Neenton is a small Shropshire village in delightful countryside that can trace its history back beyond the Domesday Book. It lies in a valley on the edge of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, at the foot of the Brown Clee Hill.
But until recently, Neenton has been a village under threat, with no public space or facilities other than the Church. There is no shop, no post office, no village hall and no school. There was no playground and - since 2006 – there was no pub – up until now, that is. Without the Pheasant, our village would have become just a collection of houses.
In 2012, the villagers came together and formed Neenton Community Society to rebuild and create a bright future for Neenton as a sustainable rural community. The Society's flagship project has been the acquisition, restoration and re-opening of the Pheasant as a community-owned hub for social life, enterprise and services built around a classic country inn.
Now that the Pheasant is open again and thriving, welcoming visitors and locals alike, we've just completed our first community project. With support from Pub is The Hub, and the efforts of a band of enthusiastic volunteers, the Society has built a play area in the pub garden. And it's available for local children to use whether the pub is open or not.
For those who don't know them, Pub is The Hub is an organisation of specialist voluntary advisors for rural pubs and licensees who are thinking of broadening their range of services. They encourage good licensees, communities, pub owners, breweries, local authorities and the private sector to work together to match community priority needs with additional services which can be provided by the local pub and a good licensee.
Neenton and the Pheasant are delighted to have been recognised and supported by Pub is The Hub.