Award win­ning land­lady calls time at the Red Lion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Tina Massie, who runs the Red Lion in Knotty Green, Bea­cons­field, has re­cently been di­ag­nosed with a form of MS, and feels that she needs to leave in or­der to cope with the ill­ness.

In her time at the pub, Mrs Massie has won a host of awards for her work, in­clud­ing a Pride of Bucks prize for her cul­tural con­tri­bu­tion, as well as see­ing the Red Lion of­fi­cially listed as a com­mu­nity as­set.

It also re­cently re­ceived a Great Bri­tish Pub award as the best com­mu­nity pub in Lon­don and the South East.

She started up the hugely pop­u­lar Voice of South Bucks singing con­test, as well as the an­nual Knot­fest mu­sic fes­ti­val, which has raised thou­sands of pounds for char­ity since it was launched.

Mrs Massie said: “I’ll still be very ac­tive, but really it’s time for some­one else to take over now. It’s be­com­ing too much for me, and it would be bet­ter now if some­one else was run­ning the pub.

“I am fine and am cop­ing with it, but it is a huge amount of work, and I am find­ing it more dif­fi­cult.”

She added: “I’ve had 11 fan­tas­tic years at that pub, and I will miss it so much, but I think now is the right time for me to leave.”

Mrs Massie and her hus­band Bob, will be mov­ing away from the area to a lo­ca­tion near to Sto­kenchurch, and are hop­ing to con­tinue to run a form of the Knot­fest event next year.

Mrs Massie said: “It would be great to carry on run­ning that. It raises so much for char­ity and I would hate for that to stop.”

Her last day will be Satur­day, Jan­uary 9 and a new land­lord is to be in­stalled there, al­though it is not yet known who this will be.

Mrs Massie said: “I will be very sad to leave, and I’d like to thank ev­ery­one who’s come along to the pub and come to the events we’ve had.

“There’s been some amaz­ing mem­o­ries but it’s time for the next chap­ter now, so I’m look­ing for­ward to that.” THAMES VAL­LEY PO­LICE (TVP) has vowed to im­prove its ap­proach to tack­ling hon­our-based violence (HBV) in re­sponse to a re­port pub­lished by Her Majesty’s In­spec­torate of Con­stab­u­lary on Tues­day.

The re­port, which as­sessed lead­er­ship, aware­ness and un­der­stand­ing, pro­tec­tion and en­force­ment and preven­tion found the ser­vice was ‘not yet pre­pared’ to pro­tect peo­ple from such violence.

TVP was one of only three lo­cal po­lice forces, along with Dyfed Powys and Stafford­shire, to be as­sessed as ‘not yet pre­pared’ in all cri­te­ria.

But the force did draw praise for writ­ing to all doc­tors surg­eries and sec­ondary schools within the force area to re­in­force ef­forts to con­tinue the col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach re­gard­ing all forms of HBV.

A state­ment from TVP said: “Since the in­spec­tion ear­lier in the year we have taken sig­nif­i­cant steps to im­prove our pre­pared­ness to re­spond to cases of hon­our-based abuse, fe­male gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion and forced mar­riage.

“The re­port does note some ex­am­ples of good prac­tice in Thames Val­ley, which we are build­ing on.”

Red Lion land­lady

Tina Massie

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