On Tuesday 26 June the Bridport Area Development Trust hosted a meeting of the South West branch of the UK Association of Preservation Trusts (which has since been renamed Heritage Trust Network) in Bridport Town Hall.
The UKAPT (established 1989) acts as the representative body for Building Preservation Trusts in the UK. There are around 300 BPTs in the United Kingdom, and membership is open to charities whose principal objective is to preserve historic buildings. The Bridport Area Development Trust is a registered charity which includes as one of its principal objectives “the preservation of buildings or sites of historic or architectural importance “
“We have found the APT a very useful organisation and a source of considerable support and encouragement since joining in 2011. The meetings of the SW branch, which take place three times a year in different towns in the south West, provide a great opportunity to hear about the experiences and knowledge of organisations engaged in similar projects to our own. We welcomed the opportunity to act as hosts for the recent meeting.” (Charles Wild, Chair of BADT)
The meeting was chaired by Claire Donovan, from the Poltimore House Trust near Exeter, and received presentations from The APT’s UK Director, Dr James Moir, and from Liz Clare, who gave an informative update on recent reorganisation at English Heritage. Crystal Johnson gave an illustrated presentation about the restoration of Bridport Town Hall and the BADT’s own projects to restore the Literary and Scientific Institute, and a number of the delegates visited the two sites after the meeting. Both projects are featured on the UK APT website among conservation projects in the South West.
In his column in the Bridport and Lyme Regis News, Oliver Letwin, MP, Minsiter of State at the Cabinet Office, wrote in January 2012,
Hard times, as they say, are good times to be building a brighter future. And right here in West Dorset we have plenty of examples of just this sort of thing going on. Watching the activities of the Lyme Regis Development Trust over the last few years, I have become an enormous admirer of the whole idea of development trusts. It is very good news that a development trust has recently been established in Bridport. And it’s even better news that the Bridport Development Trust is now hard at work putting together a really serious plan for the revival of the Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute.
The Bridport Area Development Trust held its second Annual General Meeting at the offices of Bridport Town Council at Mountfield on 29 September 2011. The retiring Chairman, Tim Crabtree, delivered his report on the activities and progress of the Trust during year, including a financial statement. The members present elected the trustees for the coming year. At the first trustees’ meeting following the AGM, on 17 October 2011, Charles Wild was appointed to succeed Tim Crabtree as Chair of the Trustees.
Download Annual Report 2010-2011 (pdf).
On 30 September 2010 the Bridport Area Development Trust held its first Annual General Meeting at the offices of Bridport Town Council at Mountfield. The meeting was attended by a number of recently-joined member organisations, and trustees for the coming year were duly appointed. The Chairman, Tim Crabtree, and Treasurer, Vince O’Farrell, delivered reports on the activities and the financial position of the Trust.
Download Annual Report 2009-2010 (pdf).
The Bridport Area Development Trust’s application for Charity status was approved by the Charity Commission in July 2010, and the Trust was registered as Charity number 1137231. The Trust’s charitable objectives include:
- the advancement of education, training or retraining, particularly among unemployed people, and providing unemployed people with work experience:
- the creation of training and employment opportunities by the provision of workspace, buildings, and/or land for use on favourable terms:
- the provision of housing for those who are in conditions of need and the improvement of housing in the public sector or in charitable ownership provided that such power shall not extend to relieving any local authorities or other bodies of a statutory duty to provide or improve housing:
- the maintenance, improvement or provision of public amenities:
- the preservation of buildings or sites of historic or architectural importance:
- the provision of recreational facilities for the public at large or those who by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disablement, financial hardship or social and economic circumstances, have need of such facilities:
- the protection or conservation of the environment.
The Bridport Area Development Trust was Incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee on 31 March 2009. It was established as an initiative of the Bridport Local Area Partnership (BLAP), the community partnership for the Bridport Area set up in 2004 by Bridport Town Council and local parish councils with a view to strengthening the voice of the area community. Initial funding support of £1,000 towards set-up costs was received from the West Dorset Partnership. The aim of establishing the Development Trust was to provide a mechanism to help deliver some of the community projects and aspirations identified by BLAP (through consultation with the local community) in its Action Plans, and as a potential vehicle for community acquisition of land and property assets such as the Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute.
Download BLAP Action Plan 2012 (pdf).