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
Board of Trustees – Minutes of Meetings
Introduction to report from Limited Liability Steering Group
At the AGM held in August 2018, a resolution was passed to set up a working group to consider the feasibility of a limited liability structure for the Barlow, be it a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) as proposed by the previous Trustees or other legal entity likewise affording limited liability like a Community Interest Company (CIC).
The working group was duly established and gave detailed consideration to various options over a period of some ten weeks. The working group reported to the Trustees on 31st October 2018 and made a subsequent presentation to the Trustees on 29th November 2018. You will see their recommendations in the published report which can be downloaded below.
The report provided the Trustees with a good basis to take soundings from relevant professionals about the practicality, cost and timescale if the Trustees were to implement any of the recommendations and, if so, in what form.
Those initial soundings gave the Trustees grounds for doubt and uncertainty about the feasibility of the recommendations and which precise structure we should adopt in the best interests of the Barlow.
Over the past few months therefore, the Trustees have sought advice from our accountant to clarify and confirm the options open to the Barlow Charity as to which would be the most appropriate limited liability status vehicle.
The preliminary advice we have received is that a CIC is probably not an appropriate vehicle. This appears to be at odds with what the Steering Group report recommends and is one of the reasons we are seeking further advice before making a final decision. This is an ongoing process and we do not envisage being able to proceed to a full public consultation until we are confident that have received legal and financial advice/confirmation of the options available and, more significantly, which option is the best for the Barlow.
In terms of the report’s recommendations regarding the constitution, the Trustees do not feel that we should make any changes to the constitution at this stage in light of the above reservations and the further advice we feel are duty bound to seek. We are currently asking our legal adviser to examine the present constitution and we expect him to report back to us sometime in June.
The Trustees wish to record a vote of thanks for the hard work put in by the Steering group in producing their Report in a timely manner.
The Barlow Trustees
23rd April 2019
To read the report click below:
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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