76 new pub projects will benefit from extra funding for Pub Is The Hub
An additional £188,000 for Pub Is The Hub, the organisation that supports pubs in rural communities by expanding services beyond food and drink, has been pledged by the government.
It will be used for 76 new projects, which will see Post Office facilities, grocery shops and libraries added to rural pubs.
The British Beer & Pub Association welcomed the move:
"As the original social network, pubs are at the heart of our communities and play a vital role in our lives by bringing us together," said chief exec Brigid Simmonds.
"The pub is far more than just a place to eat and drink. The work of Pub is the Hub with funding and expert support shows how vital pubs can be to delivering other services of community value from Post Office facilities to grocery shops and libraries."
Last month The Lamarsh Lion in Lamarsh, Essex, got a new community café and games room thanks to funds from Pub Is The Hub.
The new facilities were opened by the pub's oldest customer, 86-year-old Mrs Gerry Loudoun-Shand (pictured).
The café and games room are open from 10.30am every day until the pub closes in the evening and also acts as an overspill area for pub diners.
Chair of the The Lamarsh Lion Community Pub Limited, Robert Erith said: "These new facilities give a much-needed meeting place for local residents and the wider community to socialise. Ease of access into the café and games room means the space is accessible and appealing to a wide range of ages, including ladies like Gerry Loudoun-Shand. We are enormously grateful to Pub is The Hub for the advice and support they have given along with the grant to help us with costs."