For 31 years it has been a great privilege to visit our quintessential thatched English village pub, the Red Lion. Over the years many landlords have come and left. This peaceful village was interested in the arrival of Bill Prince, the new and different landlord of our pub in August 1997.
It was to be different both behind the bar and in the pub. Bill quickly established himself as a character within our community due to his personality and involvement in so many village activities. These included the football team, cricket team, quiz teams, Millennium Year activities and Save the Children charity, and his fancy dress birthday parties on 30 December, to mention but a few. He was a Parish Councillor for a while and sat on a village shop sub committee.
On the 16th December 2001 fire devastated the pub. In one year Bill had restored the pub and was open for business on 23 December 2002. They moved into new accommodation, created out of a converted barn that was part of the pub. Soon Mo had created an attractive and secluded garden for guests and themselves. She was often seen riding her horse through the village. Billís food and the quantities became well known locally and afar. The Red Lion has prospered under the management of Bill and Mo.
Billís northern sense of fun and directness were not always understood by some and this was a matter of concern to Bill. It was always ďas it wasĒ with no nonsense. Bill has always been a fount of sporting knowledge and many a sporting event has been enjoyed on the pub TV, in the company of likeminded villagers. Bill has contributed enormously to our village. His generosity in temporarily hosting the Post Office, for three years, was a great service to the village.
Bill and Mo leave the village on 9 July but not without so kindly organising the charity Cricket Match on 8 July. Please come and support Save the Children and Bill and Mo on that occasion. Bill and Mo are moving to the Merrymouth Inn at Fifield on the A424 between Burford and Stow on the Wold.
On behalf of all Bill and Moís patrons and friends I wish them well and good luck. We will miss you. We also welcome Bob and Sue as the new landlords of the Red Lion. I hope it may be very many years before I, or someone else, writes another note like this in The Villager.