Locals stage free gig to help save Rockstone pub in Southampton that was hit by a burglar

Rocking for Rockstone

Rocking for Rockstone

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A CAMPAIGN has been launched to save a popular Southampton pub targeted in a £6,000 burglary.

The community has rallied round to support the Rockstone pub after a burglar was caught on camera stealing thousands of pounds from the safe.

Bosses at the Onslow Road pub said they won’t be sure of the true cost of the thief’s actions until the end of the month.

But tonight the campaign to help the pub steps up a gear with a fundraising gig called RockstoneAID. Organiser and pub regular, Stuart Blakeledge, said: “It was so frustrating being there but unable to do anything, and seeing how distressed Max and Aimee both were, I felt that I had to do something to help. “So when I got home I spoke to the other members of my bands ‘Bemis’ and ‘The Sweetchunks Band’ about putting on a show for free. “My band mates all agreed, so we started asking friends of the pub to come down and help their pub, not through charity, but through helping the pub help itself by doing what it does best; putting on a good night out.

“I’m not expecting to make the money back, I’m just hoping to make a dent into it and show Max and Aimee how much people genuinely care about them and their brilliant pub.”

Landlord Max Greenwood, said: “If we’d been robbed a week earlier for example, we wouldn’t have been able to pay any of the staff or our mortgage.”

“To put it in perspective, my wife and I earn £6,000 a year, so to lose £6,000 in one go is fairly tragic.”

He added: “From the very night we were robbed we have had support thrown at us from all directions.

“It was much appreciated and won’t be forgotten.

“It has truly made this whole experience worth it and we are so happy to be a part of The Bevois Valley Community.”

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12:08pm Sat 16 Feb 13

userds5050 says...

It was 5k last week.
It was 5k last week. userds5050
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12:31pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Stillness says...

userds5050 wrote:
It was 5k last week.
Inflation.
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: It was 5k last week.[/p][/quote]Inflation. Stillness
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12:53pm Sat 16 Feb 13

IronLady2010 says...

I still can't believe they were stupid enough to leave the safe open!
I still can't believe they were stupid enough to leave the safe open! IronLady2010
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1:30pm Sat 16 Feb 13

SotonGreen says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
I still can't believe they were stupid enough to leave the safe open!
Oh yes that's right blame the victim !
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: I still can't believe they were stupid enough to leave the safe open![/p][/quote]Oh yes that's right blame the victim ! SotonGreen
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1:33pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Stillness says...

SotonGreen wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
I still can't believe they were stupid enough to leave the safe open!
Oh yes that's right blame the victim !
Does make you wonder why they bother to have a safe thou. Something to do with insurance perhaps?
[quote][p][bold]SotonGreen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: I still can't believe they were stupid enough to leave the safe open![/p][/quote]Oh yes that's right blame the victim ![/p][/quote]Does make you wonder why they bother to have a safe thou. Something to do with insurance perhaps? Stillness
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2:49pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Big Mac says...

About time someone stepped up and named the tea leaf; the cctv footage was clear enough.
About time someone stepped up and named the tea leaf; the cctv footage was clear enough. Big Mac
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2:56pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Ayrton1 says...

What a joke you leave the safe open you get what you deserve pure stupidity!why not raise some money for charity or a good cause where the money is needed rather than someone's naievity???
What a joke you leave the safe open you get what you deserve pure stupidity!why not raise some money for charity or a good cause where the money is needed rather than someone's naievity??? Ayrton1
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3:50pm Sat 16 Feb 13

St.Winch70 says...

Community spirit alive and well in these threads once more.
Fair play to the regulars, they appreciate the hard work the landlord has put in to giving them a super pub and they reciprocate by rallying round when the pub is in trouble.

It's called community spirit and decency, wouldn't expect most of the people who comment on these stories to appreciate that.
Good luck all at the Rockstone.
Community spirit alive and well in these threads once more. Fair play to the regulars, they appreciate the hard work the landlord has put in to giving them a super pub and they reciprocate by rallying round when the pub is in trouble. It's called community spirit and decency, wouldn't expect most of the people who comment on these stories to appreciate that. Good luck all at the Rockstone. St.Winch70
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5:21pm Sat 16 Feb 13

bullarboy says...

Yet again another misleading headline from the DE. Nowhere in the report does it state that the pub is in financial trouble due to the burglary - So therefore one could assume that it does not need to be saved as the (usual over the top) headline implies.
Yet again another misleading headline from the DE. Nowhere in the report does it state that the pub is in financial trouble due to the burglary - So therefore one could assume that it does not need to be saved as the (usual over the top) headline implies. bullarboy
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5:30pm Sat 16 Feb 13

IronLady2010 says...

