The traditional village inn is under threat – about 26 village pubs close down each month, often because economic pressures are tempting landlords to sell up. As a result, these important centres of the community are in danger of disappearing. Villagers are now fighting to save them, helped by an initiative set up by Prince Charles and co-ordinated by one of our partners, John Longden.
John’s role is to advise communities on how to save their pub and shows struggling publicans how to boost business. This might include advice on how to fight planning applications for change of use, or how to raise money to jointly purchase a pub. For others, it advises on diversifying the services on offer within the pub itself. For instance, some of the pubs advised by John now offer post office or internet services, tea room, shop and pharmacy services, to help reinvigorate their villages.
Now in its ninth year, more than 300 rural pubs have been saved from closure. For more information visit www.pubisthehub.org.uk.