Join The Pub Club
by Lisa Harlow
Popping to the pub for a pint is taking on a new meaning with Pub is The Hub, now you can combine it with a pie and a postal order too!
Pub is The Hub, the independent, not-for-profit organisation that encourages rural pubs to diversify will continue to bring its special brand of support for rural services to pubs this year across the South East.
With its team of experienced voluntary advisors Pub is The Hub works with licensees who are thinking of diversifying their services for the benefit of their local community – opening shops, libraries or post offices for example.
In the first instance they are there to offer advice and liaise with local authorities but later they can help to access different streams of funding to kick start, and in some cases, pay for projects. Pub is The Hub even has its own funding pot in the form of its Community Services Fund and can issue grants of up to £4,000 per project.
Two local pubs are already offering their customers something new with an innovative book exchange promotion.
A licensee at one of the pubs, Debby Fitton, said, “The book exchange has been a great success with people borrowing the books or picking up the same book each time they come in until they’ve finished. We’ve also started selling provisions – our own sausages and bacon as well as the essentials that people run out of like milk and vegetables to save them having to trek out of town.”
Chief Executive of Pub is The Hub, John Longden said, “Good licensees represent an enormously valuable community and social resource and provide centres for their communities, social and economic hubs and drinking in a controlled environment. They are ideally placed to provide additional services that they know their community needs.”
How can pubs diversify?
- Here is a list of the schemes that enterprising licensees have developed with Pub is The Hub:
- Community allotments
- School dinners
- IT training
- WiFi access
- Market garden
- Camp site
- Community marquee
- Post office
- Meeting rooms
- Cash machines
- Butchers shop
- Parcel drop off/collection
- Local council information centre
- Tourist information point
- Lunch club for the elderly
- Farm shops
- Keep fit club for the elderly
- Theatre or rehearsal space
- Community travel
- Community cinema
- Power wash & changing facilities for cyclists/outdoor activities
For more information about Pub is The Hub
Telephone: Sam on 01423 546165