Saving The Drovers

A Twenty Month David v Goliath battle waged by determined supporters to save the very heart of the community....


  • November 2014 - Pub Closed and Boarded
  • New Years Eve 2014 - Developers planning permission goes public, attempting to convert the pub into large house - 200 objections received.
  • January 2015 - Community Open meeting unanimously agrees to save the pub.
  • February 2015 - The Drovers is formally recognised as an asset of community value and the community's intent to bid is recorded.
  • Spring 2015 - The Gussage Community Benefit Society Ltd is established and the community share offer launched to raise funds to purchase and refurbish the pub.  The community decides that it will lease the pub to professionals to ensure the experience it needs to thrive.
  • June 2015 - The change of use planning permission is refused. The Drovers is viable and must remain as a pub.
  • Autumn/Winter 2015 - Mortgage and share capital in place and purchase negotiations advanced.
  • February 2016 - In line with the community decision to appoint experienced professionals the pub tenants are appointed to establish and run the operation.
  • March 11th 2016 - The purchase is complete and an army of volunteers and contractors get to work on bring the pub back to life.
  • July 9th 2016 - Huge celebrations as Pub reopens.
  • March 2nd 2019 - New Lease holders , Harvelle, Martin and Steve take over to guide the pub through its next chapter.