Appeal to save Gedney Hill pub

Villagers outside the Red Lion in Gedney Hill which they are hoping to save. SG210615-128TW
Villagers outside the Red Lion in Gedney Hill which they are hoping to save. SG210615-128TW
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Villagers in Gedney Hill are calling on your support to save a much-loved pub.

The Red Lion has been closed for more than two years since the couple who ran it moved away.

But villagers always hoped someone would come along to reopen it – until they spotted a planning application to turn it into house.

Calvin Widdowson launched a campaign on Facebook to save the Red Lion just over a week ago and has been overwhelmed by the support.

He said: “It’s such a lovely village with a shop and a village hall. The Red Lion is the oldest and last pub here since the Golden Bell was turned into a nursery.

“When it was open it used to be the heart of the village where young people loved to meet the older generation and listen to their stories.

“Families loved it because there was a play area outside and it was always busy.

“It would be a little goldmine if the right person went in there.”

Since the Facebook campaign was launched, more than 120 people have registered their opposal to the pub being turned into a house on the South Holland District Council website.

Petition forms are up in the village shop and at the weekend Calvin’s wife Kerry and Natalie Pettrey went door knocking for signatures.

Calvin said: “I have two children – Harry (16) and Alfie (13) – and its nice to park up and have somewhere where the whole family can go. I feel quite emotional about the support the campaign is getting because it means so much to me – I just hope Elgood & Sons Ltd of Wisbech, who want to get planning permision for it to be a house change their minds.”

Robin Hudson, estates manager for Elgood & Sons Ltd said: “The planning application has come out of the blue. There is no exchange date for the property yet but we were assured by the buyer that he was going to run it as a pub. We understand he will buy it whether he gets planning consent to turn it into a house or not.”

To support the campaign visit the Red Lion campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/684412198356446 and application H07-0513-15 on the SHDC website.