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Half Moon Inn opens village shop in Rushall

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Martin Wilby, Terry Stork and Sarah Campbell Jones at the Half Moon Inn. Matt Usher Photography for Pub is The Hub. (1992305)
Martin Wilby, Terry Stork and Sarah Campbell Jones at the Half Moon Inn. Matt Usher Photography for Pub is The Hub. (1992305)

Like many villages, Rushall lost its shop years ago.

It also lost its pub for a time. But, unlike a lot of villages, it got that back when the Half Moon Inn reopened in November, a year after it had closed.

Now Rushall also has a shop again.

It has been opened by pub owners Sarah Campbell-Jones and her husband, Ray Paul, after they asked customers what they would most like to see in the village. A shop was at the top of the list.

“People in the village have been very supportive since we opened the pub, so we decided we would try to give something back in return,” said Mrs Campbell-Jones.

“We had an outbuilding which wasn’t doing anything and the shop has proved to be very popular since it opened, with people using it on a daily basis.

“We are stocking basic essentials like bread, bacon, sausages, ice cream, preserves, toiletries and so on.”

Second on the wish list when the couple asked villagers what they wanted to see was a play area, and that has also opened at the pub.

“It is suitable for children aged two and upwards and was very popular over the bank holiday weekend,” said Mrs Campbell-Jones.

The shop and play area are the latest developments at the Half Moon since the couple took over in September.

They were completed with the help of rural pub champions Pub Is The Hub and a £3,000 grant from its community services pub in partnership with Norfolk County Council.

The official opening was performed by the village’s county councillor, Martin Wilby, on Thursday,

Mrs Campbell-Jones has known the Half Moon since her childhood, when her family visited for birthdays and celebrations.

A chef, she has been in the catering industry for more than 20 years, although it is a new experience for her ex-London firefighter husband.

As well as refurbishing the pub, they have also renovated the accommodation and now have three letting bedrooms, with a further four to follow soon.

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