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Victoria Cross Trust launches cafe with support from Pub Stuff

A national charity dedicated to restoring the graves of every Victoria Cross recipient has received a substantial donation of dining tables and comfy cafe chairs from leading hospitality furniture provider Pub Stuff to furnish its new museum café. 



The Victoria Cross Trust charitable organisation, which is based at Ashworth Barracks, in Balby, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, preserves and upkeeps every one of more than 1,300 graves of the servicemen across all services who were awarded the highest military accolade for their bravery.

As part of its fundraising efforts, the Trust launched a military museum with a significant number of donated artefacts. Now it is hoping to boost its coffers further with the opening of a café on site, which is open to museum visitors and the general public.

Cafe Furniture Donation from Pub Stuff

And thanks to the generosity of Pub Stuff Ltd, the leading contract furniture provider to the hospitality and leisure trade, cafe visitors can enjoy a slice of cake and a cup of tea in comfort after it donated a selection of cafe furniture including cafe chairs and restaurant tables worth £3,000.



“As well as providing a service to museum visitors, our goal is to engage different groups in the surrounding community in using the café as a meeting point and introducing opportunities to support the charity,” said Gary Stapleton, Chairman of the Victoria Cross Trust.

Dawn Catley, a volunteer at the Victoria Cross Trust Cafe wrote to Pub Stuff Ltd after hearing about Pub Stuff's Community Stuff furniture grant scheme.

“We knew we needed to make the cafe appealing. Having achieved a five-star environmental health rating for the kitchen, which was entirely donated, when we saw that Pub Stuff were offering a furniture grant to community groups, we felt that our café met the criteria. We never expected that we would receive 100% of what we asked for though and we are totally bowled over.  Our elderly visitors in particular are delighted that the chairs are comfortable, sturdy and not too low. Everyone is so grateful - the cafe furniture is the only new thing we have!”

Cafe Tables and Restaurant Chairs for The Victoria Cross Trust Cafe

Sally Huband, Director, Pub Stuff Ltd, had no hesitation in responding positively to the application from the Trust and in keeping with its nature, the cafe dining chairs were provided in patriot Union Flag contract fabrics together with a selection of Pub Stuff New Highland Grey and Highland Blue contract fabrics.

“Pub Stuff is proud to support Gary, Dawn and the team at the Victoria Cross Trust in the humbling work they do to honour the incredibly brave servicemen who have often made the ultimate sacrifice during active service,” said Sally.

“We reviewed the application from the Victoria Cross Trust against the criteria of the scheme and were incredibly moved by the aims of the charity.  They do exceptional work in creating a link between the charity, the local community and the military and we are only too pleased to do our small bit in helping the Victoria Cross Trust to achieve its goals.”

As well as working within the leisure and hospitality industry, Pub Stuff is often called upon to help to design and furnish sports clubs, club houses and social areas for the military which also includes the Officers and Sergeants Mess, the Naffi and MOD social restaurants, cafes and bars.

The Victoria Cross was introduced by Queen Victoria in 1856 and uniquely rewarded both Officers and other ranks.  Since then, 1,358 awards have been made – with only 15 awarded since the Second World War.  There are only 10 living recipients of this award.

Victoria Cross Trust Website

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Furniture grant puts a spring back in the step of Waterlooville Community Centre

The Springwood Centre is a busy Community Centre, Café and venue in the heart of Waterlooville, outside Portsmouth, Hampshire serving numerous local community groups.

Situated in an area for regeneration in the Stakes area of Waterlooville, the centre is growing and importantly thriving under the weight of local demand. Groups served are diverse and range from elderly local residents enjoying their lunch time meals there, disabled groups meeting for a coffee right through to the evening Youth Café which provides a safe, hip and supportive environment for local youth users who have no other local venues available to them.

In the mornings Mums and Toddlers use the centre for pre-school groups and during the week a vibrant and growing dance group fill the hall with music and laughter.

The rate of growth and the volume and diversity of usage of the facilities of the Springwood Centre led Centre Manager Lyn Unsworth to make an application to leading UK contract furniture suppliers Pub Stuff Ltd and their new Community Stuff grant scheme

“We set up Community Stuff to support community focussed organisations with quality, durable and attractive contract furniture to meet their needs when creating meeting points for community support projects,” said Pub Stuff Director, Sally Huband.

