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Save Baydon Lion

For the Save Baydon Lion Campaign Update for June, please click here.

The following article was published in April 2017 and provides the background to this campaign and its early activities.

The Save Baydon Lion Team was delighted to see so many Baydon residents attend the first Save Baydon Lion Village Meeting, held at the Baydon St Nicholas C of E Primary School (by kind permission of the School Governors) on Tuesday 4 April.

The purpose of the meeting was for the Team to give attendees a presentation on the progress that has been made, to highlight the objectives still to be achieved, to raise awareness of the potential investment opportunity available from purchasing shares in the Baydon Community Pub Limited and to ask villages for their views and thoughts on what they would like the Red Lion, as a Community Pub, to be.

“Attendees were invited to put their views and thoughts on sticky notes and then stick them to a designated area on the wall and this worked extremely well,” said Colin Newbould, Chairman of the Save Baydon Lion Team. Newbould talked Villagers through the presentation together with Team members Liz Carmichael and David Hanley, with Baydon villager, Don Carmichael providing the introduction and closing comments.

“We broke down villagers’ comments into the following categories: Décor & Facilities, Entertainment, Social Events, Food and a Loyalty Scheme. The feedback we received is very valuable and the Team will consider how best to implement suggestions to ensure that the Pub meets the needs of the Community,” continued Newbould.

Anyone wanting more information should visit savebaydonlion.uk where, from the Homepage it is possible to download a Baydon Community Pub Limited Prospectus and a Share Application Form.

“We are determined to make the Baydon Lion roar again and are very, very encouraged by the support shown at the Village Meeting,” said Newbould.

Background

The Red Lion, Baydon’s only pub, is in real danger of closing and being sold for potential development as a residential dwelling. Yet another rural pub is under threat and yet another village will potentially lose its heart.

Well, not if the Save Baydon Lion Team has anything to do with it!

“The Save Baydon Lion Team means business and I am delighted to support its campaign,” said Claire Perry, MP for Devizes. “Colin Newbould, the Team’s Chairman and Dave Hanley, its Financial Officer came to the Devizes Big Beer Tasting and Tour hosted by Wadworth Brewery, armed with SaveBaydonLion shirts. As you can see I was more than happy to model the shirt to show my support,” continued Perry.

Also pictured is James Sheppard, Wiltshire County Councillor for Albourne and Ramsbury.

In March 2017, ten Baydon villagers had already:

• Formed the Save Baydon Lion Team with the objective of transforming the Red Lion into a Community Pub and Asset to be run by the community, for the community.
• Worked with Baydon Parish Council to register the Red Lion as an Asset of Community Value.
• Designed a website which went live in super quick time.
• Opened a bank account.
• Sent out two eShots to core supporters and potential investors.
• Carried out a leaflet drop to all Baydon households.
• Set-up the Red Lion Community Pub Limited.

“We have support from a rapidly growing number of Baydon villagers and are about to do another leaflet drop closely followed by a door to door campaign to understand exactly what the village would like the Red Lion, as a community pub and asset to be,” said Newbould. “The aim is to hold a village meeting in early April to highlight to villagers what the Team has achieved in such a short amount of time, what needs to be done and how they can help.”

Anyone who would like to register their interest in supporting the Save Baydon Lion Campaign, with practical help and advice or with a view to potentially investing in the Red Lion Community Pub Limited, should visit savebaydonlion.uk or email info@savebaydonlion.uk.

“We are determined to make Baydon’s Red Lion a ‘roaring success!” concluded Newbould.

 

 

 

 

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