Starring role for Bird in Bush on Christmas Countryfile

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One of this year’s Pub is The Hub projects, the Bird in Bush at Elsdon, Northumberland, will feature in the Christmas episode of BBC One’s Countryfile this Sunday night – 23rd December at 5.20pm. A link to the episode schedule is here.

The entire team of presenters and crew spent the day based at the pub, situated on the edge of the Northumberland National Park, and filmed a number of features about the area, including a piece about Katie Bland and Stephen Shaw’s plans for the pub and their adjacent micro-brewery, The First and Last Brewery. Chief Executive, John Longden was on hand at the end to join in some carol singing to close the show.

In addition to a Community Services Fund grant that Pub is The Hub gave to the pub for a mini library and digital hub in the bar, Stephen and Katie were also chosen, earlier this year, as recipients of a £25k grant through the Prince’s Countryside Fund and the People’s Postcode Lottery to support a new kitchen and bunkhouse at the pub.

John Longden commented: “This has been a wonderful chance to showcase the amazing amount of effort and investment that Katie and Stephen have put into this pub. Their whole business revolves around their community and they are an inspiration as well as an important focal point for the area.”

The crew and customers get together to sing carols
Katie Bland and Stephen Shaw with BBC Countryfile presenter Matt Baker