Back in February 2011, White Lion landlord and Alvanley Charity fund founder, Darren Sayle, created a bespoke Murder Mystery night based on the local village characters of Alvanley. Out came the magnifying glasses, fantastic fancy dress costumes, plenty of potential murder weapons, and even Darren’s dog got involved – or rather stole the show – as he sniffed out the elusive body. It was a night to remember, filled with fabulous fiction and fabrication on all fronts, but which in reality raised £1334 for deserving causes.
The second event – a Family Fun day and Beer Festival held in July of 2011 – raised a spectacular £3058.15. Among the attractions that brought residents out of their houses and into the community were the village stocks, scarecrows, a balloon race which was launched by local MP Graham Evans, live battle of the bands and firework finale.
The final event of 2011 was an Autumn Wine Tasting evening which was fully supported by Robinsons. After the hard work carried out by the community in the summer, this was a great opportunity to sit back and enjoy a well-earned glass of wine (or two), try some of Robinsons splendid new wines, while also raising over £807.85 for the Alvanley Charity fund in the process.
The Alvanley Charity Fund was set up to promote village life and strengthen the community while raising much needed support for deserving causes. The 2011 Alvanley charity pot stood at a staggering £5200 by the close of the year and was donated to The Stroke Association and local causes within the village: repair work to village church, new play equipment for Alvanley Pre-School, and a new kitchen for village hall.
In recognition of its contribution to the local community and for raising money for excellent causes, The White Lion, Alvanley, has been given a 'Community Pub Award' by local MP, Graham Evans. This is a rare achievement in today’s struggling society; however, Darren Sayle has succeeded in bringing the local community together at the traditional heart of any good village, the village pub.