We are proud that our pubs and breweries are an integral part of their communities. For many the relationship has been longstanding; our oldest brewery in Burton was founded in 1834, and our brewery in Wolverhampton in 1890. At Marston’s we recognise that the relationship with our community is an essential ingredient for the appreciation of the distinctiveness our beer brands, and an essential foundation for our pubs.
We continually survey what our pub customers think of the service they have received. From these results we adapt our offering to suit local tastes and changing preferences. This dialogue with our communities is assisted by our pubs’ support for a range of local voluntary activities arranged by our customers and staff.
Our aim is for our breweries to remain the pride of their communities, and we are determined that it stays that way. Marston’s has a reputation for investing in its smaller regional breweries in Ringwood, Witney and Cockermouth, and the Company is renowned for respecting the provenance and history of its local beers. At Marston’s we understand that the value of these regional brands reflects the affection of their local communities, for whom they were often originally created.
Our breweries participate in local events and host many themselves on site including:
Brakspear is the proud chief sponsor of a bicycle hire scheme this year in Oxford. Based on the idea of being as easy to use and as flexible as possible, Jericho based Bainton Bikes launched a bike hire plan that has no docking stations and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
This allows cyclists to pick up a bike any time of day or night, use it as necessary and return it there when finished. These modern day ‘Brakspear Bikes’ have been roaming around Oxford spreading the Brakspear brand and easing congestion.
Wychwood Brewery, once again hosted their ever popular Grand Lighting of The Pumpkins event held annually on Hallows Eve, Saturday 31st October.
Welcoming over 1,000 guests through the brewery gates, this year’s event proved more popular than ever before and was host to some amazing Halloween fancy dress costumes by both the kids and the adults! The bar was in full flow from the beginning right to the end, and guests were able to sip on Hobgoblin or Hobgoblin Gold, with some Witches Brew and Frog Slime for the kids.
The brewery was full of ghouls and goblins and they were all kept on their feet dancing the night away to music from local band, The Village Idiots, and being entertained and amazed by the Wychwayz Border Morris dancers. The night was full of spooktacular activities and visitors were able to get their faces painted, have their fortunes told, listen to the tale of the Hobgoblin in the gory story corner, try their luck on the Wheel of Misfortune and test their Aunt Sally skills!
Sticking to true Halloween tradition, there was also a pumpkin carving competition which took place throughout the evening with the winners being picked by Witney Town Mayor, Cllr Jim King.
The event helped Wychwood Brewery in raising an impressive £1,210 for their adopted charity, Special Effect.
Each year Marston’s makes a substantial financial contribution to the charity Pub is The Hub to help pubs in small, often rural communities, adapt and survive changing economic pressures. The charity helps pubs offer additional services to their communities such as shops, play areas, postal services and libraries www.pubisthehub.org.uk.
Our Head Office staff devote time to community projects in the locality of Wolverhampton. In 2015 our property division helped to create a sensory garden for a local residential home.
The Old Tree Nursery produces home grown plants, flowers, trees and fresh produce and offers a range of onsite services and facilities in a socially-responsible manner. The team of 62 volunteers from the Estates Department, helped refurbish the on-site shop that provides a mixture of handmade gifts and cards, created a Fairy Garden & Nature Trail as well as improving the general amenity levels. With the help of a few contractors and interior designers, we helped the scheme become more commercially viable, as all income and profit received from sales is ploughed back into Old Tree Nursery to support the employment, education and training of people with learning difficulties and other vulnerabilities within the local community. View more details about Charity Day.
A team of 50 volunteers from our property division has helped to complete the final touches on the brand new sensory garden for St Anthony’s residential home. The garden which had been left overgrown and unusable has now been turned around with the help of collaboration between ourselves and Hannafin LTD; the garden is now the perfect sanctuary for both residents and their families to enjoy.
Ben Lister, a resident of St Anthony’s since April 2014, spoke of the all the great changes to the garden, “Having the new garden is a delight for me and my two young children. This lovely space enables me to spend time outside with them; the area was very run down before but has been transformed into something which is a visual treat as well as an amenity for all of us to enjoy.”
Mark Stafford, who worked closely with St Anthony’s throughout the project said, “It’s great that Marston’s could get involved with something as rewarding as this, not just for us but for the residents and everyone involved at St Anthony’s. The garden looks great and is a credit to everyone’s hard work.”
The Wolverhampton Business Champions group was set up to promote the City as a great place to invest, work, live and visit. The group is comprised of ten large strategic businesses with their head office, or key operations within or close to Wolverhampton, including Marston’s, Carillion, JLR, MOOG, and House of Fraser which employ collectively close to 70,000 people in the UK, of which over 5,500 are in the Midlands. The group works with key stakeholders, including the City Council, West Midlands Police, the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, local and national politicians to raise the profile of the city nationally.
Marston’s has actively supported Wolverhampton’s city centre management for a number of years. As a company with its head office in the proposed Business Improvement District (BID) Marston’s has plays a role in its delivery. BID is a government vehicle to ring fence rates income for local improvements with the BID geography. The BID works to deliver enhancements to the city centre making it more attractive and vibrant for customers and city employees. The BID is managed by the Wolverhampton BID Company Ltd which Marston’s actively supports.
Marston’s is proud to be a Founder Patron of The Way, a Youth Zone in Wolverhampton providing young people with a state of the art, purpose built youth centre: www.thewayyouthzone.org/.