A trial run at having a regular Volunteer Wednesday night at the Tally Ho got off to a good start recently with nine people coming along to offer help. The aim is to make this a fun and social occasion for Tally supporters, as well as giving people the opportunity to learn new skills and discover more about South Ham’s only community pub. On the first Wednesday, volunteers were split into two groups one getting training behind the bar with Ian, while the other was shown the ropes of waiting on tables by Ali Batten. It finished up with a very sociable drink. Some people offered to help on a Wednesday once a month (6 to 9pm) whilst others offered to be on the “Emergency Rota” to step in when staff were sick or when bookings were very heavy. Lots of other jobs need doing too – help with the garden is always appreciated, for example.
A loyal band of volunteers already muck in and help in all sorts of ways. As well as professional support in the bar and kitchen, the garden is cared for, the lawn is cut, weeds grimly removed, Quiz Nights organised, windows cleaned, brasses polished and fires laid. Surplus local produce has also been donated to the delight of all the staff. You know who you are and a big thanks to you all.
As lots of us already know, helping out at the Tally is good fun and a very sociable way of getting to know people. And don’t worry – this is not a staff-cutting exercise. It’s to give our hard-working team a day off. So if you fancy getting trained up, just get in touch, come along on any Wednesday or else give Ian a ring on 01803 862316 to find a quiet time to discover the joys of waiting on or pulling a pint.