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

Friday, 29 November 2013

Campaign Company Formation Remains Sidmouth Herald Most Read Article

The most read article on the Sidmouth Herald website a week on from it reporting remains the story of the formation of the Campaign’s company Sidbury Community Enterprises Limited. It has been the most read article all week!

The Sidmouth Herald reports the story under the heading “Share offer plan to buy the Red Lion”.  The link to the article is -

Friday, 22 November 2013

Today's Sidmouth Herald Report On Campaign Latest

Today’s Sidmouth Herald newspaper on page 6 under an article headed “Share offer plan to buy the Red Lion” reports on Save The Red Lion Campaign forming a limited company to purchase the Red Lion.
The report quotes Campaign Chair & local MP and Campaign Patron Hugo Swire following the creation of Sidbury Community Enterprises Limited.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Exeter & East Devon CAMRA Magazine Report

Exeter & East Devon CAMRA’s magazine, Exe Ale, carries a report about the creation of Save The Red Lion Campaign in its latest edition – issue 63, Autumn 2013 - EditionCAMRAExeAleMagazine.pdf
CAMRA is extremely good at promoting good beer & seeking it out. This local CAMRA group’s activities can be found at Go and have a look at what they are up to around the region.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Pulman's View Reports Creation Of Sidbury Community Enterprises Limited

Today’s edition of Pulman’s View from Sidmouth newspaper carries a sizeable report on page 4 of Save The Red Lion Campaign’s successful registration of  an Independent Provident Society limited company through which it will seek to purchase the Red Lion on behalf of the community.
The company is Sidbury Community Enterprises Limited. It’s name has been chosen as it reflects the Campaign’s key aim of retaining the Red Lion as a community asset.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Sidbury Community Enterprises Limited Wants To Make The Red Lion Roar!

Save The Red Lion Campaign is serious about seeking to purchase the Red Lion in Sidbury, East Devon on behalf of the community and has commenced a dialogue with its current owner the pub company Punch Taverns.
In order to purchase and to own the Red Lion the Campaign has had to create a limited company through which to trade. Save The Red Lion Campaign is pleased to announce that it has now received formal registration from the Financial Conduct Authority of its company – Sidbury Community Enterprises Limited. It is this company that the Campaign hopes will become the new owner of the Red Lion.
Sidbury Community Enterprises Limited, whilst being a limited company, is also an Industrial Provident Society. The company has been both named and created so that it will trade for the benefit of its members and its community. This ethos will set it apart from most existing local pub owners, or potential pub owners, whose main aim will be to maximise the profits for them or their remote shareholders.
Sidbury Community Enterprises Limited will be owned by its members, who will be those who invest in its business. A central element in how the company will fund the purchase and the upgrading and refurbishment of the Red Lion will be by publicly issuing shares which will start at what is hoped will be an attractive and affordable price of £50 each.
Each shareholder will in turn become a member who owns the company. This way all shareholders, who Sidbury Community Enterprises Limited hope will mainly come from the Sid Valley, will be able to directly benefit from a profitable Red Lion enterprise.
Sidbury Community Enterprises Ltd has a vision that it is developing as part of its business plan, of making the Red Lion a community hub. This would mean that as well as being a village pub which undertakes the traditional business activities such as serving drinks, selling meals and catering for bed & breakfast customers, it will also seek to serve and support its local community.
Sidbury Community Enterprises Limited sees the future Red Lion business as providing community related services, offering opportunities for the wider community to make maximum use of its facilities and playing a key role in local community life. The company will want the Red Lion to be seen and used as the Asset of Community Value that East Devon District Council has listed it as.
To assist in shaping the community related aspect of its business the company’s campaigning arm, Save The Red Lion Campaign has issued a questionnaire across the whole of Sidbury inviting residents to say how they would want to be able to use the pub in future. The feedback from the questionnaire will help to shape Sidbury Community Enterprises Limited’s business plan for a future successful Red Lion business.
In announcing the creation of Sidbury Community Enterprises Limited Fred Burnett Chair of Save The Red Lion Campaign said “By creating Sidbury Community Enterprises Limited we are making it clear that we are determined to purchase the Red Lion as we think that it can be made a successful community based pub. We want the pub to not only be a successful local business, but also to be owned by and to support the local community. We think that the name says it all. We are determined to get the Red Lion for the community”.
Local MP and Save The Red Lion Campaign Patron the Rt Hon Hugo Swire said “The fact that Sidbury Community Enterprises Ltd has now been formed shows the determination that local campaigners have to buy the Red Lion for the local community. A community owned pub in Sidbury would be excellent news for all those in the area. I wish them good luck in their continuing endeavours to buy the Red Lion.”
This marks a significant stage as what started out as a campaign group is now developing into a potential community based owner of a future Red Lion business.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Help To Shape A Future Red Lion

As members of Save The Red Lion Campaign’s Steering Group beaver away over their abacus trying to make sense of the reams of figures that they are pouring over, under the guise of a draft business plan, there is still time to help to influence what sort of pub you would like to see a future Red Lion business to be.
It is important that the future business that the Campaign tries to create for the Red Lion reflects feedback that we receive from the local community. To help gain this feedback we have issued a questionnaire which has been distributed at Sidbury Fair Day, at our public meeting & more recently across Sidbury door to door.
In the questionnaire we have asked what sort of pub you would like to be created and in particular we have asked when you think you would want to drink in it, when you would want to eat in it, what sort of food you would like to be served and what other services/facilities you would like the pub to offer.
The questionnaire not only is designed to understand what sort of pub you want but also how you think the pub can support & serve the local community. This latter part of the questionnaire is every bit as important as the parts that try to help to shape the business.
We have had a large number of people responding to the questionnaire which shows that there is interest in trying to influence the future Red Lion. There is still a little bit longer to get your form in if you haven’t already done so.
Completed forms should be returned to any of the addresses at the bottom of the questionnaire or returned to the Campaign email –

Monday, 11 November 2013

Sorry Tale Of The Alma Pub

Another tale of problems facing landlords of successful pubs.
The Guardian reports on the eviction of the landlady of the Alma pub in north London which had been hailed as CAMRA north London’s cider pub of the year.
The question is what constitutes a “failing” pub? For many pubcos it’s those that don’t bring in as much profit as they would like regardless of them being at the heart of a local community. This is where more & more local people are turning to getting them registered as an Asset Of Community Value in an attempt to retain them

Friday, 8 November 2013

Bowd Inn Closes

Today’s Sidmouth Herald reports the shocking and sad news that the Bowd Inn has closed. The pub is reported to have closed its doors on Tuesday following the bankruptcy of one of the leaseholders.
Not only does this deprive the area of another pub but it also means that 13 staff are now left without a job.
We were last in the Bowd Inn last Saturday and had a pleasant lunch, although it wasn’t that busy.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Another Devon Village Creates Campaign To Keep Their Pub

The Western Morning News reports on another local pub campaign that has been created to retain their local pub. This time the campaign is in Chulmleigh, north Devon.

Local residents have come together to create a campaign to keep the Globe Inn in Chulmleigh open after its owner has earmarked it for closure.

You can read about this campaign’s fight in the Western Morning News at -

Friday, 1 November 2013

Today's Sidmouth Herald Campaign Article

Today’s Sidmouth Herald reports the latest from Save The Red Lion Campaign on page 22 in an article headed “Save the pub bid wins grant aid”.