Yarnton community pub, The Red Lion, is embracing technology to remain at the heart of the local community, despite being closed during the Coronavirus lockdown.

Pub Partner, Kerry Osborne, came up with the idea to start a podcast, so people could keep up to date with the community news and updates that they’d usually find out about in their local.

Kerry previously presented a show on community radio station, Radio Dacorum in Hemel Hempstead, so understands the role that broadcasts can play in keeping communities together. She said, “While the pub is closed, to keep me busy I thought I’d return to my radio background and start a podcast to share some uplifting music and local news. Locals have been submitting their stories, and we’ve been able to let people know about local initiatives like art trails for the kids, and the village church streaming their Sunday services, as well as keeping our friends updated with what we’re getting up to.”

The Red Lion is owned by Hawthorn Leisure, a community pub operator which owns more than 700 pubs across England, Scotland and Wales, and last month, Kerry was chosen as Hawthorn’s “Hero of the Month” for another community initiative. Along with local business, Shire Promotion, Kerry ran the Yarnton Homeless initiative, producing meals and welfare packages for the homeless community in Oxford, including; blankets, sleeping bags and coats. They were so overwhelmed by the generous donations from Yarnton residents, they have since been able to support another two homeless initiatives, Aspire Oxford and The Porch Day Centre. 

Hawthorn Leisure CEO, Mark Davies, said: “It is more important than ever that our pubs are community hubs, and it just shows what we can achieve when a community pulls together. Well done to Kerry for playing such an integral part in these initiatives.”

You can listen to Episode One of The Red Lion podcast here. Episode 2 will feature songs from Motown, along with community news and updates.  

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