for March 2019


The Bingham Trust: 2018 report

It is time again for the annual report of the Box Bingham Trust and a review of the Trustís activities for the year of 2018.

The Trust was established 40 years ago with money from the sale of land where the Bingham Hall stood before the Selwyn Hall was built; and in 2006 the Thelma Haines Sports Fund was established by Mr Norman Haines, MBE, in memory of his late wife. Both funds are invested and the income generated is used to make grants to organisations and individuals in the parish of Box. This includes the new areas of Rudloe following the recent boundary changes which brought them into Box Parish. There are no expenses and all of the income is available for distribution.

The current trustees are Carol Lonsdale, Janet Anderson-MacKenzie, Michael Curd, Christopher Cunningham and Penny Newboult. We meet twice a year and do all we can to publicise our meetings so that the entire parish is aware of our existence and that we welcome requests for grants. All requests are met with consideration.

In 2018 the total income was £7,708 and grants totalling £8,000 were approved to 14 organisations (this was a record number of grants in any one year for the Trust.) The bank balance decreased by £292 over the year.

Grants were distributed to the Green Room, Box Luncheon Club, Boxlea WI, The Jubilee Youth Centre, St Thomasí Holiday Club, 1st Neston and Box Scout Group, Box Allotment Group, various individual grants to young people for Sports Training, grants to two youngsters who were fundraising for trips to the World Scout Jamboree and the World Challenge expedition. Financial help was also given to three individuals in Box through Community Outreach Workers and Play Therapy and help with Nursery costs for two children.

The Trust funded a new water heater for the Methodist Church, as the church is the venue for many events which benefit the whole community and not just church members.

The front cover photo is of the grand opening of the new pistes at The Northey Arms Boules Club. The Bingham Trust gave a grant which was used for materials, the work being done voluntarily by club members. A visiting team from Guernsey attended the ceremony.

The Bingham Trust next meets on 24th June 2019 so please send in your requests before that date.

Penny Newboult  01225 742549