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Huge funding boost for the Red Lion House Charity

Tue 25 Jun 2019

Red Lion House; old pub to new community centre.

Work should restart at the beginning of July to convert the former Red Lion pub into a new community centre. The pub, on the corner of Rolleston Road and Horninglow Road North is believed to be Marston’s first pub, and their first brewery was across the road. The pub closed some years ago and was bought at auction to be converted into a local community centre by a new charity set up for the purpose.

Last year initial work to the roof and guttering make the building weather tight. Inside internal walls were removed and floors levelled to be ready for the next phase. A small extension at the back will be the new entrance lobby.

Funding has now been obtained from the National Lottery Community Fund, Veolia Landfill tax fund and Burton Consolidated Charities to help complete the first phase of the project.

Deneice Florence-Jukes Borough Councillor for Horninglow Ward and Trustee of the Red Lion House Charity, said “ this funding is fantastic news for Red Lion House and gives us a massive boost in achieving our end goal of getting the centre open and running.”

As before local builders Forbes and West will carry out the work and before the end of the year the downstairs should be open for use. There will be one large meeting room with space for up to 100 people, a well equipped kitchen and toilets. With level access throughout out this floor will be fully accessible to everyone. The disabled toilet will be kitted out to double as a wet room with a shower. New windows and repainting outside will complete the work. The ground floor should be ready for use by the end of 2019.

The final part of the scheme to open up the first floor will start as soon as money is available. This will include other meeting rooms, smaller office type space, more toilets and a small kitchenette. An essential part of this will be the provision of a lift to ensure that the whole building is open to all users. The trustees of the charity are still looking at possible sources of funding for this.

Local groups lost somewhere to meet when the old church hall on Rolleston Road had to be knocked down. But now as Councillor Florence-Jukes also said “Red Lion House will provide so many opportunities to bring our Horninglow community together. It will see a whole variety of groups of widening interests using the fantastic space and will bring a real sense of togetherness. Encouraging improvements to health and wellbeing will be a focus. We fully recognise that loneliness and the feeling of isolation are growing issues not only for the elderly and disabled in Horninglow but for young people and new mums too. The centre aims to combat this by being a safe space for people to meet and will help to build a stronger community spirit. Exciting times ahead as we move ever closer to the centre being open and it being of real benefit to our community. “

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