RED LION HOUSE CHARITY
Progress so far...
The Red Lion pub, on the corner of Rolleston Road and Horninglow Road North, has been purchased by the St. John’s Church Hall charity and then a new charity, the Red Lion House Charity, was constituted in November 2015 to manage the development and management of a community centre.
A lease was drawn up to legally allow this charity to manage the development and running of the building. The Architect’s plans were put out to tender, and two good quotes were received, the best one being from the long established Horninglow building firm of Forbes West.
On further advice from the solicitors, the Trustees applied for an Albemarle scheme from the Charity Commission, by which the pub could be treated as a ‘Village Hall’ rather than purely a Church hall, thereby allowing a much wider scope for community use, as well as opening up many more funding opportunities.
Work will be completed in three phases:
Phase 1a to make the building structurally sound is now finished.
Phase 1b will produce a useable ground floor facility with toilets, kitchen, and a large function room.
Phase 2 will allow completion of the upstairs area, with further meeting rooms, office space etc.
Fundraising events held so far include:
A MADNESS tribute night at The Royal Oak in February 2016 raised £267 towards the fund for the development of Red Lion House.
County Councillors Shelagh McKiernan and Ron Clarke donate £2898 from the Staffs County Council’s Local Community Fund.
Church Linked Youth Club has held Pudding Evenings and Bingo Nights to raise money for Red Lion House
A charity curry night was held in October 2017, with the support of Mr Hussain from the Apne Curry House. Entertainment was provided by a local singer Stacy Crowe and an auction and raffle were held with prizes donated by Burton Albion, Punch Taverns, Molson Corrs and Branston Golf Club. The curry night was an opportunity to involve local residents in an evening of food and entertainment to support a community project. A total of £4210 was raised
There are regular Coffee and Cake fundraising mornings held at the Parish Room on Rolleston Road, usually on the last Saturday in the month.
The 16th Burton Brownie unit held a Charity Fundraiser as part of their Charity Badge.
They had made crafts to sell, and with cakes, drinks, raffle and carol singing, they raised a total of £110 for Red Lion House.
The Brownies are one of the groups wanting to use the building when it is open as more space will enable a wider range of activities.
Work is continuing as funds allow, and there are several grant applications in the pipeline to help finance the remaining work.
A vast amount of work by many good people has been done over the last few years to get to where we are now. We are very hopeful that we shall soon have a splendid facility for the use of the whole community.
If you would like to help in any way, please contact one of the Trustees:
Dr Stephen Collier (Treasurer)
Mrs Denise Shaw (Secretary)
Mr Charles Dean
£2898 donated by the Local Community Fund
The November Coffee and Cake morning
Items for sale at the Brownies fundraiser.