A small Ceredigion village taking a leap into the 21st century thanks to its local pub and Prince Charles.
Talgarreg, is located in the Welsh countryside between Llandysul and New Quay. The tiny town does not even have a mobile signal. This is about to change as Landlord Hefin Evans and his wife, Megan are taking part in the ‘Pub is the Hub’ scheme to offer WiFi service that will allow mobile’s to work properly.
The pub plans on offering a laptop for its customers to use in the bar.
“We’re going to have a laptop in the bar so that anyone who wants to can use it to surf the net and it will also be good for us because we can have a website and that should help the B&B side of the business,” commented Hefin Evans.
The new improvements received funding by Pub is the Hub, with assistance from Ceredigion Micro Business Investment Fund and backed by The Prince of Wales.
The scheme began in England in 2001 but was only introduced to Wales in 2012 by North Wales-based rural regeneration agency Cadwyn Clwyd who piloted it in Denbighshire.
It has obtained backing through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013, which is financed through the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and is part of a three-year plan to rejuvenate rural communities and their economies.
Pub is the Hub’s goal is to revitalise rural pubs and their local communities by offering services varying from a post office to the recent WiFi service in Talgarreg.
Estimates have shown that five pubs close daily across the UK. A staggering 2,000 pubs closed alone last year. This not only hurts the local economy but threatens the shops and even schools in the local areas.
It is estimated that five pubs are closing every day across the UK – almost 2,000 closed last year – and many of these are in rural areas where shops and schools are also under threat.
“Rural communities, and this country’s rural way of life, face unprecedented challenges. The country pub, which has been at the heart of village life for centuries, is disappearing in many areas. Providing services from the pub, such as a post office or a shop, keeps an essential service in the village,” commented Prince Charles.
Pub is The Hub functions as a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation committed to offering advice and assistance to licensees, rural pubs and community services.