‘Just popping out for a pint’

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VILLAGERS could be popping out to the pub for a pint of milk in a new scheme to help their ‘local’ diversify.

Pub is The Hub launched its Local Community Services Champions initiative last week to a meeting of over 60 people at Lincolnshire Showground.

Schemes include providing post offices, shops, libraries, internet cafes, allotment schemes, school dinners, lunch clubs for the elderly, cash point machines, IT training and meeting rooms.

A not-for-profit organisation founded in 2001 by HRH the Prince of Wales, Pub is The Hub encourages local authorities, communities, licensees, pub owners and breweries to work together to support, retain and locate services within rural pubs.

The scheme in Lincolnshire is being backed by Lincolnshire County Council, Community Lincs, Age UK Lincoln and the Big Lottery Fund.

Coun Sue Woolley, executive member for health, housing and community said: “Pubs are often the last community service left in a village.

“In looking at various ways of keeping a community together we have to do things differently and very often pubs can be part of that solution.”

According to the county council, no pubs in the Spalding area have so far opted into the scheme, but interest is growing across the county. John Longden, chief cxecutive of Pub is The Hub, said: “We’ve had a super reaction from licensees who attended with at least 17 pubs coming forward to say they are interested.”

For more information, visit www.communitychampions.org.uk or call 01423 546165