The possibility of a community buyout for a Scottish pub first licensed in 1604 has moved forward.
The community company hopes to buy the historic Crook Inn
The Crook Inn in Tweedsmuir has been shut for some time with plans lodged to turn it into a house and four flats.
The Tweedsmuir Community Company (TCC) has now been formed with the aim of buying the property and running it with the profits put back into the area.
Vice-chairman of the new group Andrew Mason said the buyout could bring back a vital facility for the area.
"We think the community through the TCC has got a very good chance of running the Crook Inn as an efficient and well-run pub," he said.
"It has been run like that for the last few years and it is only very recently it has not been.
"Running it as a community company opens up all kinds of areas."
Among the proposals being considered are using the land for a sports facility and establishing healthy eating initiatives using local foods.
"Any profits that come from it will be used for charitable purposes," said Mr Mason.