Pub is the Hub

Wealden District Council, East Sussex County Council and Pub is the Hub (PITH) are working together to encourage and support pubs who want to expand into new services for their communities.

Pub is the Hub is an organisation of voluntary advisors for licensees of rural pubs who are thinking of broadening their range of services. They encourage licensees, communities, pub owners, breweries, local authorities and the private sector to work together to match community needs with additional services which can be provided by the local pub.

If you are part of PITH you will be entitled to some funding to diversify your pub. PITH is not about saving uneconomic pubs, but is there as the lender of last resort to assist pubs to develop their business further to ensure viability.
We have worked with various pubs across the District to help them diversify, here are a few ideas:

  • Small library in The Royal Oak and Castle in Pevensey
  • Worked with Barclays Digital Eagles – 7 week computer course in The Foresters in Fairwarp and The Royal Oak and Castle in Pevensey
  • Worked with Applause to set up performances in rural pubs. This will expand more due to a successful funding bid from The Arts Council for Applause.

Getting Involved

We have many ideas that we hope will inspire you to get involved:


  • Lunch club
  • Meals on wheels
  • Community café
  • Internet café
  • Take away food


  • Delicatessen
  • Farm shop
  • Gift shop
  • Butchers / fishmongers


  • Computer training
  • Cinema
  • Theatre
  • Games or quiz afternoons
  • Reminiscence
  • Exercise classes
  • Art and craft
  • Wii games
  • Chair based exercise
  • Training courses
  • Information sessions
  • Advice surgeries
  • Play areas


  • Library
  • Meeting room hire
  • WiFi access
  • Computer access
  • Post office
  • ATM and PayPoint
  • Community centre
  • Cashback and mobile top up
  • Parcel services
  • Recycling
  • Heritage and history centre
  • Tourist information
  • Community bus travel


  • Book club
  • Youth club
  • Computer club
  • Support groups
  • Baby and toddler groups

Outdoor space

  • Campsite
  • Community allotment
  • Market garden
  • Community playground
  • Theatre events
  • Cycling facilities

Further details and examples on what pubs around the Country have been doing can be found on the Pub is the Hub website .
If you are already doing something in your pub or aware of a pub that is doing something great in its community or would like further information please contact us.