The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is celebrating Community Pubs Month this month after a huge campaign victory which will see planning protection granted for all pubs across England.
The success of the campaign follows on the heels of thousands of pub campaigners and CAMRA members nominating more than 2,000 pubs as “Assets of Community Value”, demonstrating the huge number of pubs that are considered vital community hubs to their local area.
It also follows the first community pub to receive CAMRA’s Pub of the Year Award. Just last month the George & Dragon in Yorkshire, which provides a library, local shop and community allotments, pitted other well loved pubs to the post in the highly contested national competition.
With the UK now enjoying springtime and beer gardens seeing some sunshine, CAMRA is maintaining momentum in support of community pubs across the country.
Community Pubs Month, which launched on the 1st of April, is showcasing thousands of community events across Britain. Pubs are encouraged to put on charity fun days, barbeques, quizzes, live music and more, with the promotional support of hundreds of local CAMRA branches.
Paul Ainsworth, Chair of CAMRA’s Pub Campaigns Group says: “Only last week, the Government confirmed that it would strengthen planning protection for all pubs across England, which was a fantastic win for all pub campaigners. It is clear that the important role that pubs place in local communities is increasingly being recognised, and Community Pubs Month is a great opportunity to capitalise on this sentiment.
“We hope that pubs across the country will raise a pint to this victory and celebrate with some fantastic events over the month of April.”