The ‘official’ leaving ‘do’ at the White Hart, for licensees Andy and Julie Moss, when they said their farewells to the people of Whitchurch took place on Sunday evening. It was a happy, relaxed gathering, although a few damp eyes were seen.
Since taking over the pub/hotel, they have turned it around into both a thriving business and much loved social facility, fulfilled by recognising that a pub needs to embrace the local community to be successful.
Loyalty shone through
With their dedicated staff showing the same strong community-ethos, the pub catered for everyone with it’s special laid back but professional service where nothing was too much bother. Such is the loyalty that some will remain with Andy and Julie, when they move to their new pub – the Sun Inn at Coate near Swindon.
If the customers there get half of what Andy and Julie gave to Whitchurch they will be in for a treat.
A special place
The White Hart holds a special place for this website too as many evenings have been spent discussing the site and its future while propping up the bar and enjoying the excellent ales from Arkells. This page could be filled with the support Andy and Julie have given to Whitchurch, from hosting events and meetings, supporting local groups and societies, providing fun and enjoyment and even having the town’s first painted bollards!
Presentation and farewell
Last night’s presentation and book of customers’ thoughts and best wishes was handed over by Kristie Kristabelle Hayes and Sharon Longmate, followed by a moving speech from Julie, thanking customers, staff and Whitchurch for their time here.
A few eyes were wiped.
To the Moss family
We can do no more than raise our glasses to Andy and Julie, and their children Euan and Liberty.
You will be missed.