A Scottish pilot scheme aimed at encouraging pubs to help fill the gap in disappearing rural services has launched in the Borders.
Pub is the Hub offers funding, advice and support to licensees willing to take on libraries, shops, post offices and cinemas, in their community.
Scottish Borders council has recognised 60 pubs around the region that could fit the bill. Places like Newcastleton and Upper Tweedale are prime locations for 'Pub is the Hub'.
The government has pledged £30,000 to the scheme in the Borders.
Pub owners will be able to claim grants up to £4,000 as well as advice and support on how to expand and better serve their rural community.