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Proposed new charity for the village

Stutton Community Council - Stutton Community Hall

The Stutton Community Hall Committee and the Stutton Community Council are exploring the feasibility of coming together to form a single new charity to serve the village. 

Why are we proposing this? 

Both our Charity governing documents were adopted in the 1960s – some 50 years ago – and are out of date and need to be revised to be more relevant to the times in which we live. In that time our way of life has changed dramatically, and we need to be more responsive to the changing needs and expectations of our community. 

Like most village organisations we struggle to attract new people to serve on our committees and having just one committee will help in that.  For the last couple of years both our charities have organised joint meetings where possible.  This has improved our combined knowledge and fostered partnership working. 

In looking to the future both our committees are of a like mind, and as such are proposing to form a single Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) as the model for the way forward. A CIO will enable us to have greater powers to develop and provide new services and facilities including employing people (subject, of course, to the usual question of available funds) to better serve our community. We see this as a way forward to merge two equal parties, whilst ensuring that the key principles that underpin each of the charities will be continued under the umbrella CIO. 

The current constitution of our charities places an undue burden on the existing Trustees where they themselves are open to financial risk. Under this new charity model, that risk is limited to a maximum of £1. We hope this will encourage new people to step forward to become a Trustee or to join the working committee.

We are not ground breakers. Other halls and Community Councils have worked together to establish these new CIOs over the past 4 or 5 years.  We have also taken advice from other organisations that have gone down this route together with Community Action Suffolk and ACRE. This approach also provides external safeguards, with the Charity Commission managing the process and ensuring that the charitable objectives are protected.

Collectively we believe that this approach is the best way forward for our community. 

We want to know what you think 

As our charities serve Stutton residents, it is important that we make you aware of our plans and to seek your support in moving to this new way of working. The Community Council has members who pay a yearly membership and as such we need to make sure they have the opportunity to comment. We also urge users of the Hall to give us their views too.

We hope that by using this edition of Roundabout and placing this information on the Stutton.org website we will encourage you tell us what you think. 

If you have comments or questions ...

  • Email - newvillagecharity@hotmail.com

  • Put your comments in the consultation boxes in the Shop and Hall 

  • Write to Rosie Stuart-Thompson – 1 Wheelwrights Close, Holbrook Rd, Stutton, IP92SF

  • Speak to Bill Hewlett, Nick Pavitt, Rosie Stuart-Thompson