From ‘The George and Dragon’ to Hudswell Community Pub Ltd

March 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm 2 comments

By Peter Baeck

One of the most frequent points i find myself (and many others) making, when discussing  how communities could better make use of existing local assetts, is how many of the pubs that has closed down in the recent years could be taken over and run by local communities and turned in to community hubs.

ALthough that is a great point, its been pretty hard to back it up with evidence.  The  transformation of the closed down pub ‘The George and Dragon’ in Hudswell to being the Hudswell Community Pub Ltd might change that. The short clip below tells the story, but in short, Hudswell is a great example of how more than a 100 local residents have volunteered to run the pub as a centre for the community.


Entry filed under: Big society, Cooperatives and Mutuals, Local Innovation.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. alecpatton  |  March 21, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Really cool, Peter. we ignore a community’s ingrained cultural centres – be they pubs, cafes, greengrocers, football pitches, etc.-at our peril.

  • 2. Claire McEneaney  |  March 21, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Very cool Peter. This is exactly what we are doing on the TEY project – trying to capitalise on those existing community hubs as a route to engagement … going where people already go.


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