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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. This should be ready by the end of the year

Phase 2 will allow completion of the upstairs area, with further meeting rooms, office space etc.

Fundraising Events:

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.

Items for sale at the Brownies fundraiser.


Work is continuing as funds allow.

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

Rotary meal at Apne Indian Restaurant

On Monday 12th August some of the Red Lion House Trustees, and a few members of St Johns Church joined with Rotary members at the Apne Restaurant in Cross Street, Burton.  The meal had been organised as a fund raiser for Red Lion House Community Centre.  Our thanks go to Ben Robinson of Burton Albion Football Club for arranging the well supported evening.  We were treated to lovely food, raffle, and entertainment by a vocalist. At the end of the evening  Brian Pickering, the Rotary President, told Denise Shaw, secretary for RLH, that over £3,000 had been raised.  Everyone had been so generous on the evening.

Rotary meal at Apne Indian Restaurant

Presentation of the cheque from
the Rotary Club of Burton.

On Monday 16th September, Denise Shaw (secretary) and Stephen Collier (treasurer) were invited to lunch at the Pirelli Stadium.  It was a meeting of the Burton Rotary Club to which members of several charities had been invited to be presented with cheques.  After a lovely lunch and listening to some of the Rotary business the charities were invited to receive their cheque from the President of the Club.  The charities were St Giles Hospice, Midlands Air Ambulance, MacMillan Nurses and Red Lion House.  A cheque for £3620 was presented to Denise Shaw, the money raised at the Apne meal.  Following the presentation there was a talk from Matt Hancock of the Burton Albion Community Trust.  It was a lovely lunchtime and several contacts were made with the Rotarians at the end.

The Force 10 Big Band were in concert at St. John’s on Friday 11 October, when £531.00 was raised for Red Lion House.

Force 10 Big Band in concert at St. John’s

November Coffee Morning

'A successful coffee morning on the last Saturday in November included the Charity's AGM. There was also the chance for people to have a look around the building which should be completed in the next 2 weeks.'

Thanks to CLYC (Church Linked Youth Club), who with a lot of help from Ken and Ros Joyce, held a Bingo night. It was a great night and raised £472 for Red Lion House.

Red Lion House Charity also thanks people and groups for recent donations and grants.