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Darts, beer and a determination to survive - inside the oldest working men's club in the world - Ridge Hill Lane WMC in Stalybridge is facing a fight for survival. Read more about their story

A campaign has been launched to save The Lord Clive in Whitefield after its landlady was given just four weeks to find a new job - as well as a home for her and four young children. Read more about their story



With 18 pubs a week closing in Brexit Britain, (more than 25% have shut since 2001), we decided to actively researching the ongoing issue of pub closures and join the growing number of campaigns addressing this issue.

The research will not only look into reasons for this dramatic decline in pub numbers but the impact this is having on the communities that they served. The Local is so often at the centre of our communities. It is the place to meet, talk, share ideas and keep up-to-speed with what is happening in the area.

With nothing to replace the pub, there is a growing concern that communities can start to lose cohesion, adding to a number of social problems that are blighting our communities. An increased sense of isolation, mental health problems, crime, littering, massive increases in home (unregulated) drinking, are just some of the impacts explored on this page.

If, like us, you feel this is something that needs addressing then please read on and subscribe to The Claimants and we’ll update you on our progress as we roll on down the road.


HELP US FURTHER UNDERSTAND THIS PUB CLOSING PHENOMONEN AND WHAT CLOSING YOUR LOCAL PUB WOULD MEAN FOR YOU…

“Loneliness can be as damaging as 15 cigarettes a day. Without the local pub and people around to talk to, people can often feel more isolated…” - The Morning Advertiser

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"Through detailed qualitative research ... the social practices embodied in young adults' drinking in traditional pubs offer, on balance, a more socially sustainable form of interaction than drinking on the streets or at house."

Community cohesion and village pubs in Northern England: an econometric study

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What Killed The Pub?

Depending on who you ask, the reasons for falling pub numbers are almost as numerous as they are wide reaching - the smoking ban, cheaper supermarket alcohol, the credit crunch, 

HELP US FURTHER UNDERSTAND THIS PUB CLOSING PHENOMONEN AND WHAT CLOSING YOUR LOCAL PUB WOULD MEAN FOR YOU…

Every heard the one about there being more churches than pubs? No we’re not joking…

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The map shows how many South Manchester pubs have closed since the 1970s

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