• 2001

    Inspired formation by HRH the Prince of Wales, assisted through Business in the Community and the Rural Action Group.

    Business in The Community

  • 2002

    First Projects:

    • The White Hart, Blythburgh
    • The Craven Heifer, Stainforth


    Craven Heifer, Stainforth White Hart, Blythburgh

  • 2003

    Initial funding support from Diageo and the Prince of Wales Charities.

  • 2004

    Visit by HRH The Prince of Wales to The Old Crown in Hesket Newmarket, Cumbria following some advice on community ownership by Pub is The Hub.

    HRH Hesket Newmarket 1

  • 2005

    First English regional advisory hubs formed (now 9 hubs and 13 experienced voluntary advisors), providing support. Continuation of funding from Diageo with new contributions from Punch Taverns,  Enterprise Inns and the Post Office.

  • 2006

    Launch of Cumbria’s Pub is The Hub Rural Services Scheme.

  • 2007

    East Midlands Pub is the Hub Project EMDA


  • 2008

    Visit by HRH The Prince of Wales to The Black Swan at Ravenstonedale in Cumbria to see their new shop.

    Black Swan Ravenstonedale Shop

  • 2009

    Cadwyn Clwyd trial pub services project in Denbighshire and Flintshire in Wales.

    Pub is The Hub established as an independent, not for profit organisation with Trustees including Geoffrey Bush of Diageo and Simon Theakston as Chair. Continuation of general funding led by Diageo together with the pub industry.

  • 2010

    Big Lottery Fund agrees to support the Local Community Services Champions programme for three years

    The Prince’s Countryside Fund helps to initiate the formation of Welsh project.


  • 2011

    Visit by HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to The Cholmeley Arms, Burton Coggles near Grantham in Lincolnshire

    Cholmeley Arms, Burton Coggles    

  • 2012

    Welsh Pub is The Hub Co-operation Project is launched with Welsh Government and Cadwyn Clwyd across eight counties.

  • 2012

    London launch of new independent fund for pubs – the Community Services Fund (CSF), as a ‘fund of last resort’, initiated with the support of Paul Walsh, CEO of Diageo and Brandon Lewis MP (Pubs Minister) from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

  • 2014

    HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visit The Bell in Purleigh, Essex to see their cinema and community centre.

  • 2014

    Over 38 projects helped  by the Community Services Fund, assisted by continued support of Diageo, Department of Communities and Local Government, Greene King and Marston’s.

  • 2014

    In the previous 2 years up to 30 communities advised on a variety of ownership options for their pubs.

  • 2014

    The Prince’s Countryside Fund supports Pub is The Hub’s Community Services Fund in England.


  • 2014

    £175,000 raised in total for Community Services Fund projects since the launch.

  • 2014

    (November) Welsh Co-operation Project comes to an end after initiating 15 pub diversification schemes in Wales.

    The Cross Inn, Llanblethian - Arthur and Liam O'Leary 


  • 2015

    Visit by HRH The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to three projects in Wales, one in North Yorkshire and one in Cornwall.

  • 2015

    After two years there are now 15 micro libraries created in Cornish pubs in partnership with Cornwall Council’s library services. Celebrated by a visit from Community Pubs Minister, Marcus Jones MP.

  • 2015

    Confirmation of continuation of three years’ funding for regional advisors for Local Community Services Champions programme by the Big Lottery Fund (in England).

  • 2016

    (January) Launch of new pilot hub with Scottish Borders Council and Scottish Government, with support from the Prince’s Countryside Fund, Diageo and Heineken.

  • 2016

    (February) Visit by HRH the Prince of Wales to the White Horse at Upton in Norfolk – a joint community owned and run pub and shop project with the Prince’s Countryside Fund.

  • 2016

    (April) Launch of Local Community Services Champions programme in East Sussex.

  • 2016


    (July) HRH The Prince of Wales visits the community meeting room and cinema at The New Inn at Llanddewi Brefi in Ceredigion.

  • 2016

    (August) The Community Services Fund has supported 81 projects since its launch in 2012 providing 27 different types of services and activities provided by good licensees.

    The Prince’s Countryside Fund supports the CSF with a £50,000 award.

  • 2016

    (October) Pub is The Hub launches its online donations page to help in fundraising for the Community Services Fund.

  • 2017

    (January) Community Pubs Minister Andrew Percy pledged a further £50,000 from the Government to the Community Services Fund to support community services and activities in pubs.

  • 2017

    (February) Heineken invests £50,000 in Pub is The Hub’s Community Services Fund and its annual running costs.

  • 2017

    (March) Wadworth Brewery in Devizes, Wiltshire hosts a 15 Year Celebration of Pub is The Hub attended by HRH The Prince of Wales.

  • 2017

    (June) The Diageo Foundation concludes its 15 years’ of support for Pub is The Hub with a final £41,500 donation.

  • 2017

    (September) Community Pubs Minister, Jake Berry MP called in at the New Inn at Tholthorpe in North Yorkshire to see the how the recent addition of a shop being run in a pub has improved local services.

  • 2017

    (October) A scheme to help rural pubs in Staffordshire to branch out into new local services was launched in partnership with Staffordshire County Council.