Calling all rural pubs in Devon for diversification

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A scheme to help rural pubs in Devon to branch out into new services is to be launched on 3rd November by Pub is The Hub in partnership with Devon Communities Together.

Pub is The Hub will launch its Local Community Services Champions initiative, on 3rd November from 10.30am at The Ten Tors pub on Exeter Road in Kingsteignton (TQ12 3NP).

John Longden, the Chief Executive of Pub is The Hub and his team aim to showcase advice, support and, if appropriate, funding for pub operators and owners who are considering a diversification scheme. Schemes of this type include providing post offices, shops, libraries, internet cafes, allotment schemes, school dinners, lunch clubs for the elderly, cash point machines, IT training and meeting rooms.

Licensees John and Victoria Bell from the Ring O’Bells in West Alvington will be there to talk about the shop that they opened at their pub in December 2013 and Tom and Axelle Haywood from the Union Inn, Denbury will explain how they have developed a shop and post office at their 14th Century Inn.

They will be joined by Elaine Cook, Chief Executive of Devon Communities Together who are backing the scheme as well as representatives from The Post Office and the libraries service.

The scheme in Devon is being backed by Devon Communities Together and the Big Lottery Fund.

John Longden, Chief Executive from Pub is The Hub said: “We are opening up the event to any licensees and pub owners who are considering the option of diversification – and even those who have never thought of it before. We welcome anyone who wants to know more and fancies having a chat with us.”

Anyone who would like to attend the meeting in can telephone 01423 546165 to reserve a place or can go to for more information.