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

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

5 comments

  • If you give me the money - I will spend it in as many pubs as possible - thereby distributing the grant to the people that need the business - are you planning any other hubs for new cars - I would be happy to help out with spending that grant as well on your behalf and I wouldn't even charge you for helping you out.

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    A Resident

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • I simply cannot believe that even council employees can be so stupid to think this one up. Obviously, they must have a monthly competition to find the craziest way to waste tax payers money.

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    Norfolk John

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Oh dear, get County Hall involved and it will be £50,000 for outside consultants and then ..... Oh dear, we have run out of money!

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    IT Man

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Try lowering the price of beer! May help attract people back into pubs.......... far too expensive to drink out.

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    Mr T

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • So that's seven and a half pubs that will benefit if they get the maximum grant. That does strike me as a drop in the ocean. I am also going to have to ask the question as to why is the tax payer paying for this and not the breweries especially when there's a 3.8 million deficeit still to account for?

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    ThePresence

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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