The Chequers Inn has been the country pub at the heart of Roxwell for over 250 years. We want it remain here – now and for generations to come. 

Residents gather outside the Chequers in Roxwell to show their support to save this historic landmark.
Residents of Roxwell celebrate purchasing the pub on 13th April 2024 with a banner that reads "Thank you for your support"

The Roxwell Chequers Community Benefit Society has been formed to save The Chequers and secure its long term future. The photos above show supporters outside the pub on 9th August (left) when we launched our pledge campaign and then on 13th April (right) when we put up the sold sign.


Formal notice of the 1st Annual General Meeting of the
Roxwell Chequers Community Benefit Society

We give notice that the first Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held at 7:30pm on 13th June 2024, at St Michael and All Angels Church, Roxwell. The meeting is open to full (primary) members of the Society, or their registered proxy.

Doors open at 7pm. Please arrive early, as registration at the door will be required, and you will receive voting papers. We recommend bringing a pen, to help speed up completion of ballot papers.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

  1. Welcome, introductions and apologies
  2. Chair’s report
  3. Membership report
    Break  – Voting for members of the Management Committee
  4. Financial report
  5. Pub refurbishment report
  6. Election of Management Committee result announcement

We would be grateful if you could confirm your attendance or otherwise to help us to plan for the event. If you have not already done so, please respond by 6th June 2024 by emailing

Please note due to limited capacity at the church, we reserve the right to limit attendance to full (primary) members of the Society only.

So what’s next? The May Update is here!

The Steering Group, who are a small group of unpaid volunteers, remain busy despite the pub purchase completing – there is a lot to do to get our lovely Chequers ready to open.

Thank you to all the hard-working volunteers who have joined Ian and Clive in the many tasks we had ahead of contractors moving in to start the refurbishment.  There were so many people willing to give time and it has been brilliant to see that community spirit alive and well in our lovely village.

So what have we been up to? Mainly removing and cleaning all the interior surfaces inside the pub to be ready for decorating, dismantling cabinets, removing very old glue and wallpaper, clearing the garden area – all the glamorous jobs!  

Those walking past the pub will be observing that work has started on the exterior; the doorway improvements are underway, samples are being taken from the walls to check for issues and you can see the scaffolding is up for use in weeks to come.

We are still seeking volunteers to help as we have lots to do to prepare the site for future building works. If you are interested please contact Ian Wren on 07980 401311 asap.

There are exciting times ahead for Roxwell – we will be issuing share certificates, there is potential celebrations now the pub is in the hands of the community and our first shareholders members meeting (now scheduled for 13th June) – if you are a shareholder and haven’t had an email about this, do contact and we can update you.

We have a fundraising event ahead on the evening of 6th June – Essex Distillery is supporting us again to arrange a ticketed gin tasting tour – see advert below for more details.

So do watch this space and join the Facebook Group “Save The Chequers (Roxwell)” or our mailing list – just hit the contact us button at the top of the page.

Fundraising Event : Essex Spirits Company

Distillery Tour and Gin Tasting on 6th June 7.30pm

Many of you will know that our friends at the Essex Spirits Company have been very supportive of the campaign to save our pub, labelling our very own ‘Save the Chequers’ gin and donating £10 for every bottle sold. 

This fantastic local company is now proposing to help us further by hosting a very sociable tour and tasting evening at their local distillery off Waterhouse Lane in Chelmsford (2 Cromar Way, CM1 2QE) on Thursday 6th June at 7.30pm in aid of RCCBS. 

Following a welcome drink, they will provide a tour of the distillery before a tasting session will begin to allow us to sample a range of their products, which major on the use of sustainable local ingredients. Arranging a lift home is essential! I am assured by a few people who have been on the tour that it’s a great evening even if you are not a big fan of gin. It will also be a good opportunity to catch up with friends and other supporters of the pub whilst it remains closed. 

Nibbles will be provided alongside the tasting session, kindly provided by Jill Vicary.  

For those wishing to attend, we are suggesting a minimum donation of £20 per person to RCCBS to help support the refurbishment of The Chequers. The Essex Spirit Co are waiving their usual entry fee to allow this. 

If you would like to take part, please advise Jill Vicary, who is coordinating the event, by email at or by calling 07900 551868.

We hope lots of people will enjoy this event whilst raising a little money to help bring our pub back to life. Numbers are limited to 30 so don’t delay. Please sign up now! 

Many thanks to the Essex Spirits Co for their ongoing support, and to Jill Vicary for arranging the event. Save The Chequers branded gin is still available and their other products are, which include rum and vodka can be found via the website ad in previous news below.

Of course, if you missed the chance to become a shareholder, you can still donate to the cause at any time and gratefully received. Thank you.

If you have any questions – contact us via email at


‘Save The Chequers’ Gin On Sale

We are very lucky that The Essex Spirits Company have heard about our campaign and offered to donate to Save The Chequers. They have created a lovely citrus dry gin (which is branded with our Save The Chequers logo – see above) and it is priced at £36 of which £10 is donated to us with every bottle sold. So you can sip on a lovely glass of gin safe in the knowledge you are helping secure our future!

Thank you to Zane (owner of the Essex Spirits Company) for over £500 in donations to date – this is very much appreciated.

Meet the Steering Group

We have been entirely volunteer led to date. Meet the steering group and its hard working volunteers – and find out how to become one!