Lyn described how the original layout of the facilities was a wide corridor furnished with used soft office chairs, hard wooden chairs and round wooden coffee tables. “My aim was to find a way to slowly replace them as they wore out; it just wasn’t a terribly inviting space at all.

When we found out that we’d been successful in applying for the furniture grant from Pub Stuff Ltd, we were delighted. Our four New leather tub chairs and matching coffee table have been a lovely addition to the centre creating a cosy feel and our teens have declared them to be the best thing in the world! It’s inspired me to spice things up and put pictures up on the wall to make things even more cosy.”

Community groups seeking to apply for a grant through ‘Pub Stuff's Community Stuff should apply via and complete the application form.


Pub Stuff partners with the Gingerbread Community Café to support community groups

The Gingerbread Community café in Polmont near Falkirk is the first project born of the award winning Forth Valley Enterprise, a Community Interest Company set up to strengthen local communities and support local causes.

Since opening 21 months ago, the café has become the hub of the local community.  “We focus on increasing community cohesion, reducing isolation and improving the employment prospects of young people and also people with mental health problems through our Employability programme” explained Managing Director, Anna Sandland.

As part of the Employability scheme, which mainly benefits those aged between 16-24 with little or no work experience, basic skills training is provided while they work at the café and increase their confidence, together with support with searching for regular employment. The Gingerbread Café has worked with approximately 30 volunteers, trainees and work experience candidates so far.

Parents and carers love the small playroom within the café and local care homes are proactively contacted so that their residents may come along and enjoy socialising in the relaxing environment and enjoy a hot drink and refreshments.

The Gingerbread café also reaches out to local artists who can then display much of their works within the café and another nice touch is the fact that only unsigned music is played in the café.

Anna explained how, as a product of their success, growth also brought its own challenges. “Our client group is now growing quickly which is great news and what we want. We are now launching a cooking course for single dads, a book group and a breastfeeding drop in group are also coming on stream and we were finding that our current set up was becoming too stretched to accommodate our growth. The need to maximise space and offer good quality comfortable seating to all our visitors was becoming a problem and some of the original second hand furniture we’d bought on a limited budget was beginning to show signs of wear”.

Then in Autumn 2014, Anna heard about a new Community support furniture scheme offered by Pub Stuff a leading national contract furniture provider.

Pub Stuff Director Sally Huband said, “We wanted to find a way of offering a well-structured and focussed initiative to support community oriented organisations with the provision of quality, durable, attractive contract furniture to meet their needs when creating meeting points for community support projects.   We do this by offering furniture grants to directly benefit the social group applying and thereon, their visitors.

Anna contacted us and we were impressed by what the Forth Valley Enterprise was doing with the Gingerbread Café. A sense of community is vital for many groups today particularly those who feel isolated and lonely  where research has shown links from this to poor nutrition and depression. A Café and coffee shop is a great environment for social interaction and also to enjoy well-made quality food and understand how to lead a healthier life by learning about cooking and nutrition.”

After evaluating the application from the Gingerbread Café, Pub Stuff awarded a grant comprising a two seater Panther leather sofa together with one chunky coffee table. “ We were absolutely delighted with the furniture,” said Anna, “our visitors having been really enjoying using it since Pub Stuff delivered it to the Café, the time from agreeing the grant to us receiving it happened really fast too – so all in all we are really delighted that we made the application!”.




Local homeless charity uses furniture grant to create new space for young people

Young homeless people in Banbury will be able to benefit from a welcoming new counselling room at their local charity, Banbury Young Homeless People (BYHP), following a stylish furniture donation from local leading contract pub furniture provider, Pub Stuff Ltd.

Deb Parker, CEO of BYHP was delighted when Pub Stuff Ltd agreed to supply the furniture as part of their new Community Stuff grant scheme in a move to transform ad hoc office space into a valuable resource for one-to-one sessions with young people.

The charity is long established in Banbury having served the community for over 20 years equipping young homeless people in the area with employability skills, training in CV writing, building self-esteem, budgeting and active work experience.

