As many of you know, the future of The Crown has become less certain after last orders on Sunday February 28th. But don’t worry, Humshaugh Community Ventures Limited, which runs the shop, has stepped into the breach. On Wednesday night (March 3rd) the directors took over the pub after signing a temporary lease while a new owner is found to buy it from Punch Taverns. The landlady is Jayne Walsham who, as many of you will remember, ran The Crown for nearly 7 years in the nineties. With Easter only a month away we wanted to make sure that the pub remains a bustling hub of the community while it waits for a permanent owner, whoever that might be. See The Journal and Hexham Courant March stories.