Heritage Lincolnshire operates from the Humber to the Wash across the historical county of Lincolnshire.
Our objectives are to advance the education of the public in all matters relating to Lincolnshire’s rich and diverse heritage and to preserve and investigate that heritage for the benefit of local people and visitors to the County. We are engaged in these objectives at a time when recognition of the value of heritage is rising and in a county full of potential in terms of heritage led regeneration. Our vision is to ensure that: The special character and significance of Lincolnshire’s heritage is understood, valued, conserved and celebrated for the benefit of local people, visitors and future generations.
The charity has recently raised £2.4 million for the restoration of the Old King’s Head in Kirton and the capital works are now in progress. This historic building, dating from the late 16th century, will be fully refurbished for use as a café and 4* B&B accommodation. Partners include the RSPB (who receive c.58,000 visitors to Frampton Marsh Nature Reserve per year), Visit Boston, Visit Lincoln, Boston Borough Council and other visitor attractions in the area. A detailed business plan is in place for this new venture.
Heritage Lincolnshire has received funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Wash Fens Leader Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, the H B Allen Charitable Trust, the Lincolnshire Economic Action Partnership and a range of other charitable donors. The local community has offered tremendous support to the project and helped to raise funds for this new destination venue in their area.
The Old King’s Head in Kirton will be run as a trading arm of Heritage Lincolnshire and any surplus made will be invested back into the charity for its core purposes.
Operational Manager (Full Time, Permanent Post, Salary : £27,000)
This new role within the charity has been created specifically to develop and operate the new business at the Old King’s Head in Kirton. This exciting new venture is in its early stages and this role is an opportunity to lead on the development of all aspects of the hospitality and catering offer within the property. We are looking for a new member of staff with the drive, initiative and enthusiasm that will match our commitment to delivering a high quality catering, accommodation and retail offer within a destination venue. You will have exceptional communication skills, be a team player, and have experience of managing people. The successful candidate will have previous experience of operational management within a leisure/hospitality industry, preferably setting up a new business.
T he Old King’s Head, Kirton
The Old King’s Head is a Grade II listed building situated in the village of Kirton, near Boston. In 2014 the building was identified as ‘at risk’ from dereliction and Boston Borough Council approached Heritage Lincolnshire to find a viable solution for its repair and reuse. The building was purchased by the Trust in 2016 using a loan from the Architectural Heritage Fund and has raised £2.4 million for its redevelopment. A grant of £1.9 million has been secured from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The new business will be based on a café offering a deli inspired menu, using local produce for high quality breakfasts, lunches, and afternoon tea. Monthly evening events will also be offered and a small retail area will offer customers a selection of food, gifts, kitchenware and greetings cards. 4* accommodation is available within the main building, with 4 B&B rooms on the first floor, and within the stable block, in the form of a 2 bedroom self-catering flat. The retail/craft units within units within the stable block will be complementary to the uses of the main building, as will the microbrewery in the outbuilding. This creates a destination that will be needed to attract customers to the area and an annual programme of events and activities will be used to further encourage regular use of the facilities.
To find out more about the job and to apply, please download the full Job Description & Specification and apply using the Application Form.
Deadline for applications Friday 28th June at 5pm
Interviews expected to be held the week of the 1st/8th July 2019