Award winning landlady calls time at the Red Lion
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.”
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