Save The Red Lion Campaign Patrons

  • Sidbury Community Enterprises' community share offer launched to buy the Red Lion
  • Save The Red Lion Campaign Patrons - Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP & The Reverend Susie Williams
  • Campaign's company - Sidbury Community Enterprises - has made an offer to buy the Red Lion
  • East Devon District Council has listed the Red Lion pub as an Asset of Community Value - a significant Campaign milestone

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Great campaign launch today!

At lunchtime to day over 50 concened residents packed into the skittle alley at the Red Lion to discuss the implications for them & the village of the pub having been put up for sale by Punch Taverns. This turnout exceeded the expectations of the organisers & shows the depth of concern that there is locally to the sale of the pub. All of this in response to an issue that was not known about 4 weeks ago!

A detailed report on the meeting will be posted tomorrow. However, it is worth reporting now that the meeting agreed to establish a campaign group supported by a steering group charged with pusuing a campaign to retain the pub.

As a result the campaign group now has almost 60 founding members and steps will now be taken to increase the number of supporters of the campaign.

Other notable numbers linked to the campaign since we launched our social media sites 4 weeks ago are -
  • this blog has had over 1,000 visits
  • we now have 100 Facebook friends
  • we have 70 followers on Twitter
Despite Punch Taverns shameful lack of investment in the Red Lion whilst it has owned the pub & the inevitable consequences that will have had on trade, the campaign is now up & running & determined to ensure that a new owner can be found who has the business sense & vision to make the pub the heart of the village.

The Red Lion will roar loudly again!