Trust goes back to work for the village

The newly elected trustees: Irene Jackson, Eric Gassner, Pat Brown, Kevan Shiell, Lindsey Nicholson, Phil Nicholson and Doreen Curran. Judith Thurland was unable to be present.
The newly elected trustees: Irene Jackson, Eric Gassner, Pat Brown, Kevan Shiell, Lindsey Nicholson, Phil Nicholson and Doreen Curran. Judith Thurland was unable to be present.

A VILLAGE development trust, which was saved in a make-or-break meeting, was renamed last week as it looks to the future.

The eight newly-elected trustees of the Belford Development Trust had a very positive first meeting on Thursday, September 29, a week after saving it, and agreed to change the name of the charity to The Belford Community Trust.

They will rewrite the constitution to better describe the ‘involving of the community’ aspect of the new body and it will be submitted to the Charities Commission for approval.

The status of the Trust will become a limited company with a specially-tailored insurance package set up to cover its needs.

Philip Nicholson was elected as chairman, and he will also continue as treasurer until the end of the current financial year while Pat Brown was elected vice-chairman with the position of secretary to be confirmed.

At the meeting, trustees also agreed to move forward on several ideas raised at the extraordinary general meeting the previous week.

They will look to canvas opinion about purchasing the old Spar building to create a community shop, to include the popular charity shop and as a venue for fund-raising activities for local organisations, to look at the possibility of placing flower boxes along main thoroughfares, to consider how to develop closer links between the two village websites and to find out more about the Belford Hall garden.

The trustees also felt it most important to forge strong links with all other village organisations including the schools thereby giving them a sense of ownership in the Trust.

It is proposed to ask the children from St Mary’s C of E Middle school to design a logo for the new body. The Trust values the views of young people and hopes to develop a forum for the youth of the village to become involved in what the Trust does.