The Green Man in Scamblesby near Louth has opened a village shop – with support from rural pub champions, Pub is The Hub – providing new employment for two local people.

The Village Shop is situated in an old storeroom next to the pub with its own separate entrance.

The shop has been refurbished and fitted out with a grant of £3,000 from Pub is The Hub’s Community Services Fund towards the overall cost and the idea was a result of the Covid shutdown in March.

Pub owner Richard Bradley said: “While we were closed during lockdown, I realised that the villagers and surrounding area would benefit from having a village shop. I came across Pub is The Hub’s work following a search online for support available for village pubs.

Richard Bradley and his business partner, Charles Nickerson purchased the pub in September 2019 after it had been closed for 12 months. They spent three months completely refurbishing it and re-opened again in December 2019 with pub manager Jade Dillon at the helm, only to be closed again just three months later due to Covid.

Bradley said: “The Green Man had not been fully open for three years by the time we purchased the pub and it had lost its place at the heart of the village.

“When we re-opened at Christmas, we hosted the village choir and Christmas carol concert in a packed-out pub with many smiling faces. It was heart-breaking to have to shut the doors again.

“We are thrilled to be up and running again and with the addition of the shop we aim to be the hub of the village once again.”

Pictured from left: Owner Richard Bradley with pub manager Jade Dillon

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