Pub is the Hub launches Local Community Services Champions initiative

A SCHEME which helps village pubs branch out into nw services has been praised by a local landlord.

Support to provide post offices, shops, libraries, internet cafes, school dinners, cash point machines and more at pubs is provided by the Pub is The Hub Local Community Services Champions initiative.

Christopher Appleby, landlord at The Prussian Queen in Saltfleetby, opened a shop inside the pub in 2007 after the village shop closed down.

Following advice from Pub is The Hub the shop is set up so that he and his barstaff can serve customers in the pub and the shop at the same time.

He said: “Customers often have a quick drink when they pop in for a pint of milk!”

The Local Community Services Champions initiative was launched at Lincolnshire Showground on Sunday and offers advice, support and, if appropriate, funding for pub operators and owners who are considering a diversification scheme.

Pub is The Hub, a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2001 by the Prince of Wales, encourages local authorities, communities, licensees, pub owners and breweries to work together to support, retain and locate services within rural pubs.

The scheme in Lincolnshire is being backed by Lincolnshire County Council, Community Lincs, Age UK Lincoln and the Big Lottery Fund.

Coun Sue Woolley, Executive Member for Health, Housing and Community for the county council said: “Pubs are often the last community service left in a village. In looking at ways to keep a community together we have to do things differently and very often pubs can be part of that solution.”

Pub is the Hub said the6y have had a ‘super reaction’ from licensees so far.

l Pubs wanting to find out more about the scheme can call 01423 546165.