Future plans for The Kings Head
Mon, 09/07/2018 - 12:45
In November 2016 a group of veterans from the Staffordshire Regiment (the Prince of Wales’s) became aware that the lease of the Kings Head public house was available to purchase. The Kings Head is the very place where the Regiment was founded in 1705 and holds a special historical significance both for the people of Lichfield, the county of Staffordshire and all those with any connection with the Regiment. All Regimental activity these days is funded through donations as it was subsumed into the Mercian Regiment some years ago.
An appeal was launched in late 2016 and sufficient donations were collected to enable a company to be formed to acquire the lease of the Kings Head. Originally established (for the sake of speed) as a private limited company, Colonel Luke C.I.C. gained community interest company status in May 2017. As a registered and regulated community interest company, it exists to serve its community and it is required to only be used for its social objectives. Furthermore, it is prohibited from paying any dividends or other distributions to its members (those people who have made donations) and all profits will be re-invested in the company to further its social objectives. These specifically include serving the community of the citizens of Lichfield and its surrounding area. The directors of the company are all volunteers and receive no salaries.
Further to this it is intended to establish a Veterans Reconnection Hub by refurbishing one of the rooms in the courtyard where veterans and their families can go to get advice and information as the need arises. We are proud and are not always comfortable accepting charity and want to support ourselves. This is a unique approach and we do not know of any other project like this in the Country. Support us to write our future history.
We would like you to know that when you socialise and use the services in the Kings Head we plan for you to have a brilliant experience, and any profits made go towards supporting members of the armed forces community who have given service to the Country.