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Introducing Duncan, new Landlord of the Parrot, Forest Green.

The Parrot recently shut its doors to enable Brunning and Price to take over and sensitively refurbish the pub, marrying up the old with the new before it reopens on the 11th December, just in time to welcome everyone for their Christmas festivities.  

Duncan Moore will be at the helm when it reopens, along with his wife Nikki and their beloved cocker spaniel Bo. Duncan originally hails from Hull but moved south many moons ago in order to flourish in his career as a manager of all sorts of hospitality venues, from sports bars to late night venues. After 8 years managing the Crooked Billet for Young’s he is thrilled to be settling down in Forest Green. When not behind the bar, Duncan has a passion for Rugby League (as do all true Yorkshireman we are told), but his love of beer and red wine soon bring him back to where he truly belongs. Once the dust settles, both he and Nikki are keen to move in as soon as possible in order to start meeting their neighbours and make the most of the beautiful local walks that they can enjoy with Bo.

Duncan says ‘’Opening so close to Christmas will be brilliant as it means we will get to meet so many of the local community who we hope will join us in order to celebrate with their family and friends. We have already taken lots of bookings for Christmas Day, but there’s always space for more, and we are excited to be celebrating the start of a new year in our new home at the pub.

Once the tinsel is all packed away we can start to think about 2019 within the pub. We are keen to invite along some local breweries, which we seem lucky to have a wealth of, to showcase their beers in ‘meet the Brewer’ nights and perhaps one day we might be able to run a small beer festival.

Being foodies, our menu which can be seen on our website, is something of an eclectic mix, striking a balance of hearty pub classics, complemented by more exotic influences from around the world and of course at this time of year, some festive favourites.  

We think simple things done well are often the best and we want to create a friendly atmosphere in attractive surroundings where locals, regulars and new customers can meet, eat, drink and relax. That for us, is what being a good pub in the heart of its community is all about.’’

 

At present The Parrot are building their team and have opportunities for friendly people both front and back of house who would like to join them, so if you’re looking for just a few hours or even a full-time career, they would love to hear from you. All vacancies can be seen on the website www.theparrotpub.co.uk and if there is something that suits please send an email to domonic@brunningandprice.co.uk with a CV (if you have one) letting him know what position you’re interested in.

16th Nov 2018

Village Hall Parking improvements

The Village Hall is funding some improvements to the parking this month - basically installing a plastic grasscrete grid along the verge where people currently park, with the intention of improving what is currently a very rough and ready arrangement. At the same time, Abinger Parish Council has agreed to fund some repair work to the access road involving tarmac infilling of the worst bits.

From Monday 8th October while this work is being carried out, can all hall users please park in the Parrot’s front car park until work is finished.  Thank you for your co-operation.

1st Oct 2018

No no he's not dead, he's restin'! Parrot gets re-fit.

The Parrot recently shut its doors to enable work to begin, sensitively marrying up the old with the new before it reopens in early in December, in time for Christmas festivities.

 

Mary Willcock, Manager Director for Brunning and Price said ‘’We are aware that wrinkles add character to a face, so rest assured the pub will retain its character while enjoying some well-earned TLC. You’ll still find us traditional in style, with open fires, wooden floors, bookcases, decent old furniture and lots of rugs and plants.
Being foodies, our menu which can be seen on our website, is something of an eclectic mix, striking a balance of hearty pub classics, complemented by more exotic influences from around the world. It changes regularly and reflects the seasons but there’s always a mix of traditional British dishes alongside something a little different.

We think simple things done well are often the best and we want to create a friendly atmosphere in attractive surroundings where locals, regulars and new customers can meet, eat, drink and relax. That for us, is what being a good pub in the heart of its community is all about.’’

The Parrot will join the Brunning and Price family of pubs. If you haven’t heard of them, it’s probably because all of their pubs are very much individuals, but if you would like to find out more, please visit www.brunningandprice.co.uk
You may know of these local pubs that also sit within the family; the Fox Revived, Norwood Hill, the Pheasant at Buckland or Gomshall Mill, Guildford.

To keep up with the refurbishment visit The Parrot website
Or 'like' the new Facebook page: parrotinnforestgreen

 

1st Oct 2018

Age Concern Mole Valley Computer Courses

If you are over 55 and live in the Mole Valley area, you can use Age Concern’s free computer courses based in either Dorking or Leatherhead. 

The course runs once a week for 6-8 weeks. Topics covered will include:  browsing on the internet, basic keyboard and mouse skills, using an iPad/Tablet, setting up and using your own email or skype accounts and how to shop on the internet as well.

Those who already own a laptop or an iPad/Tablet are encouraged to bring that to learn on. Computers can be provided as well – it’s up to you! 

Before coming to the course, you must register your interest by telephoning 07442 017169 / 01306 899104 or by email: info@ageconcernmolevalley.org.uk

 Find out more

Registered Charity No 1111678

20th Apr 2018

FG Cricket Club World Tour!

