The Ring O'Bells had been a hub in our local community for over 170 years until it closed in 2012.
It stands in the little village of Prixford, North Devon next to Guineaford and Kings Heanton in the Parish of Marwood a few miles north of Barnstaple.
Pop up Pub
When can we reopen?
Now that lockdown is being relaxed our Committee have discussed the possibility of having some sort of Summer party. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long to conclude that this was not going to be possible. Even if we were to get a large marquee, social distancing and people sitting at allocated tables etc would mean that it would not be possible to socialise properly; the very purpose of having a party!
This is disappointing but in reality it is difficult to foresee when we will be able to re-start our pop-up pub events before the restrictions are fully lifted.
If you have any good ideas please let us know!
A group of locals have formed the Ring O'Bells Campaign with the ambition to acquire and reopen the Ring O'Bells as a Community Business.
We have joined the Plunkett Foundation, Registering as a Community Benefit Society, producing a Business Plan and more.
For an update on what's been going on and what we're planning see our status report
Community Owned Pubs Work!
The Plunkett Foundation has been supporting Community activities for over 100 years, and has been actively involved in many Community Owned Pubs and Shops.
In the period from 2004 to 2019, Plunkett has monitored 95 Community owned Pubs all of which are still operating, which is an amazing 100% success rate at a time when conventionally owned Pubs have been failing at an unprecedented rate.
The Ring O'Bells Campaign is a member of the Plunkett Foundation and has adopted their model rules as a Community Benefit Society.
For more information on Community Benefit Societies and a copy of our Rules click here
For more information about the Plunkett Foundation click here
For case studies of successful Community Owned Pubs click here
How has it affected you?
We did mail everyone a few weeks back about a film that we were planning to create showing some of our experiences during lockdown.
I am pleased to say that this is well advanced and we hope to give you an update shortly.