Pub is The Hub has taken MPs on a tour of four Cornish pubs to illustrate the organisation's work in providing additional community services in rural areas.

 

It took the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group, Mike Wood, and MP Steve Double - who represents St Austell and Newquay - around several pubs and the local St Austell Brewery. 

The MPs were joined by the chief executive of Pub is the Hub, John Longden OBE, and the chief of St Austell Brewery, James Staughton.

They were joined by the regional Pub is the Hub advisor for the south west, Reg Clarke, and Peter Jefferson, chief executive of Cornwall Rural Community Charity.

Community locals

Pubs visited by the group included the Farmer's Arms in St Columb, which is run by Karen and Steve Simmons. It has a small library provided by Cornwall Council's library service, and a work club supporting local unemployed people. 

They also visited the Blue Anchor in Fraddon, run by Pam Deaves and Steve Brown, which has a local farmers' market every month in its car park. 

Another pub was the Miner's Arms in Mithian, run by Anouska House and Andy Andreaou, with a small village store providing essential food and convenience items as well as locally produced arts and crafts.

The final stop of the day was the Star Inn at Vogue near St Day, where the group met owners Mark and Rachel Graham who have a library, work club, take away food option, hairdressers, IT access, and a camping and caravan site at the pub.

Force for good

Mike Wood said: "Pubs are a tremendous force for good in the UK. A vital part of our communities. Nothing demonstrates this better than the schemes that Pub is The Hub supports. Today's visit encapsulates the incredible work being done by hard-working pub operators who are taking their time to give so much back to their communities."

Steve Double said: "It's been fantastic to see what a positive impact these imaginative projects have had in my constituency in Cornwall."

John Longden, Chief Executive for Pub is The Hub said: "With some adaptation and creativity, pubs can improve essential community services in rural or remote locations in the county. I am continually astounded by the commitment shown by the inspirational individual licensees running these projects, with very little financial reward but engendering lots of good will within their communities."