At the start of 2016 it was clear that our pub’s future was at risk and that it could well follow the fate of many other English pubs and be developed for housing. We held a public meeting and as a result 44 locals put their names on a register of concerned people. A committee was formed with a brief that any four committee members could represent the Friends of the Boot and Shoe (FofBS). We submitted a successful application to have the pub recorded as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) on Rushcliffe’s register. This meant that if the pub was put up for sale the village would have a six month window to prepare a community bid which would then be submitted to the owners.