Alrewas and Fradley Charities

Alrewas and Fradley Charities Annual Report

TRUSTEES ANNUAL REPORT

For the year ended 31st December 2023

In 2023, Trustees met on four occasions, and continued to promote the work of the Charity.

Our overall income for the year to 31/12/2023 from donations and fundraising activities, was @ £7000 which included £1000 from our Monthly Magic Numbers Lottery.

We are incredibly grateful to the community we serve and to the many local businesses, for their support as well as for the many donations we receive by standing order, in our collecting boxes, by membership of our Lottery, and from a Legacy.

We held 3 fundraising evenings – Indian Banquet evenings in both Fradley and Alrewas and a Music in the Marquee evening in Alrewas which together raised @ £2700.

A substantial part of our income was from sales of jams and plants by our Trustees and supporters, supplemented by sales of plastic bags at Leavesley’s garage to whom we are extremely grateful.

We are also grateful to Alrewas Cricket Club, who kindly donated all entrance fees from the Orme Cup during the year, and monies raised from a raffle held at the final.

During the year, we gave grants amounting to just over £9000 to a number of applicants including:

  • 4 residents of Bromford Housing to purchase floor coverings and white goods
  • All Saints School, Alrewas towards an outdoor kitchen and learning facility
  • A student from Ukraine towards Music lessons.
  • Updating and maintaining Defibrillators situated around our villages
  • The British Legion towards extra storage facilities
  • Fountains School in Burton on Trent for equipment.
  • A tennis coach for a course to teach children with learning and behavioural difficulties.

The Charity owns a Field, The Busall Field, donated to the Village in the 19th Century situated in Orgreave. Although the field is land-locked, it may yield valuable Mineral rights in the future if the area is quarried.

2022 saw the publication of Hector Christie and Graeme Taylor’s second book of local walks, Make More Tracks (in partnership with the Charity), which includes a walk passing the Busall Field. In 2023 we printed a re-run of 250 copies of each book which are available to purchase at The Bank Coffee House in Alrewas

The Charity also owns 3 wheelchairs, all kindly donated, and which are available for short term loan at the following locations: Alrewas Church, The Bank Coffee House Alrewas, and Fradley Church.

Our focus for the future is to continue to promote the work of the Charity, to raise further funds by encouraging donations and to support more individuals and groups needing financial help in our Villages. We would welcome any ideas to help us achieve these aims.

We are grateful to all our supporters for attending events, donating prizes and funds, to our treasurer Mr Duncan Rippon, our Secretary, Mrs Jane Reilly, Mrs Chris Evans, our Magic Numbers Lottery administrator and to all of our trustees for their unfailing hard work, ideas and advice on behalf of the Charity.

Sadly, this year has seen the resignation of 2 Trustees, Kathryn Powell and Rebecca Walker and we thank them for their huge contributions to the Charity. We are delighted to welcome our new Trustee and Treasurer, Duncan Rippon and our new Trustees Jodie Thompson from Fradley and Paula Stanley from Alrewas

Trustees:

  • Dr Robert Horton - Chairman
  • The Rev John Allan - Deputy Chairman
  • Mrs Jane Reilly - Secretary*
  • Mr Duncan Rippon – Treasurer
  • Mr Tim Aston
  • Mrs Paula Dumolo
  • Mrs Christine Evans
  • Mrs Paula Stanley
  • Mrs Jo Spence
  • Mrs Jodie Thompson
  • Mrs Wendy Walker

(* Mrs Jane Reilly was nominated following consultation with Alrewas Parish Council)

NB: At an ordinary meeting held on 21st November 2013 the trustees reviewed the past performance of the Charity and determined they wished to make a more positive contribution to improving the welfare and quality of life of those people resident in its area of benefit.

In order to be more effective the trustees agreed they needed to update and expand the Charity's objects to make them more relevant to people's needs in the 21st century. The trustees also agreed they needed to attract more energetic and enthusiastic trustees to promote the work of the Charity within the area of benefit and to explore additional sources of income.

The trustees acknowledged that the Charity's governing document, sealed nearly 80 years ago, was archaic and not helpful in attracting potential trustees and beneficiaries. It was devised long before the advent of the National Health Service and the Welfare State, contained complex and ancient descriptions of the area of benefit, made reference to legislation long out of date and was written in language difficult to comprehend by today's generation. It was agreed that a thorough revision and modernisation of the governing document was an essential first step in raising the Charity's profile.

In drafting the new governing document the trustees have endeavoured to retain much of the spirit and intent of the Charity's original benefactors. The Charity's area of benefit has been retained in essence, though consolidated and redefined in terms of current geography. The nominating bodies have been amended to reflect shifts in local demographics. The original scheme determined that all trustees were nominated by Alrewas Parish Council but this has now been amended to recognise the relative growth of Fradley and the recent split of the parish councils of Alrewas and Fradley & Streethay.

The trustees have also chosen to change the process of appointing trustees. The trustees consider it is no longer relevant to expect the nominating bodies to perform this function and that the body of trustees should properly assume this responsibility. The trustees have however chosen to retain some input from the nominating bodies as they consider it would enhance the legitimacy of the Charity by ensuring the conduct of its business is transparent and open to public scrutiny.

The trustees have broadened the Charity's objects by including a clause permitting the promotion of any charitable purpose of benefit to the residents in the area of benefit. The new Constitution came into effect in 2015.

Public Benefit

In exercising their powers and duties the Trustees have at all times complied with their duty to have due regard to the guidance on public benefit published by the Charity Commission.

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