 

Last season, for the first time in over 30 years Forest Green Cricket Club went on tour! As it had been such a long time, they decided not to do things by halves so they went to Corfu. Two games were arranged for the end of September, one of them to be played on the famous ground amongst the cafes of Corfu Town, the other to be played on the Marina ground nearby.
On the first day, much to the team’s dismay, they were met at the ground by the sight of the opposition limbering up in a most professional manner. When they asked the name of the team they were told it was the Greek National side! As Greece were taking part in an international tournament the following week they needed to practice. Unfortunately Forest Green were no match for them.
The following day the match was against a team called Achilles in Corfu Town and Forest Green became only the third Corfu Tours team to win there! The other two teams to have that distinction were The Lords Taverners and the MCC!

If you would like to play cricket for your village this season contact Malcolm - redcapclayton@btinternet.com

6th Feb 2018

MVDC call for greenfield sites

 

Mole Valley District Council, in its efforts to meet local housing need, has decided that modest additions to rural villages is one of the preferred options it wants to explore further.
To investigate how it might be included in the Local Plan – called Future Mole Valley in which the general public will have the opportunity for consultation in late summer/early autumn 2018 – MVDC is looking to meet with parish councils and local residents associations early in the New Year.
At the same time a consultation will run from now until 5th February 2018 seeking landowners who may wish to promote land for inclusion in Future Mole Valley. The consultation is also open to non-landowners (Including parish councils and village associations) to suggest land that could be developed for the benefit of their village.
Under the banner ‘Greenfield Call-for-Sites', MVDC is issuing this call to landowners: “If you own or have an interest in a site which you would like the Council to consider for future development please visit the futuremolevalley.org website for further information. The Council is also seeking community engagement on the potential for modest extensions to rural villages as a means of supporting vibrant and successful rural communities. Officers from the Planning Policy department will be attending Parish Council meetings in early 2018.”

The meeting for the Abinger Parish will be held at The Evelyn Hall, Abinger Common, on Monday 19th February at 8pm. It is an open meeting and the public are encouraged to attend.
Please contact the Clerk in advance if you are intending to come.

6th Feb 2018

Village Hall


The AGM of the Village Hall was held on 11th Jan. At the meeting it was reported that the Hall’s funds are looking quite healthy at the moment due in large part to the money raised by The Village Day. We need to build up a large fund as the windows are in dire need of replacement plus several other maintenance issues.
During the election of officers Malcolm Clayton stepped down as chairman after 16 years to make way for Lucy Baker although he remains on the committee. Lucy will also have the support of the other long serving members of the committee; Gaye Collis, Secretary and bookings clerk and Tim May, Treasurer also Lee Buckland and Jim Barclay.

6th Feb 2018

2017 - What a Year!

2017 was an excellent year for the two main Village events, The Village Day and  Bonfire Night. £2,468 was raised by the Village Day which was shared between
the Hall, the cricket club and the Friends of Holy Trinity Church.

The Bonfire Night raised £1793 which enabled donations to St Catherine’s Hospice,
Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, the cricket club and the Village Hall.
Both these events broke previous fund raising records and grateful thanks go to the organisers and all who supported them. A great time was had by all and we
look forward to a repeat performance this year.

6th Feb 2018

Age Concern Mole Valley Computer Courses - May/June 2018

If you are over 55 and live in the Mole Valley area, you can use Age Concern’s free computer courses based in either Dorking or Leatherhead. 

The course runs once a week for 6-8 weeks. Topics covered will include:  browsing on the internet, basic keyboard and mouse skills, using an iPad/Tablet, setting up and using your own email or skype accounts and how to shop on the internet as well.

Those who already own a laptop or an iPad/Tablet are encouraged to bring that to learn on. Computers can be provided as well – it’s up to you! 

Before coming to the course, you must register your interest by telephoning 07442 017169 / 01306 899104 or by email: info@ageconcernmolevalley.org.uk

 Find out more

Registered Charity No 1111678

 

 


14th Dec 2017

Bonfire Building... We Need You!

We need as much help as possible this Sunday 22nd from 10am to build the bonfire as its the last weekend left before our Bonfire & Fireworks Night on the 28th.

Come and join us, its good fun.... honest!

 

16th Oct 2017

Will Writing Service


If you are over 50 and live in the Mole Valley area, you can use Age Concern Mole Valley’s Will Writing Service.


Once a month local solicitors, Hart Scales & Hodges are taking appointments for Will Writing at the Age Concern Mole Valley offices in Dorking.  (A suggested donation of £50 can be given to Age Concern Mole Valley for the service.  A solicitor would normally charge over £200).


To book an appointment for the Will Writing Clinic,
please call 01306 899104/ 07442 017169
or by email: info@ageconcernmolevalley.org.uk  

Registered Charity No 1111678

3rd May 2017