In 2020, The Gun at Ridsdale – a traditional country inn set in the heart of the beautiful Northumberland countryside – was due to be sold to housing developers. The community had already suffered the loss of their post office, local shop, garage and the Village Hall, and local people were determined to prevent the Gun Inn from also closing. In order to save the pub, The Ridsdale Community Group (RCG) was formed with the goal of achieving a community buyout and The Gun is now owned by the RCG – a Community Benefit Society. It has hundreds of shareholders from all over the world and is run for the benefit of the local community.
John Bassett, chairman of the RCG says: “The Gun helps the community to thrive and provides amenities that have been missing for many years; it re-vitalises the area and provides opportunities for all ages to come together to overcome loneliness and the feeling of isolation.”