Monday, 20 April 2015

Proposed new Articles of Association for the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust

At our AGM on Saturday 16th May, members will be asked to approve a new set of 'Articles of Association' for the Trust.

The articles set out what the Trust is trying to achieve as a charity (its objects), what its powers are, and how the trust will be run.

There are two key changes for members to consider:

  • the revised charitable objects.  These are much shorter than discussed at the AGM in 2014 and are the result of protracted negotiation with the Charity Commission which insisted on use of their standard phrasing and were particular about what could be regarded as an 'object'
  • adoption of the standard Charity Commission framework for the overall Articles of Association.  This document represents the Commission's assessment of current best practice and legislation.  Trustees recommend it as a better guiding document than the trust's existing and aged articles.
The important phrasing about charitable objects is presented below.  The overall draft articles can be accessed HERE.

Section 4 of the draft Articles of Association:
The charity’s objects (‘Objects’) are specifically restricted to the following:

(1)    The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust seeks to:

a) promote, facilitate, and assist in the conservation, protection and improvement of the Kennet and Avon Canal and its associated watercourses, towpaths, structures and buildings;

b) To advance the education of the public in general of the significance of the Kennet & Avon Canal and its associated structures

c) protect and conserve, objects, sites and buildings of archaeological, architectural, engineering or historic interest on, in the vicinity of, or otherwise associated with the Kennet & Avon Canal;

d) promote and facilitate recreational use of the Kennet and Avon Canal by a wide section of the community in order to improve conditions of life for the public;

(2)    In achieving these objects the Trust will encourage and develop:

(a)  good and environmentally sustainable upkeep of the canal and its associated watercourses and footpaths by the Canal and River Trust and by other bodies with statutory responsibility so to do.

(b)  visits to the areas served by the Kennet and Avon Canal by a wide section of the general public.

(c)  improvement and upkeep of visitor  and boater amenities along the canal. 

(d)  research and publications relating to the history of the Kennet and Avon Canal; public exhibition of historic artefacts relating to the canal; upkeep of accurate archives relating to the Kennet and Avon Canal. 

(e)  preservation and operation of historic buildings and structures along the canal together with provision of associated facilities and publications to assist public understanding of their significance. 

(f)   education projects to assist public understanding of the significance of the
Kennet and Avon Canal and its associated structures by children and adults. 

(3)    The above activities may involve work undertaken directly by the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, work undertaken by the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust in partnership with other organisations or work undertaken wholly by third parties with the support of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust.

(4)    The Trust may incur expenditure in carrying out the objectives outlined above and may offer financial assistance to approved projects of properly constituted organisations undertaking projects which meet these aims.

(5)    The navigable waterways now commonly referred to as the Kennet and Avon Canal comprise:

       The River Avon Navigation between Hanham Lock in Bristol and Poultney weir in Bath. 
       The Kennet and Avon Canal between Bath and Newbury
       The River Kennet Navigation between Newbury and Crane Wharf,
       The River Kennet between Crane Wharf, Reading and the junction of the
Kennet with the Thames

These navigable waterways are supplemented by sections of the Rivers Avon and Kennet which are either non-navigable or capable of only limited navigation and by a variety of smaller rivers, streams and related watercourses which contribute to the water flow of the navigable sections. 
(6)    All of the above, together with their associated towpaths, footpaths and buildings, are regarded as integral to the environmental amenity and public appreciation of the areas through which the Kennet and Avon Canal passes and hence within scope of the work of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Trust Council minutes for March 2015

Image result for queen opens kennet avonTrust Council met on Tuesday 10th March 2015.  It noted that 2015 marked 25 years since the reopening of the canal by HM the Queen.  It agreed to invite the Canal & River Trust to partner the Trust in organising an event at Caen Hill in August to celebrate 25 years of the Kennet & Avon.

Trustees also reviewed work at Crofton: to recruit a new site manager; to find a new catering partner; to reopen for steaming at Easter using an entirely volunteer workforce; and plans for refurbishment, restoration and fund raising.

The minutes of the meeting are available HERE

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Trust Council Minutes for February 2015

Trust Council met on Tuesday 10th February 2015.   Trustees noted than 2015 marks 25 years since HM The Queen reopened the canal in August 1990.  Ideas for an event marking the anniversary were discussed and the Council agreed that the Trust should renew its event display material.

Trust Council also agreed to co-opt Will Job as a trustee with a view to him becoming Chairman of Enterprise in due course.  Will is new to the Trust and has a background in business and has been a driving force with Rotary in Newbury.

The minutes of the meeting are available HERE

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Trust Council met on 13th January.  The meeting reviewed spending, cash flow and budget commitments for 2015.  Treasurer Tony Nares advised that the Trust was unlikely to need to use its overdraft facility this winter.

The Charity Commission had rejected the revised charitable objects agreed at the AGM last May.  Trust Council approved a redraft that captured the same principles but expressed them within the rather restrictive terms required by the Charity Commission.  These have now been resubmitted to the Commission ahead of placing the draft before members at the next AGM in May this year.

Minutes of the meeting are available HERE

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Trust Council minutes for December 2014

There being limited business to discuss, Trust Council convened by email in early December 2014.  A note covering the issues reported and comments made is available HERE.

Trust Council Minutes for November 2014

Trust Council met on 4th November 214.  The minutes of the meeting are available HERE

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Trust Council Minutes for October 2014

The Trust Council met on 7th October 2014.  Trustees reviewed and approved  a draft of the new look Butty produced by the editorial team of Jane & David Inight.

Crofton Chairman Peter Turvey reported on the response of the Heritage Lottery Fund to the pre-application the project team had submitted.  It was becoming clear that we would need a more diverse fund raising strategy to realise the Trust's ambitions for Crofton.  There was certainly scope for an HLF bid but it would not cover the entire project.

The minutes of the meeting are available HERE