The pub is at the heart of our community but to us that means more than just location.
We’re pleased to support our local community champions doing their bit to improve people’s lives and also to do what we can ourselves to make a difference to those around us.
These are our current initiatives.
Your Galloping Horse making a difference.
We’re proud to support local charities and to do our bit, however small, to improve lives in our community.
We value your support for our initiatives.
Our team were busy on the first morning of closure because of coronavirus. We delivered food and treats to some people in the local community and donated the majority of our fresh food stock to the wonderful food bank facility at Moorclose Community Centre.
We have set aside a fund of money for community or charitable purposes. Each year we make contributions to play our part in improving lives in our local community.
If you are aware of a West Cumbrian charity, individual or cause who may benefit from our support, please complete our funding application form (PDF) or here in Word format and email it finance[at]ospreyinns.co.uk (or email us if you have enquiries about this process) and we will see if we can help. Naturally, we have a limit to what we are able to commit and all requests are considered on an individual basis.
Whitehaven Sea Cadets
Our community fund recently helped out a really worthwhile local cause, the Whitehaven Sea Cadets.
Wishing them continued success!
Another local recipient of support from our charitable fund was Seaton Rangers ARLFC. We’re pleased to support our local sporting groups and wish them success this season.
We are absolutely delighted to announce that as part of our community fund we are able to help another wonderful local cause. Healthy Hopes currently offer a wide range of outstanding support sessions for people throughout the community.
They recently took over some of the sessions previously run by MIND and have naturally experienced increased financial pressure delivering these. We are thrilled to have managed to provide funds of £1000 which should provide cover for the next twelve months’ costs involved in the Workington weekly drop-in session, which helps socially isolated vulnerable people.
We hope this will help to give assurance and stability to those who rely on this service. This is an outstanding cause and we are pleased to be able to pay a small part in supporting this vital community asset.
Workington Reds Junior Under-7s
As part of our ongoing commitment to the help within the local Community where possible, we are delighted to be able to sponsor this great local sports team with their kits and equipment for the coming season. We wish them every success for the forthcoming season!
Calvert Trust at Bassenthwaite
We are going to donate a “Tramper” to the Calvert Trust at Bassenthwaite. This vehicle is designed to help the elderly and those with disabilities to get around the lake and view the nesting ospreys etc.
Make a date in your diary for our regular fundraisers.
Look out too on our news and social media for special one-off events.
Help us to make a difference in our community.
Save a Seat for Sunday
As part of Galloping Horse Pubs on-going commitment to our community, we would like to remind our customers about ‘Save A Seat For Sunday’ which is a program for the benefit of folks who either live alone or those who find it difficult to get out as much as maybe they would like, or perhaps you can think of someone who does so much for the local community and they deserve a little treat.
Save A Seat For Sunday is suspended at the moment given Covid-19 restrictions but when we can resume, it usually happens at noon on the first Sunday of each month. A table is reserved for up to eight guests to which we’ll invite groups or individuals to come and have lunch on us and enjoy the banter we always have in the Pub on Sunday lunchtime.
This is by invitation only but if you would like to suggest an individual or group of people who would benefit please do let us know by email, Facebook message, ring or drop in and give a message to Colette.
An Osprey Project – The Buzz Station
We’re very excited to here that our owners Osprey Management Group will operate a new venue based in Whitehaven’s iconic former bus station. To be named The Buzz Station, there’ll be a 100 seater cafe/bar on the ground floor and office space above. Sellafield Ltd is investing £2.6m into the Buzz Station and the North Shore scheme is led by BEC, with the help of partners including Copeland Borough Council and Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners.
Showcasing fantastic local produce and food innovation in its 100 seater cafe/bar on the ground floor, it’s also anticipated that the first floor office space will be a home to tech, digital, media, and creative start-ups.
We’re delighted that Osprey was selected for this project because of our community credentials; to quote Michael Pemberton, chief executive of BEC; “The development revives neglected places. Craig Lowery and the team at Osprey have taken a similar approach to developments, choosing places that need to be revitalised and returned to the communities that house them, providing leisure spaces for society to thrive and supporting employment opportunities on the coast of Cumbria.” Read more here
Image courtesy of the Times & Star shows Rob Miller of BEC with Osprey directors Lucinda Brown and Craig Lowery, in front of the development site.
The Osprey Management Group was formed by a group of local business people in order to own and manage a fleet of Cumbrian inns which it has a policy of redeveloping and refurbishing to a high standard, in order to preserve them as viable businesses with a focus for the communities they serve. With good value home-cooked food, quality ales, wines and a warm welcome to all from our staff, at an Osprey inn you are always among friends