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14th December 2017

Prince’s Countryside Fund awards £100k grant across four rural pubs

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has announced the award of four major grants to Pub is The Hub pub diversification projects in partnership with the People’s Postcode Lottery.   Each of the four pubs has been awarded £25,000 in direct grants to support major capital projects that will serve to benefit their surrounding rural communities with much needed services in Northumberland, Suffolk, Essex and Cornwall.

The four pubs included in the direct funding are:

•    At the Bird in Bush pub at Elsdon in the Northumberland National Park, the grant will support a major refurbishment of the kitchen, and improvements to the accommodation facilities.

•    The Oyster Inn, Butley, near Woodbridge, Suffolk, has been awarded its grant to support the provision of essential village services.

•    Great Oakley Community Hub Ltd which owns the Maybush Inn, in Great Oakley, Essex, has been awarded the grant to renovate a derelict cottage next to the Maybush Inn to provide a village café.

•    The grant for the Victoria Inn, in Roche, St Austell in Cornwall supports the cost of providing a meeting room equipped with IT facilities and WiFi, a community kitchen and a community events square.

In addition to the direct funding for the pub projects, Pub is The Hub is to receive support over the next two years for increased activity in the South West of England; from Cornwall up to Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. By the end of the summer 2018, it is expected that thirty interested communities will have been supported through additional new services and activities.

If you would like to know more about these grants please click here.   The Prince’s Countryside Fund will open again for grant applications of up to £50,000 in the new year. More information can be found at