The hall’s management committee has agreed to start work to change how the hall is governed. What’s proposed is to change from an unincorporated charity to an incorporated charity. This post says what this means and gives links to more information.
The hall is a registered charity which means we get various tax benefits but also must work within our charitable objectives.When it was set up (in 1930) there was only one sort of charity (unincorporated) but now there are more. At present the 13 trustees of the hall have ultimately to accept personal liability for any losses the hall might make, and this has stopped a number of good people becoming trustees. By changing to incorporated status personal financial liability ceases and we think we will be better able to attract new trustees.
There are other benefits too, including an updated, modern constitution (eg allowing electronic meetings) and a better basis to apply for grants. In recent years the hall has grown considerably in the range and volume of activities it supports and it now has an income of about £40.000 a year. We expect this growth to continue so the time is right to make this change in legal status now to provide a sound base for the governance of the hall into the future. But users of the hall should not really notice any change.
Don Mildenhall. Trustee and Chairman of Management Committee