News

News

Find out all the latest developments and how the project is progressing.

About us

About us

We’ve put together a great team of local and active members of the community, who have a fantastic set of skills to give us the best chance of success.

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See how the The George Community is coming together to build a sustainable venue for events, social gatherings and much more.

The Team

We’ve put together a great team. As we progress we expect we’ll need to grow this team to support the amount of work required.
Robin Draper

Robin Draper

Moved to Bethersden 35 years ago with Marian and three teenage children. Once in Bethersden he served 10 years as Chief Executive of a local farmers Co-operative and then in 1996 started his own gardening business. 'The community of Bethersden has been hugely important to me and centre to this has been the friendship that I have enjoyed with many villagers at The George'.

Joanne Brannan

Joanne Brannan

Moved to Bethersden ten years ago to buy her first home and start a family with her husband and lifelong village resident, Duncan. Formerly a Sales Director with an international media agency, Jo now splits her time between raising two young children and running her own business from home. She is excited to be part of the team bringing The George back to life as a vibrant community hub

Roger Kelly

Roger Kelly

Has been an acoustic engineer for 30 years and started his own business twenty years ago. The business has recently been sold and he is looking for a new business challenge on top of golf! He has lived in Bethersden for over seven years and is committed to helping The George reopen

Alex Withington

Alex Withington

Lived in the village with his wife since 2014, now with 2 young (and very active) children. Formally Head of Commercial Operations at BT, now the Sales Director for an online car supermarket. Alex loves cask (proper) beer and used to help out at The George’s annual beer festival.

Michele Sadler

Michele Sadler

Michele has lived in Bethersden for 32 years with her husband Ray Rank. Runs her own business from home. Delighted to be invited to join the team and help with planning future events for the community

Welcome to the George Community

Standing in the heart of Bethersden, The George has for several decades been the social centre of the village.
Following the pub's closure in 2020, local residents are now coming together to form the "George Community.” We plan to reopen, regenerate and protect this most precious asset for generations to come, with all profits redirected back into our community.
This initiative is led and funded by the local community with the support of Ashford Borough Council, Bethersden Parish Council and the Plunkett Foundation.
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