SotonGreen wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
I still can't believe they were stupid enough to leave the safe open!
Oh yes that's right blame the victim !
I'm not blaming the victim, obviously the blame lies with the thief.

But, lets be honest keeping £5k in an unlocked room in an unlocked safe is hardly one of the most sensible things to do.

Let's hope the local community rally around and keep reminding the Manager to lock the safe!
[quote][p][bold]SotonGreen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: I still can't believe they were stupid enough to leave the safe open![/p][/quote]Oh yes that's right blame the victim ![/p][/quote]I'm not blaming the victim, obviously the blame lies with the thief. But, lets be honest keeping £5k in an unlocked room in an unlocked safe is hardly one of the most sensible things to do. Let's hope the local community rally around and keep reminding the Manager to lock the safe! IronLady2010
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5:48am Sun 17 Feb 13

bigal007 says...

userds5050 wrote:
It was 5k last week.
yep your right
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: It was 5k last week.[/p][/quote]yep your right bigal007
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9:25am Sun 17 Feb 13

userds5050 says...

St.Winch70 wrote:
Community spirit alive and well in these threads once more.
Fair play to the regulars, they appreciate the hard work the landlord has put in to giving them a super pub and they reciprocate by rallying round when the pub is in trouble.

It's called community spirit and decency, wouldn't expect most of the people who comment on these stories to appreciate that.
Good luck all at the Rockstone.
Lol. Roll back under your stone.
[quote][p][bold]St.Winch70[/bold] wrote: Community spirit alive and well in these threads once more. Fair play to the regulars, they appreciate the hard work the landlord has put in to giving them a super pub and they reciprocate by rallying round when the pub is in trouble. It's called community spirit and decency, wouldn't expect most of the people who comment on these stories to appreciate that. Good luck all at the Rockstone.[/p][/quote]Lol. Roll back under your stone. userds5050
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1:24pm Mon 18 Feb 13

tommmmy555 says...

userds5050 wrote:
St.Winch70 wrote: Community spirit alive and well in these threads once more. Fair play to the regulars, they appreciate the hard work the landlord has put in to giving them a super pub and they reciprocate by rallying round when the pub is in trouble. It's called community spirit and decency, wouldn't expect most of the people who comment on these stories to appreciate that. Good luck all at the Rockstone.
Lol. Roll back under your stone.
My god! Quick everyone! This person has made possibly the best joke IN THE WORLD!

I get it! You used the word 'stone' like in the name of the pub!

You are so witty and clever, perhaps you should be put in charge of all things comedy related forever and ever.
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St.Winch70[/bold] wrote: Community spirit alive and well in these threads once more. Fair play to the regulars, they appreciate the hard work the landlord has put in to giving them a super pub and they reciprocate by rallying round when the pub is in trouble. It's called community spirit and decency, wouldn't expect most of the people who comment on these stories to appreciate that. Good luck all at the Rockstone.[/p][/quote]Lol. Roll back under your stone.[/p][/quote]My god! Quick everyone! This person has made possibly the best joke IN THE WORLD! I get it! You used the word 'stone' like in the name of the pub! You are so witty and clever, perhaps you should be put in charge of all things comedy related forever and ever. tommmmy555
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2:21pm Mon 18 Feb 13

kenkanobi says...

You really must be thick if you think this was an insurance scam. How much do you think an insurance company would pay out on an open safe theft? I'm guessing zero. I feel sorry for Max and his missus, and hope that with a little support form those who understand that these things could happen to anyone they will get through it without having to resort to bank loans, debts or closure.
You really must be thick if you think this was an insurance scam. How much do you think an insurance company would pay out on an open safe theft? I'm guessing zero. I feel sorry for Max and his missus, and hope that with a little support form those who understand that these things could happen to anyone they will get through it without having to resort to bank loans, debts or closure. kenkanobi
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2:22pm Mon 18 Feb 13

MaxGreenwood says...

Dear All,

Allow me to mention that this couldn't be an insurance scam. Why would I have £6,000 stolen in order to claim less money back on my insurance, pay and excess AND increase my premiums.

Although if that's how you think it's done, then please, try it at home sometime.

"What a joke you leave the safe open you get what you deserve pure stupidity!why not raise some money for charity or a good cause where the money is needed rather than someone's naievity???"

Those of you in the business will know that it's standard practice during busy working hours to leave the safe open for access as it's in almost constant use. Especially as the safe is upstairs, away from the bar, in our flat, separated from the bar by 4 fire doors, a flight of stairs, a corridor, 6 members of staff, a dog and 16 colour CCTV cameras.

