Love Your Local: The Rose in June, Milton

Children take part in a running race at The Rose in June's fun day
Children take part in a running race at The Rose in June's fun day

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Pubs are largely seen as places where adults go to meet and socialise.

But one local decided to do something geared towards children as part of its efforts to reach out to the community.

Landlord  03/05/11  (CS)  ''Paul Saynor who is the landlord of the Rose In June public house in Milton.'Picture Ian Hargreaves  (111630-1) ENGPPP00120110305234618

Landlord 03/05/11 (CS) ''Paul Saynor who is the landlord of the Rose In June public house in Milton.'Picture Ian Hargreaves (111630-1) ENGPPP00120110305234618

The Rose in June, in Milton Road, Copnor, Portsmouth, held a fun-filled garden party for children whose family members enjoy drinking there.

The beer garden was taken over by around 60 youngsters who had fun competing against each other in a variety of events such as egg and spoon races.

Dads had a laugh having a go at wheelbarrow racing and some grandparents volunteered for running races.

A tea party complete with jam sandwiches, cake and ice cream was laid on and adults were treated to a barbecue.

A bouncy castle was also put on as part of Sunday’s event.

Paul Saynor, 61, (pictured) runs The Rose in June with his wife Mary, 61, and their business partners Paul Taylor, 41, and wife Caroline, 38.

Paul said their family-focused approach to running the pub was a driving factor behind putting on the occasion.

‘This was about putting on proper kiddies’ entertainment for the children of the local people,’ he said.

‘There is a real family atmosphere here, and it’s the way we like to do things.

‘We treat each other like family. We wanted to involve the children because it’s important for us as a community pub to include everyone – that means grandparents, parents and children.

‘If you segregate the children away from the adults, they will never get together and mix, which is exactly what they do in the garden at the Rose.

‘We are very fortunate to have the big garden that we have, we’re lucky because the children can play without getting under anyone’s feet.

‘This kind of initiative is all appreciated by the adults.

‘They like the family atmosphere.’

As reported, a similar event was held over the May bank holiday, and the idea first originated from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee street party celebrations.

At the time a group of neighbours got together to hold a street party in the pub’s garden, and as it was such a big success that it was decided to repeat it each year.

The pub now intends to hold another garden party in May and August next year too.

‘It’s nice to see the children enjoy themselves and watch their smiling, happy faces,’ Paul said.

‘Being in the garden, they are in a safe environment.’

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WHILE the summer is almost over, The Rose in June is still keen on keeping its customers happy.

It is holding a ‘comedy under canvas’ event on September 6, which will see four comedians and a compere perform under a marquee tent in the beer garden.

Tickets including a portion of chicken and chips in a basket with coleslaw are £12 each, and must be bought in advance.

Tickets without food cost £7 in advance and can be bought on the door for £8.

Tickets that come with food cannot be bought on the night for the annual event.

Paul Saynor said the relationship between the two couples who help to run The Rose in June is a healthy one.

‘We all get on really, really well,’ he said.

‘The beauty of the four of us working together is, we all have different ideas and suggestions, and the nice thing is we are able to discuss them and come out with great things for the pub at the end of it.

‘Paul Taylor is quite a bit younger than me, but we treat each other as if we are family.’

Paul Saynor took over the running of the pub with his wife Mary in 2003, when Paul Taylor’s wife Caroline was working there as a barmaid.

Caroline then became the manager and her husband then got on board.

The pub holds beer festivals to help raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association’s Portsmouth & South East Hampshire Group.

As reported in The News, it has been committed to helping the cause because landlord Paul Saynor’s sister Alison Lambley, 52, died of motor neurone disease.