It’s the small village pub with a big heart. Staff and locals at The Miner’s Arms in Funtley, near Fareham, have helped to raise more than £13,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in the past six years.
The pub in Funtley Road pulls in the cash from a treasure hunt with a hearty barbecue, live music and raffle held over the August bank holiday weekend.
It does all it can to look after its community.
Regulars recently enjoyed a lively Halloween party and staff have decided to keep the pub’s New Year’s Eve celebrations theme-free this year to keep things a little different.
Landlady Joanne King has been in charge of the pumps with her partner Darren Coy for the past six years.
She said: ‘Two treasure hunts for Macmillan had happened here before we took charge and we were more than happy to carry it on.
‘We’ve kept it going all these years because there are customers in here who have gone through cancer and there are others we knew who have sadly passed away.
‘We’re delighted at the amount of money we’ve been able to raise.’
‘We’re finding that there aren’t a lot of places that people can go to on New Year now without there being some sort of theme.
‘So we’ve decided to keep things traditional.
‘It’s what the customers want.
‘They want to come in and have a few drinks and not have to feel like they need to dress up as James Bond to have a good time.’
The Miner’s, which is owned by Fuller’s, is a traditional local.
It serves up three real ales in the form of London Pride, HSB and Seafarers.
There is also a rotating guest beer.
The pub doesn’t have a routine for what it does each week because it likes to shake things up. There’s the occasional food-themed night and people can hire out the pub for birthday parties.
Christmas dinners will be dished up from December 7 until December 23.
Grub at the pub comes in the traditional variety – pies, faggots and liver and bacon.
Barmaid Hannah Cooper, 25, of Fareham, nominated The Miner’s Arms forward for The News Love Your Local page because she has been going there since she was young and went with her parents.
She said: ‘I’m now one of the barmaids and I couldn’t love this pub more. The same goes for my job and the locals.
‘The Miner’s is the heart of Funtley village and everyone who comes in is greeted with a warm smile and happy hello. We are all like family.’
MEET THE LANDLORD
RUNNING The Miner’s Arms was an easy choice for Joanne King.
She has lived in Funtley most of her life and knows many people there.
After growing up in the village, Joanne, 38, moved to Southampton between 1999 and 2003 to take up a job in administration.
She then returned to her roots and met partner Darren, who was the manager of The Miner’s Arms at the time.
It wasn’t long before the couple decided to take it over together.
‘Some people don’t like growing up in a village, and to be honest you only appreciate it once you’ve been away,’ Joanne said.
‘Coming back was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. This job is perfect for me.
‘I love the locals, and I knew most of them already which was nice. The pub has a real sense of community spirit to it.
‘I can’t see myself ever going away again.
‘This line of work isn’t a job, it’s a lifestyle. I love what I do.
‘We don’t just get local people coming, we also get those who come by the village on a day out stopping in.
‘I remember coming here for the pub quizzes when I was 18.
‘Darren has got experience in the pub industry and was a pot-washer when he was 15.’
The pub employs 10 staff, made up of four kitchen workers and six barmaids.
Tina Masters, who works as a kitchen assistant at the pub, said: ‘The Miner’s Arms is a proper village pub.
‘I love all the locals and all the staff get on well. It’s all about teamwork here.’