The Future Of Laneshawbridge
What Will The Future Hold
It is certain that rural pubs will continue to be the focal point of local community life. The difficulty public houses in rural communities face is that for many, the pub is the heart of the village. Take the Public House and the Sub-Post Office away and the village starts to die.
Also the number of incomers into the rural scene has harmed rather than benefitted the local communities with many incomers not working locally but commuting to nearby towns to work.
Slowly a whole way of life is drifting away and public houses like the Hargreaves Arms are some of the very last bastions of quintissential English life. A lifestyle that is driffting into the collective memories of older residents and forgotten by the young.
Fortunately there are interest groups which regularly frequent rural pubs like the Hargreaves Arms and bring welcome respite. Groups like the Yorkshire Hash House Harriers, who for fun go running all over Yorkshire and Lancashire, visit a number of rural pubs along the various trails they set up for enthusiasts to follow.
The local tourist information office is also responsible for some business to rural areas by provideing guided tours of the various villages that meander along the valley.
Even the BBC has done its part to bring awareness about Laneshawbridge to the outside world with a virtual tour of the area.
Online resources like the Lancashire Lantern help to keep the public informed of rural issues and ensure that the village and surroundings are never far from modern life.
Judging by all that is written on the internet and in local papers then the Hargreaves Arms and the local community do not have to fear the future.
There is so much support within the community to keep the life and heart of village life thriving that even with the huge changes we are all experiencing, some traditional lifestyles will never totally fade away and the Hargreaves Arms plays a vital role in ensuring that traditional country life not only continues to thrive but to prosper.