New chapter is opening as pubs launch libraries

Manager Withy Arms Bamber Bridge

Ben Edwards – Area Manager – Withy Arms Group –

A pint and a paperback . . .

a pub group has stepped in following local library closures to offer bookworms a place to visit.

The initiative has come from pub operators the Withy Arms Group, which has pubs in Leyland and Bamber Bridge. Ben Edwards, area manager of the group, has set up a book exchange within the Withy Arms, Station Road, Bamber Bridge, to help to those affected by the closures. And the Withy Arm, Worden Lane, Leyland, is set to follow suit soon. Ben said: “We have been approached by a large group of about twenty five bookworms who have lost their home due to the library closing at Bamber Bridge. “We now open our pub at Bamber Bridge every month to facilitate their meetings and we wanted to help further, so I decided to bring in a book exchange in the corner of the pub. It has been greatly received. I think it’s important for community pubs to help to provide some type of facilities when the council lets down the local community by closing the library.” Lee Forshaw, of the Withy Arms, Leyland, said: “Because of the success in Bamber Bridge we will be rolling our book exchange idea out to the Leyland pub in the coming weeks. So you be able to read a book have a pint in the best beer garden in Leyland and enjoy life. We are just looking at buying some more book shelves for the Leyland pub.” Lancashire County Council announced last year it was closing a whole host of libraries after it was hit with severe funding cuts, although the newly elected Tory administration says it plans to halt the cuts.

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brexit clip

Following the huge amount of discussion about the forthcoming Referendum by customers and staff within the pubs within the Withy Arms Group, the Pubco has had brewed a real ale called Brexit to stimulate more conversation and maybe to help people make an educated decision.

The beer goes on sale at both Bamber Bridge pubs and in the Withy Arms Leyland on Friday 10th June 2016.

CEO Lee Forshaw says, “The company itself remains impartial but we did a staff straw poll of 49 of the team regarding naming the beer either ‘Remain’ or ‘Brexit’ and ‘Brexit’ came out on top. I will be voting for a Brexit also and I have commissioned a real ale in celebration of our independence day!”.

Local MP Nigel Evans, whose Ribble Valley constituency includes Bamber Bridge where some of the Pubs are based said, ‘As President of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group and a Brexiteer I’m delighted that brewers have such common sense. I hope beer lovers and those wishing to Leave the EU will unite in supporting the cause and enjoying a great pint into the bargain’.

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Wagner: One Direction Niall will give up singing for beer and golf

X Factor reject Wagner has revealed that he think One Direction’s Niall Horan will give up singing in favour of ‘beer and golf’.

The Brazilian singer was performing at the two Withy Arms pubs in Leyland and Bamber Bridge as part of their Bank Holiday weekend beer festivals.



Before the performance, he spoke to the Evening Post and revealed his predictions for the members of One Direction, who recently announced they will be starting solo careers.

Wagner, who was eliminated from The X Factor 2010 in week eight, said: “I think Harry and Liam will do well, because Liam always wanted to be a solo artist, he never wanted to be part of a group.

“It seems that Zane really wanted to have a solo career.

“I’m not sure about Liam, I think that he is really business minded.

“Niall loves his beer and he loves playing golf so he might just rest on the money he made. One thing for certain, they don’t have to worry about money.”

The singer also revealed that he plans to marry his girlfriend, and mother of his two children, but does not want a big wedding.

“I really want a simple wedding, I just want to get the paperwork done,” he said.

He added that no-one will be singing at the wedding.

Dozens of fans showed up to watch Wagner’s performance at the pubs on Saturday night.

John Travill, landlord at the Leyland pub, explained: “He’s on our Facebook page and we thought we’d do something different.

“He was playing in Scotland on the Saturday, so he was travelling back.”

The Brazilian performer did 20-minute slots before meet and greet sessions with the audience and having photographs taken.

“It went down fantastic,” said John. “We had all ages here looking for entertainment value.”

Source Lancashire Evening Post

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