Three projects embracing the co-operative model are celebrating success at different stages of their bids to take control of community assets.
In the village of Irthington, eight miles east of Carlisle, a community share offer has launched for locals to buy and re-open the Salutation Inn. The pub closed in May 2015 before being put up for sale in February this year. After a public meeting in March, locals voted in support of a bid to community-own the business.
The share offer launched on 22 June with the aim of creating a community hub serving locally produced food and a range of drinks, as well as exploring the possibilities of a mobile post office, live music evenings, quiz nights and more.
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