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   Yarcombe Voices Special "Save The Yarcombe Inn" Edition (pdf)  

The Campaign Begins !

The fight to rescue and save once and for all The Yarcombe Inn is on with a vengeance – and this time we really mean business.   In the mere six weeks since the public meeting which gave the Parish Council its unanimous mandate to participate in the bidding process for the ancient, historic pub, events have unfolded at a breakneck pace.   Already, major national organisations, charitable bodies, community support groups, local councils and heritage preservation boards have thrown their weight behind the village-run campaign.   Whilst at a local level the Parish Council have set up a high powered Project Steering Group, comprising Parish Councillors and key community representatives chosen especially for their professional expertise and skills to ensure:

 
  • the success of the fund raising campaign,
  • purchase of the pub and its re-birth,
  • National Heritage-standard restoration and renovation,
  • sustainable new future as a dynamic commercial hub and centrepiece of the village and wider hinterland of East Devon, South Somerset and West Dorset.
 

To achieve this, the Steering Group, under the leadership of Parish Council Chairman, Nick Randle, has invoked a ‘big thinking’ ambitious strategy which it believes is vital if the steady decline and loss of community spirit and cohesion in Yarcombe is to be radically turned around and a new sense of purpose and belief injected into the village and surrounding parish.

Its plans for The Yarcombe Inn building are truly transformational but the Group are welcoming more ideas from those in the area who have clear thoughts and beliefs about how the premises can be best taken forward.

"We want everyone to become truly excited by what we are trying to do with the site because that indicates belief and hope in what we are trying to achieve.   Ideas are our lifeblood for successfully taking this massive venture forward", says Nick Randle.

In keeping with the innovative approach taken by the Steering Group, it has been organised into three distinct units, each with its own group leader, which will assume responsibility for

 
  • Procurement, fund raising and public awareness
  • Restoration, renovation and alterations
  • Future operation of the site
 

Already significant progress has been achieved on fund raising. Negotiations are already started for grants from The Plunkett Foundation, the Heritage Lottery Fund and East Devon District Council whilst a Friends of the Yarcombe Inn campaign has been set up and over 200 registered who will hopefully make £20 donations to help with kick-starting the fight.

A far bigger boost has also been put in place with the launch of a national and regional crowdfunding campaign in conjunction with the nationwide Crowdfunder organisation, whereby any amount can be contributed to our cause.

Further support has been swung behind us by CAMRA, the national real ale and local pub lobbying organisation.   Regional Chair, Ray Dwan(?) and key national campaign organisers have all been in touch with the Project Group to pledge their commitment and support.

"It is amazing how rapidly some of the most prestigious and heavyweight organisations and national charitable bodies have thrown their weight behind our campaign – it is as if they have all heard of The Yarcombe Inn and why it is so important locally, regionally and nationally for us to save it", observes Nick Randle.

 

Organisations enlisted by the Project Steering Committee

In keeping with its ‘big thinking,’ ambitious strategy towards the campaign to secure the Yarcombe Inn, the Project Steering Group has not left a stone unturned as far as major organisations and national and local authorities it has approached for support and help.

Since being formed less than two months ago, the Group’s six core members have opened up negotiations with or enlisted the backing from some of the most influential and respected bodies across the fields of community enterprise, heritage preservation and lottery funding.

Almost every day a new one is added to the target list but, so far, those with whom it is now engaged or from whom support and backing have been secured or a grant is being processed include:

 
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • English Heritage
  • The Plunkett Foundation
  • The Pub is the Hub organisation
  • CAMRA
  • East Devon District Council
  • Crowdfunder fundraising company
  • Public Works Loan Board
  • Royal Albert Museum, Exeter
  • Blackdown Hills Parish Network
  • Devon County Council
 

The Campaign intends to seek support from every possible source to ensure that the funding is available to complete the project.