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ASHLEY AND RENATA AT THE YARCOMBE INN
the warmest of welcomes to Ashley and Renata,
new tenants at The Yarcombe Inn.
They hope to open the pub later this summer
which is very good news indeed.
There will be more information in the next issue
of Yarcombe Voices, due to be published shortly.
We wish Ashley and Renata and their family good
luck and great success and we look forward to
seeing the Yarcombe Inn thriving once again.
A MESSAGE FROM
ASHLEY POTTER AT THE YARCOMBE INN
Firstly, I would like to introduce myself: my
name is Ashley Potter and I have taken over the
leasehold of The Yarcombe Inn.
A little bit of background about me: I have a
NVQ level 2 in catering and hospitality which I
achieved at Exeter College. I worked
at a nursing home for almost 18 years from the
age of sixteen, I have always had a passion for
cooking food. Almost five years ago
I decided to go self-employed with my partner
and start our own business which is called
Olivers Catering and I have attended many shows,
events, festivals and birthdays pre-Covid.
Roughly three years ago I started to run a café
in Exeter which has now closed as I want to
concentrate all my effort and time on this new
adventure. The Yarcombe Inn has the
full support of all of our families and we look
forward to welcoming you soon.
Regards and best wishes from Ashley and Renata.
ASSET OF COMMUNITY VALUE
The Parish Council's application for the pub to
be classified as an Asset of Community Value
(ACV) has been approved and the ACV now remains
active until 2025.
The pub is currently owned by Eagleyed Ltd, a
company with no apparent internet presence, run
by Martin Bayntun - see the
Blue Alpine have also advertised - both
companies have addresses in Pinner.
A third company,
SLS Properties in South London has also
acted as agents.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE YARCOMBE INN
Your attention should be drawn to the historic
significance of The Yarcombe Inn within this
community and indeed nationally.
Since the time of the listing of The Yarcombe
Inn (formerly known as The Angel Inn), much
archeological research has taken place.
Mrs Ruth Everitt, historian and author of the
book From Monks to The Millennium, spent many
years after the publication of her book
continuing her research into the history of the
Parish of Yarcombe. It was clear
from ancient documents both in the public domain
and in private ownership that The Yarcombe Inn
was in use some 900 years ago as a Church House
providing succour for wayfarers, a tradition
that has continued to this day.
Sadly Mrs Everitt is no longer alive to provide
the precise details of this research; however,
she found conclusive evidence that this Church
House provided shelter in the twelfth and
thirteenth centuries for the many pilgrims who
came to visit and pray at the monastic house of
St Michael Hall that stood near the river Yarty,
before travelling to Newnham Abbey, Glastonbury,
Salisbury, Winchester, Chichester and finally to
their destination at Canterbury.
During internal building repairs to The Yarcombe
Inn in the mid-1990s The Yarcombe Horse was
discovered. This important corbel made of Ham
Hill stone is of a horse wearing a halter made
from twisted rope. It is very rare
evidence for the style of horse equipment used
in Devon during the Norman period and is one of
the earliest depictions in stone within the
British Isles of a horse wearing a rope halter.
It is thought that it has its origins either in
the church previous to the present medieval
Church of St John the Baptist, or is from St
Michael Hall. The sculpture resides
at present in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum,
Our historic buildings, be they stately or
vernacular, are an integral part of our national
identity. Certainly much of the
fabric of The Yarcombe Inn is perhaps no more
than four hundred years old but there are parts
of it which together with its history make it a
building of significant historical interest and
importance, not just within the Parish of
Yarcombe and the County of Devon but nationally
YARCOMBE INN COMMUNITY
BENEFIT SOCIETY LTD
Below are the Minutes of the Yarcombe Inn
Community Benefit Society Limited's AGM which
was held on 29th September 2020: