THE news that Alnwick Community Development Trust has gone into administration has come as a massive shock.
It has been instrumental in supporting projects and initiatives and bringing in fresh ideas such as the Hotspur Festival and Swansfield Park.
When funding streams dried up, the executive looked to the youth hostel and flats at Clive Gardens to help raise its core funding.
But an overspend and lack of grants means that the Trust has had to pay the ultimate price.
The loss of the Trust leaves a considerable void in the town, as it established a vital link between local government, business and the voluntary sector.
If a new organisation which can access similar funds is set up, hopefully that will follow in its footsteps.
Until then, however, the gap will have to be filled by our cash-strapped county council and under-resourced town council.
The Trust leaves a considerable legacy behind, the result of 11 years of hard work. And as a town and a community, we need to make sure that we do as much as we possibly can to keep Alnwick going in the interim.
There is a human cost, however, in the loss of jobs, while creditors will be anxiously waiting for the administrator to sort out the finances.
This will also be a significant reminder to other community trusts across north Northumberland that there are risks in providing such a valuable service.