With the final finishing touches to paintwork now complete, the new arrangement of three leather tub chairs and a chunky wooden coffee table offers an inviting space for counselling and training sessions.

“Our volunteers, trustees and young people are very impressed with this new space and I think it’s absolutely wonderful” said Deb. “Previously it was an area that didn’t fulfil its full potential, it was not at all comfortable with a couple of odd chairs, a desk and filing cabinet and no defined purpose.”

“The young people we support are all experiencing different stages of vulnerability and need and the help they require is simply not available elsewhere” Deb explained.

Sally Huband, Pub Stuff Director, said the furniture grant scheme was launched to help community groups across the country.

 “We want to support community-focused organisations with quality, durable and attractive contract furniture to meet their needs when creating meeting points for community support projects,” she said.

“Young people supported by BYHP gain excellent work experience as part the BYHP ‘On a Roll’ project, a pantry based in Church Lane where young people produce top quality sandwiches, soups, cakes  and drinks which are sold to local people and businesses. We’re delighted to support Deb and the team with their outstanding work ethic and progress”.

Community groups seeking to apply for a grant through Pub Stuff's Community Stuff project should apply via and complete the application form.


Pub Stuff range creates Contemporary, Cosy feel for Historic Pub

An historic village pub and restaurant in Oxfordshire has had new life breathed into it after leading hospitality furniture supplier Pub Stuff Ltd helped to revitalise the interior with a fresh, new look.

The Duck on the Pond in South Newington, near Banbury, Oxon had last undergone a renovation 12 years ago, so landlady Kathryn O’Neill was keen to bring it up to date.

“As you can imagine, after 12 years of the same look, things were starting to look a little dated,” she said. “I felt that there was too much wood in the pub and restaurant and I wanted to create a contemporary yet traditional look that our clientele would appreciate. We cater for all ages, so it was important to get the look and feel just right.”

Kathryn had commissioned Pub Stuff to provide pub furniture and furnishings for the pub and restaurant when she first took over the running of The Duck on the Pond in 2003 and had been impressed with the longevity and quality of the items.

It meant she had no hesitation in contacting the company again when she made the decision to refurbish.

“I love the fact that Pub Stuff is a local business because it’s always good to support those companies who are nearby, so I contacted them first,” she said. “Thankfully, because we weren’t carrying out any building work this time round, I was able to put all my efforts into thinking about the look I wanted and choose the furniture styles, colours and fabrics. It’s just as well: I was amazed when I saw how big the range is now!”

After carefully reviewing the options with the interior design experts from Pub Stuff, Kathryn chose a range of farmhouse-style tables, chairs and sofas.  These were complemented by premium quality soft oak Luigi diing chairs, which were upholstered in a range of hard-wearing complementary contract fabrics – mainly granite, oatmeal and browns – that offer a traditional look with a contemporary twist.

She also chose chunky rectangle and square farmhouse dining tables in soft oak colour, plus a set of comfy chairs for the bar and restaurant area.
The pub was closed in November for three weeks while the work went ahead.

“The result was fantastic and the response from customers has been extremely positive – they love the colours and the brightness,” said Kathryn. “The combination works really well because there aren’t many high back chairs, which has opened out the space. I’ve been told that the interior looks bigger now.”

Sally Huband, Pub Stuff director, said: “Kathryn was clear from the outset about the look she wanted for this beautiful village pub: comfort and elegance"
“Our solid wood chairs and chunky tables fitted the bill perfectly because they provide a homely and cosy feel yet complement the historic interior. The result is an incredibly elegant dining area for the pub.
“Using soft oak gives a honeyed warmth to the room and are a stunning contrast from the beams on the ceiling, while the mix and match fabrics are ideal because they help to create a very modern take on the country cottage style and add layers of richness, which is homely and informal.”

Kathryn adds: “We were confident that Pub Stuff would deliver exactly what we wanted and we were thrilled to see how fantastic the new dining tables and comfy contract chairs looked when we arranged them for the first time.

“There’s always a fine balance to be achieved when updating an historic pub like this because it is absolutely essential to maintain the integrity of the building but ensure that your customers can enjoy relaxing and informal surroundings. Working with the Pub Stuff team enabled us to achieve just the look we were after.”


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