As for charity gigs, we hold two music festivals a year to raise money for "Southampton Sight," "Headway Southampton" and "The Hampshire and Isle Of Wight Air Ambulance." We have fund raising quizzes for the "The Society Of St. James." I sent my car off to The Concorde Classics Car Show to raise money for "Naomi House Children's Charity." All the money raised from our "Man vs. food challenges" all go to Southampton Sight and The IOW Air Ambulance.

We were given a "Champions Of Epilepsy" award last year for helping our local Epilepsy charity.

From the very night we were robbed we have had support thrown at us from all directions.

Ray Bird at The Dorchester helped me go through photos of the suspects, let me know that the guy in the photo had been in his pub looking shifty. He offered help and advice via facebook messaging for over two hours on Monday Night.

Jax Barclay across the road at The Inferno offered us money, stock and a plumber and anything she could do to help! She also was invaluable at providing moral support and advice. We'd met twice before and I was astonished at how willing these people were to help.

Colin Pollard, from up the road at the Shooting Star came over to reassure me and talk me through the insurance process and what to expect. That was very helpful, and let me know that we weren't the only ones to suffer at the hands of thieves.

Gary Winslade at Itchen Valley Brewery rang us up on Monday morning to offer condolences, and indeed gave us a FREE keg of Russian Winter to sell to try and recoup the losses.

Some regulars who were sat at the bar with a couple of friends instantly offered to lend us the money to cover this month's wage bill!

PCSO James Morgan came by the very next morning at 8am, just to see if I was ok. It was much appreciated and WON'T be forgotten.

Unbeknowst to us, Sturt Blakeledge, who was sat under the water falling from the ceiling on Sunday night was already planning a gig. He has arranged acts to come from far and wide to play a "ROCKSTONE AID" festival to help raise money to get us back on our feet.

As a small business, a £6k loss is devastating, it's two weeks stock, or half a month's wages for the staff, and we still don't know how long it will take to catch up.

He has got a few local boys, a few far away boys and a lot of friends and residents interested in helping us out this weekend.

The robbery comes just a month after I personally spent £3200 on external cameras to help the Police and Southampton City Council keep the area of Rockstone Lane safer. Sadly, they didn't help us on the inside!

This I feel has been reciprocated by the locals, and the community spirit, which we have been striving to build since we opened has built into a tangible feeling.

It's like being back in the 50's when people say, "in my day we used to look out for each other!" and other such sayings.

It has truly made this whole experience worth it and we are so happy to be a part of The Bevois Valley Community!

I have heard from the manager at The Stile in Highfield near the uni, that he has had the guy that robbed us in his pub TWICE and the police have still yet to attend.

They have CCTV of him on their system as well.
Dear All, Allow me to mention that this couldn't be an insurance scam. Why would I have £6,000 stolen in order to claim less money back on my insurance, pay and excess AND increase my premiums. Although if that's how you think it's done, then please, try it at home sometime. "What a joke you leave the safe open you get what you deserve pure stupidity!why not raise some money for charity or a good cause where the money is needed rather than someone's naievity???" Those of you in the business will know that it's standard practice during busy working hours to leave the safe open for access as it's in almost constant use. Especially as the safe is upstairs, away from the bar, in our flat, separated from the bar by 4 fire doors, a flight of stairs, a corridor, 6 members of staff, a dog and 16 colour CCTV cameras. As for charity gigs, we hold two music festivals a year to raise money for "Southampton Sight," "Headway Southampton" and "The Hampshire and Isle Of Wight Air Ambulance." We have fund raising quizzes for the "The Society Of St. James." I sent my car off to The Concorde Classics Car Show to raise money for "Naomi House Children's Charity." All the money raised from our "Man vs. food challenges" all go to Southampton Sight and The IOW Air Ambulance. We were given a "Champions Of Epilepsy" award last year for helping our local Epilepsy charity. From the very night we were robbed we have had support thrown at us from all directions. Ray Bird at The Dorchester helped me go through photos of the suspects, let me know that the guy in the photo had been in his pub looking shifty. He offered help and advice via facebook messaging for over two hours on Monday Night. Jax Barclay across the road at The Inferno offered us money, stock and a plumber and anything she could do to help! She also was invaluable at providing moral support and advice. We'd met twice before and I was astonished at how willing these people were to help. Colin Pollard, from up the road at the Shooting Star came over to reassure me and talk me through the insurance process and what to expect. That was very helpful, and let me know that we weren't the only ones to suffer at the hands of thieves. Gary Winslade at Itchen Valley Brewery rang us up on Monday morning to offer condolences, and indeed gave us a FREE keg of Russian Winter to sell to try and recoup the losses. Some regulars who were sat at the bar with a couple of friends instantly offered to lend us the money to cover this month's wage bill! PCSO James Morgan came by the very next morning at 8am, just to see if I was ok. It was much appreciated and WON'T be forgotten. Unbeknowst to us, Sturt Blakeledge, who was sat under the water falling from the ceiling on Sunday night was already planning a gig. He has arranged acts to come from far and wide to play a "ROCKSTONE AID" festival to help raise money to get us back on our feet. As a small business, a £6k loss is devastating, it's two weeks stock, or half a month's wages for the staff, and we still don't know how long it will take to catch up. He has got a few local boys, a few far away boys and a lot of friends and residents interested in helping us out this weekend. The robbery comes just a month after I personally spent £3200 on external cameras to help the Police and Southampton City Council keep the area of Rockstone Lane safer. Sadly, they didn't help us on the inside! This I feel has been reciprocated by the locals, and the community spirit, which we have been striving to build since we opened has built into a tangible feeling. It's like being back in the 50's when people say, "in my day we used to look out for each other!" and other such sayings. It has truly made this whole experience worth it and we are so happy to be a part of The Bevois Valley Community! I have heard from the manager at The Stile in Highfield near the uni, that he has had the guy that robbed us in his pub TWICE and the police have still yet to attend. They have CCTV of him on their system as well. MaxGreenwood
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3:18pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Brightwhitestar says...

