Pub is the Hub

Wealden District 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. Pubs are a large part of the community with them being the main hub in their local village or small town. With many locals enjoying their local pub each week, they are already providing that daily community support.

Funding and support: If you are part of PITH you may 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. 

The Plunkett Foundation – Want to take ownership of your local pub and run it for the benefit of the community? Need help getting it into community hands? The Plunkett Foundation has some funding opportunities available.

They are are able to offer free Adviser support, online training/events, resources and Zoom Chats until March 2021 or until the funding has been committed. Please regularly check their Events and News pages for the latest updates.

If you would like to find out more about the MTAP bursaries of up to £2,500 for business start-up costs, or  £100,000 loan and grant packages (for new community pub groups only) then please email diane.cameron@plunkett.co.uk.  

The More than a Pub programme provides business development support and funding to enable the community control of pubs in both rural and urban communities across England.

What we have helped with: We have worked with various pubs across the District to help them diversify, here is what we have helped with:

• Small library
• Computer course’s
• Rural touring theatre – Inn Crowd and Applause
Dementia friend sessions
• Men Sheds
• A café
• Community Shops

More ideas depending on your pub and community needs:

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

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

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

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

• Book club
• Youth club
• Computer club
• Support groups
• Baby and toddler groups
• Campsite
• Community allotment
• Market garden
• Community playground
• Cycling facilities

Further details and case studies from other 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, aware of a pub that is doing something great in its community or would like further information please contact us by email communitydevelopment@wealden.gov.uk