Plus ça change… If you look closely at the back page of the Newsletter, you might spot something a bit different—not just the Data Protection statement, but that the RWT’s charity number has changed and with it the type of Charity that we are: over the last few months, thanks to the hard work of Trustee Bob Wilson (with invaluable advice from Bill Wain of—among other organisations—the Woolmer Forest Heritage Society and the Deadwater Valley Trust) we are now a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (“CIO”).
Previously the legal entity comprised the individual trustees themselves (four of whom held our land on behalf of the Trust), but now it is the Trust itself, as a CIO, that is the entity, and all assets (especially the land—once it’s transferred) become the property of the Trust itself.
CIO is a relatively new charity status—previously the only alternative was a charitable company limited by guarantee, which worked for larger charities with a strong ‘trading’ activity (like the Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust): this involved onerous things like registering with Companies House, so clearly was not for the RWT!
Trustee David Lee resigned at our APM in November after many years’ hard work for the Trust (particularly in filling the hon. secretary rôle—still vacant!) and although a hard act to follow, Alistair Young has stepped forward to become a Trustee … he of the SandBox (see elsewhere in this Newsletter), our Webmaster and Data Protection guru.
We wait expectantly as the planning application for the land at Radford Bridge is scheduled—at last—to be lodged by the end of June!