Friday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were not the only royals to get into the spirit of St Patrick’s Day; The Prince of Wales visited Wadworth Brewery in Devizes, Wiltshire.
The Wadworth Brewery Company is family-owned, operating more than 200 pubs in SW England. The company was founded by Henry Alfred Wadworth in 1875. The company brews “real ale.”
His Royal Highness was not getting intoxicated, however; he was there promoting his charity, “Pub is the Hub“:
“Pub is the Hub” was established by the Prince of Wales in 2001 and is funded by Wadworth Brewery. According to the Helensburgh Advertiser, the goal for this campaign is to “promote pubs as hubs of community life.”
The organisation assists rural pubs and licensees in broadening the range of services they provide to enhance community facilities. The country, rural way of life faces challenges in today’s society. To maintain the village pub which has been integral to rural English life for centuries, pubs provide other services that might not necessarily be easily found in these areas. Those pubs who have licensees provide services like a shop and post office in their pubs.
Let’s raise a pint and toast real ale, and pubs that serve their communities! What could be more British?