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30k fund set to launch to make pubs more of a community hub in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 18:54 23 June 2014

Information technology lesson at the Red Herring pub in Great Yarmouth.


LEARNING SHOP FACILITATOR PAUL TAYLOR (LEFT) WITH JOHNNIE KING AT THE RED HERRING PUB, GREAT YARMOUTH, AS COMPUTERS MOVE INTO UNUSUAL SURROUNDINGS TO SPREAD INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY KNOWLEDGE.

Information technology lesson at the Red Herring pub in Great Yarmouth. LEARNING SHOP FACILITATOR PAUL TAYLOR (LEFT) WITH JOHNNIE KING AT THE RED HERRING PUB, GREAT YARMOUTH, AS COMPUTERS MOVE INTO UNUSUAL SURROUNDINGS TO SPREAD INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY KNOWLEDGE.

Landlords across Norfolk are being urged to bid for a new pot of cash to help their venues become a more central part of the local community.

A £30,000 fund will be launched by Norfolk County Council on Wednesday to help pub owners to create community facilities and services where there are no others in the local area.

Officials behind the scheme hope locals in Norfolk may adopt projects from across the country, including fitness classes, meals on wheels, farm shops, delicatessens and bee keeping projects.

The scheme, which will be launched at the Royal Norfolk Show, will allow landlords to apply for grants of up to £4,000 to help them to diversify and become more of a community hub.

Bosses from County Hall are working with not-for-profit organisation Pub is The Hub to set up and administer the fund.

Norfolk pub owners and managers will be at the launch at the Woodforde’s Brewery marquee at 10am on Wednesday to hear more about the scheme, along with the government’s community pubs minister and Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis.

George Nobbs, Norfolk County Council leader, who will also attend the launch, said: “This initiative has the potential to reinforce the pub’s traditional role at the heart of our towns and villages, helping them and their communities to thrive. I hope landlords will be inspired to come up with innovative ideas at pubs throughout Norfolk.”

Pub is The Hub, was founded in 2001 by the Prince of Wales, which encourages local authorities, communities, licensees, pub owners and breweries to work together to support, retain and locate essential services within rural pubs.

Pubs can find out more about applying for funding by contacting Terry Stork, East Anglia advisor for Pub is The Hub on 07789 275908 or email terrystork@pubisthehub.org.uk

For more information, visit http://www.pubisthehub.org.uk/

Have you got a story about a new venture at a Norfolk pub? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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