GBPA Community Hero: The Last Post & Remembrance Bar

By Ed Bedington

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Community operations have really come to the fore during the coronavirus crisis and one pub certainly stood out, taking home the title of Community Hero in the Great British Pub Awards 2021.

The Last Post & Remembrance Bar is a unique venue that supports a wide range of people in its local community. While it supported the community through the various lockdowns is something the venue does as part of its overall offer.

It supported the community through lockdowns by supplying free hot meals to people in need, telephone support 24/7 for those that reach out, free bacon butty bingo every Wednesday for OAP's, veterans and the homeless, free Sunday lunches throughout lockdown and food parcels to the community and care homes.

The oldest visitor to the pub Tommy, who is 100 years old and during lockdown the publican ensured that he had support by making him part of their bubble.

The venue also has a museum, which was rebuilt during lockdown, which now conducts educational visits for local people and schools. The museum that goes from the Somme, life in the 40's memorabilia from all over the world as well as featuring the air force navy and army.

The pub also offers free teas, coffees, and Sunday lunches for people who need a helping hand. It also runs special weekly events such as live sing-alongs for care homes, bacon butty and breakfast clubs for veterans and OAP's.

On a Friday night it does a live sing-along, which is transmitted all over the world to ex-pats.

The pub has invested in a lift for wheel chair access to the top floor museum room so people with walking difficulties can visit the whole area. There is also a games room for people of all ages to play pool, snooker, cards and dominoes.

It also has its own food bank and gives out food boxes t to people who need them. People who are homeless are welcomed at the venue and given access to free showers and food.

The venue also won the Mayors award for helping the community throughout lockdown.

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