Our Mission

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.


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 Registered as a Community Benefit Society, produced a Business Plan and more.

For an update on what's been going on and what we're planning see our status report

Pop up Pub 
When will we see you again?

Clearly we can't run our popular Pop up Pub at present during lockdown.

Its not only against the law but also we want to ensure that we all stay as safe as we can in these difficult and turbulent times.

Hopefully the roll out of the Vaccine will let us start up again this summer, but we'll have to wait and see how things pan out.

Planning Appeals Fail

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 joined 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

There have been two recent appeals about the Ring O'Bells concerning its current use for residential accommodation.

Both of these appeals have failed and the owner of RingO'Bells does not have the right to use the premises or let it our a residential accommodation, which is what it is currently being used for.

For full details about these planning issues see the Planning tab on this website or click here