Great interest has been shown in Sidbury Community Enterprises’ community share offer to purchase the Red Lion Inn in Sidbury. It has held two share offer Open Days in the past fortnight where around 150 people came along to Sidbury Village Hall to speak to campaigners about the share offer and their plans for a future Red Lion business.
On the second Open Day, held on 3 May, a number of residents brought along completed share offer application forms and presented supporting cheques. The interest in the share offer has clearly increased as a result of what residents have seen and heard at the Open Days.
At the Open Days residents were able to view not only the architect, Simon Spence’s latest plans to alter and upgrade the Red Lion, but also to see 3D computer generated drawings of how these proposals would alter the pub. In addition residents, who came not only from the village, but also from Sidford and Sidmouth, were able to see artist’s impressions of how the inside of the pub’s bar and restaurant areas would look like.
Commenting upon the success of the two Open Days, Sidbury Community Enterprises Chair Fred Burnett said – “We were greatly encouraged by the numbers of those who took the time to come and have a look at what Sidbury Community Enterprises is proposing to do to alter the Red Lion. The feedback was incredibly positive and we have taken way a few comments from those who attended as we think that they can enhance our proposals.”
Fred Burnett concluded- “I was surprised that some people came along with their cheque books and completed share application forms. One person even took away 6 application forms to share out amongst a group that they belong to.”
Prospective investors in the purchase of the Red Lion still have until 23 May to buy shares.
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