Atlantic Inn, Porthleven, Cornwall

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Porthleven is a small but beautiful old fishing village with a population of 3,500 people, about three miles from the market town of Helston in Cornwall. The Atlantic Inn is a freehold pub that has been owned and run by Leigh and Adrian Santi since 2002.

Leigh is always keen to consider the community and to cater for both seasonal holiday makers and local residents to maintain community activity in quieter seasons.

Project Summary:

When approached by the local community to hold some educational courses and digital inclusion sessions at the pub she willingly agreed to provide support. She first approached Cornwall Rural Community Charity who were able to provide speakers and content for the courses. They also referred her to Pub is The Hub’s regional advisor to see if we could support the project further.

With a grant from the Community Services Fund we were able to support Leigh in improving her WiFi and purchasing digital and projection equipment. Now the pub can hold digital inclusion courses and other training or information sessions to support local community needs in the comfortable atmosphere provided by the Atlantic Inn.

Outcomes so far:

Digital inclusion courses have been run by Cornwall Rural Community Council teachers with some informal drop-in sessions being run by Citizens Advice and Nat West Community Banking. A schedule of other courses and talks is being drawn up with requests from the local community.   

 Lessons to Learn:

This project demonstrates the power of local organisations all sharing information and working together for the good of the local community.

Total Project Costs £3,500
Contribution from Licensee   £500
Pub is The Hub’s Community Services Fund £3,000