About The Never Say Die
The Never Say Die is the only pub in the coastal village of Jaywick Sands in Essex, and was built in 1936 at the heart of its community. It still has the original wooden beams, fireplaces and leaded windows and the Jaywick Sands Revival CBS group is in the process of applying for it to become a Listed building.
Historically, the building was a sub-post office and a small pub, while now it is a larger pub with two flats above and a large function room at the rear. The pub was in use, but had been run down and needed some care and attention, and the local community were passionate about keeping it when they heard that there were plans for it to be developed as a block of flats.
The Jaywick Sands Revival CBS runs the pub, and indeed all its incredible community activities, purely with volunteers. There are no salaried employees and even those people that used to work at the pub previous to community ownership now give their time for free. All building work has been done for free by local builder ‘Mick at the bar’ – named for the position he always takes up in the pub.
It is this passion for the pub and the value it has at the centre of all that happens in the village that defines the group’s work. Such is the love for the pub, there were no problems at all in getting wholehearted support for the project to buy the Lease from the community and the District Council.
The group works closely with a network of local charities and community groups as part of the fabric of support for Jaywick Sands residents. Age UK visit the pub weekly, following up referrals made to the group and taking them forward to set up vital adult social care provision. A local charity Warm Hands for Cold Hearts collects warm winter clothing, drops it off at the pub and the group then distributes it to the local homeless community.
Jayne Nash, the lynchpin of the group, uses her experience of working at the DWP to help people complete benefit forms and others, such as paperwork for funerals. The Never Say Die hosts wakes for the community as needed, completely free of charge.
The visits from the goats to the pub is a massively beneficial thing for elderly residents’ wellbeing and local children get involved with visiting the animals, petting and grooming them. This coming summer the group has organised for a local Special School to visit a class at a time to help groom and muck out the animals on the land that the District Council gifted to the group for this purpose.