The charity was set up to manage the Barlow estate and in so doing provide facilities to improve the condition of life of the local community. The charity has specific goals; to provide a social centre and recreational facilities for all.
Our mission is to manage our community’s inheritance to provide attractive facilities across a diverse range of activities that are both welcoming and accessible to all. To focus on the future sustainability of this unique and historic estate for social, cultural, educational, sporting and recreational purposes.
Our vision is to build upon our unique legacy and create a thriving destination providing educational, recreational, and social wellbeing for the local and wider community based on our historical values and quality of life.
The Trustees consists of an elected body of volunteers who are in place to manage the running of the Charity. The board has many responsibilities from daily governance, charity finances through to managing the strategic direction of the Charity Estate gifted to the village of Edgworth.
The Board is made up of individuals that bring specific skills to the Charity. Trustees are elected annually at our AGM by the community and include representatives from North Turton Parish Council, our custodian Trustees.
Current Trustees are:
Christine Waring, Chair
Stephen Danks, Vice-chair and North Turton Parish Council Representative
Colin Rigby, Treasurer
Secretary to the Board of Trustees – Sally Houghton
Draft Minutes of the AGM held on 1st August 2018
Board of Trustees – Minutes of Meetings
Friends of The Barlow
Blackburn with Darwen Council handed over the running and upkeep of The Barlow to the community in 2013. The Barlow Charity is supported by its volunteers who run a regular programme of activities and events which contribute to funding. These include the Saturday morning community cafe, the Reading Room coffee shop, the regular weekly groups and the special events.
An important source of funding is The Friends of the Barlow scheme. By becoming a Friend you can contribute to a fund to repair and renovate the structural fabric of the building. In the longer term, money will be used to upgrade, refresh and improve facilities.
You can support the Friends of the Barlow by making a regular monthly donation of any amount. A suggested figure would be £5 per month which can be increased to £6.25 with Gift Aid.
It is our intention to communicate regularly with “Friends” to ensure that they feel fully involved in preserving The Barlow for future generations. If you wish to contribute please complete the form(s) below and either email to firstname.lastname@example.org or return to the office in a sealed envelope addressed to Friends of The Barlow and marked FAO: Linda Spencer. For further information please contact Linda Spencer or Martin Smith by email at email@example.com
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