The Lion Brewery

Mike Armitage. The Lion Brewery, Ash

There has been a lot in 35 years so here goes: Ash Music Festival, Rock N roll Bingo, Yard of Ale competition, Piano smashing competition, race nights, pram races, children's Christmas parties, sports days, Senior Citizens free Christmas dinners, remembrance day lunch, pigeon shows, Ash Fun day, charity head shaves, history walks, charity fun walk in fancy dress and many, many more!! The biggest community project we do is the Ash Music Festival, which we organise each year to raise money for local charities. We have been running these since 1986 so this year see the 30th year since the first one. We have raised well over £140,000 for local charities from the Ash Music Festival. In May Mike turned 77 and decided to raise money for charity by swimming 77 lengths. Mike amazingly swam the 77 lengths in a 25 metre pool in 55 minutes and 59 seconds and raised over £3500 for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, which shocked everyone as people were guessing at Mike completing it in 3 to 5 hours!! Last Christmas we organised a children's Christmas party for local children who each got a present from Santa and watched a magician perform tricks for them.

Having been at the pub for 36 years a lot of my customers say they don't know what they would do without the Lion Brewery to come to!! We have done a lot of things for the community in this time like support local schools at their fun days, Easter egg collections for children's hospital, we started up a history society for the locals and went on visits.

Our regulars also know when they come to our pub they feel welcome and safe and a lot of them come to us when they need help. We let a lot of the local groups and clubs use our function room for free to have their meetings or presentation nights. We also have a lot of live music and allow young musicians from the local music college to come and try out their material on the regulars. We have held Christmas parties for local children whose parents don't have much so the children get at least one present at Christmas. We have also served Christmas dinners to the elderly when they have no one else to go to at Christmas.

In 36 years a lot has happened, when I first took over I converted some stables in the pub garden into a function room so the local groups and clubs would have a base and somewhere they could use and meet for free. It is now used every night of the week by a wide diversity of groups.

We run a charity music festival every year to raise money for a local hospice and local causes, this year it is to help a local little boy have an operation so he can walk.

Over the years we have done numerous events for local charities like, head shaves, piano smashing, fancy dress walks, swimming, cycle ride from Hull to Ash, special pigeon races, House of Commons dinner for Animals In War, we have also given local people a place to stay in their hour of need in our B&B. LOTS AND LOTS HAS HAPPENED!!

We are a small pub in a small village with not a lot to do for the young people. So we would like to spend the money on building some sort of activity club for young people to get involved in.

We are big on live music at our venue so one idea would be to start up a young persons jamming session and bands. This would involve purchasing PA and music equipment for the young people to use and then asking guest musicians to come and give them lessons.

Another idea is a gardening club for the young people. We have some allotments next to the pub so the money would be used to hire an allotment space and the equipment needed for the young people to grow plants/food etc.