A scheme set up in 2001 by HRH The Prince of Wales to help rural pubs to branch out into new services is to be launched in Devon by Pub is The Hub in partnership with Devon Communities Together.
Pub is The Hub will launch its Local Community Services Champions initiative, on November 3, 2015, from 10.30am at The Ten Tors pub on Exeter Road in Kingsteignton.
John Longden, the chief executive of Pub is The Hub and his team aim to showcase advice, support and, if appropriate, funding for pub operators and owners who are considering a diversification scheme.
Schemes of this type include providing post offices, shops, libraries, internet cafes, allotment schemes, school dinners, lunch clubs for the elderly, cash point machines, IT training and meeting rooms.
Licensees John and Victoria Bell from the Ring O’Bells in West Alvington will be there to talk about the shop that they opened at their pub in December 2013 and Tom and Axelle Haywood from the Union Inn, Denbury will explain how they have developed a shop and post office at their 14th Century Inn.
They will be joined by Elaine Cook, chief executive of Devon Communities Together who are backing the scheme as well as representatives from The Post Office and the libraries service.
Pub is The Hub, a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2001 by HRH 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.
Pub is The Hub assists with guidance on availability of project funding, and having a thorough understanding of the pub business, is able to advise on the best way to progress with each individual project.
The launch of the scheme in Devon is also being backed by the Big Lottery Fund who have had an association with Pub is The Hub since 2011.
John Longden, chief executive from Pub is The Hub said: “We are opening up the event to any licensees and pub owners who are considering the option of diversification – and even those who have never thought of it before.
“We welcome anyone who wants to know more and fancies having a chat with us.”
Anyone who would like to attend the meeting in can telephone 01423 546165 to reserve a place or can go to www.pubisthehub.org.uk for more information.
(from a press release)