Big Lottery Fund continues support for Pub is The Hub advice service

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Pub is The Hub has received confirmation this week that funding for its popular advice, guidance and training service for England has been secured for a further three years by the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme.

The organisation will receive £452,000 over the next three years enabling its Regional Advisors to continue work with interested local authorities whereby they match community priorityneeds with additional services which can be provided by the local pub and a good licensee.

This new funding follows the success of the first three-year programme launched in 2011 which inspired a variety of projects around England across eleven local authorities which resulted in a range of twenty-seven different services from shops and libraries to help for elderly residents.

Inspired by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in 2001, Pub is The Hub operates as a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation dedicated to offering advice and support to licensees, rural pubs and community services as well as to communities considering the options for acquiring their local pub and the range of responsibilities involved.

John Longden, Chief Executive of Pub is The Hub said: “We are so delighted to have the recognition and support from the Big Lottery Fund which will help the organisation to fill a very important role in advising great licensees to provide a variety of much needed and vital services within their small local communities. We only exist through donations and grants such as this so fundraising is always uppermost in our thoughts.

“To have this long term support also gives us the confidence and ability to continue to raise funds directly for good licensees who just need that small financial leg-up to diversify their services.

“We will continue use our experience gained from fourteen years’ work to help identify priority services needs by working closely with individual communities and their local authorities.”

The funding will not be spent in direct support for the pubs themselves so Pub is The Hub will continue to work with other sources of private and public funding as well as fundraising for its own Community Services Fund which gives grants of up to £4k per project direct to pubs separately.

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Photograph shows: John and Lesley Berry from the Cholmeley Arms in Burton-le-Coggles with Christopher Appleby from Prussian Queen in Saltfleetby, both in Lincolnshire either side of John Longden, Chief Executive of Pub is The Hub.