet dancing the evening away.
It was lovely to see so many of our Swan families bringing along their dogs and luckily two of our amazing volunteers had made swan print bandanas, so a number of those dogs went home wearing their very smart accessories.
We received so many positive comments about the BBQ, the volunteering sessions and the progress being made in the buildings. It feels so good to be part of something that is literally bringing our community together. We simply cannot thank you all enough for being part of this amazing project. Here’s to many more Swan events!
Photo gallery including photos from our supporters.
Progress with the Renovation
Quick update from our project manager about the progress as of 7th June.
We have had another very productive week at The Swan thanks to our regular team and our amazing volunteers.
The school room is taking shape and we have chosen the kitchenette from Howdens . We are still prepping for the decoration and we can hopefully undertake a lot of this work on our volunteer’s day. We then need to sand the floors. The plumbers and electricians just need to complete their first fixing works and away we go with the decoration.
We had a nice surprise on Tuesday when John exposed an internal window in the School Room which we will retain as a feature. After all the years covered up it does need a little work, but it will certainly provide more natural light to the stairwell.
We are currently working on the bar cellar getting it ready for all the specialist equipment needed. It has emptied, and we are hoping that it will be washed down and thoroughly cleaned during the volunteers day. This will allow the tanking (water proofing and protection) to be done in the coming days.
We still need extra weekday volunteers. Just please pop by if you want to help even if you have no skills we can find something useful for you to do. Your Swan needs you !
This is Alex Loveless who had a couple of free hours on Thursday. He came in and helped remove some of the ceilings on the first floor. Watch out for more news about Alex as he takes up the 50km Thames Path Challenge in support of The Swan.
Alan and Geraldine contacted me on Monday to express an interest in volunteering. Alan is a time served local builder and is going to offer some of his time along with Geraldine who will act as his assistant.
One of the main areas is the exposed brickwork in the bar - he will help to prepare this and then undertake all the pointing. We are at a crucial stage now with the bar and this work is invaluable.
Marilyn, site project manager
Some photos will be added very soon.
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Soaked in history
The Swan always been more than just a watering hole for thirsty locals. Situated on Mill Lane within the Clewer Village area of Windsor, it's a leisurely 20 minute walk from Windsor Castle. The Swan dates from the 18th century, and during its long history has served as a coaching inn and courthouse. It's also been known variously as The Swan Inn and The Swan Hotel too.
According to local folklore, there is a tunnel linking The Swan to the local church of St Andrews. There is a debris filled hole within the pub which is claimed to be the entrance. Whether this is true, or one of the Victorian pranks common in Windsor, is unclear. Around the 1870s, the coroner held inquests and post mortems at The Swan for those that had drowned in the nearby Thames. It is said that the last journey of those unfortunate souls was through the tunnel to the church.
Being close to the Thames Path for walkers, National Routes 4 and 61 for cyclists, and the Royal Windsor Racecourse means that this community hub is never too far from the action. It finally closed in 2016.
Now it's our turn to open its doors and write the next chapter in its long-standing history.