Well said max, thanks for sharing all that went on behind the scenes.

It's so moving to hear about people pulling together and supporting people.

It's sad when people are limited in their view of charity, the deeper definition of it is purely 'love' love through and through. There is no limitation on who is deserving of love and support, it's just lovely to just be there for others full stop.

I love everything that the rockstone stands for. Most especially the great food and the creative manner in which it is presented, but also the passion and conviction that drives it behind the scenes.

So many people these days live in uninspired lives, doing things they have little interest In or hate. To see people making a living out of things they love doing is fantastic and definitely worth supporting in what ever form possible.

It's sad that someone had to stoop so low In their life to steal from another. But the beauty of seeing people pull together, this I feel is the balance of it all, from such horrible acts can come great things and if this incident brings with it more awareness of the lovely little Rockstone a wonderful addition to Southampton and brings more people to it to experience the great food and atmosphere that is consistent at the rockstone.

Then hopefully this awful event, can have some happy karma, to make up for some harder moments.

And for those of you who sit on line trolling around for things to moan about or belittle. Give it up, use the effort you put into spreading your misery and find something you love doing, your world would be a happier place and people can get on with expressing joy without waiting for your belittling retorts!
Well said max, thanks for sharing all that went on behind the scenes. It's so moving to hear about people pulling together and supporting people. It's sad when people are limited in their view of charity, the deeper definition of it is purely 'love' love through and through. There is no limitation on who is deserving of love and support, it's just lovely to just be there for others full stop. I love everything that the rockstone stands for. Most especially the great food and the creative manner in which it is presented, but also the passion and conviction that drives it behind the scenes. So many people these days live in uninspired lives, doing things they have little interest In or hate. To see people making a living out of things they love doing is fantastic and definitely worth supporting in what ever form possible. It's sad that someone had to stoop so low In their life to steal from another. But the beauty of seeing people pull together, this I feel is the balance of it all, from such horrible acts can come great things and if this incident brings with it more awareness of the lovely little Rockstone a wonderful addition to Southampton and brings more people to it to experience the great food and atmosphere that is consistent at the rockstone. Then hopefully this awful event, can have some happy karma, to make up for some harder moments. And for those of you who sit on line trolling around for things to moan about or belittle. Give it up, use the effort you put into spreading your misery and find something you love doing, your world would be a happier place and people can get on with expressing joy without waiting for your belittling retorts! Brightwhitestar
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3:41pm Mon 18 Feb 13

kenkanobi says...

What comes around goes around, and seeing as the whole community seem willing to help out in times of need I am guessing Max has made regular positive donations to the bank of Karma. If he was some dodgy land lord who was out for a quick buck I'm betting not so many people would be jumping to his rescue.
What comes around goes around, and seeing as the whole community seem willing to help out in times of need I am guessing Max has made regular positive donations to the bank of Karma. If he was some dodgy land lord who was out for a quick buck I'm betting not so many people would be jumping to his rescue. kenkanobi
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