North Waltham Village Trust
North Waltham Village Trust was established in 1953 when local farmer, William Rathbone, bequeathed land to the villagers of North Waltham for recreational use and with a view to building a village hall.
Today the Trusts Management Committee consists of life members and a team of trustees comprised of village residents. All members except the Life Members retire at the end of the year but maybe re-elected or re-appointed.
The charity provides village facilities for recreational activities, space for society and club meetings, and occasional hire for private functions. North Waltham Village Trust works in collaboration with the Parish Council, and other village societies for the benefit of the community.
Providing recreational facilities and opportunities to enhance the well-being of those who live in and around North Waltham.
We strive to be on the front foot when it comes to our core purpose by keeping in touch with our beneficiaries, seeking their views and taking timely and effective action as appropriate.
As a charity, we must be responsible with the resources at our disposal and the decisions we are entrusted to make to ensure that they best serve our core purpose.
It is crucial that we are accountable for our decisions and act with solid morals by working honestly and openly with the interests of our beneficiaries at the forefront of our minds.
In a diverse population, it is essential that we ensure that everyone has the opportunity to influence the direction of our work and respect that others’ views may differ from our own. It is crucial that a sense of belonging to the community is fostered.
Our actions and decisions should be made whilst always keeping in mind that what we do will have an impact for many years and generations to come, and we should be doing everything possible to make the impact as positive as possible for the environment in which we live.
Cuckoo Meadow is maintained for sport and recreation, daily dog walkers, and has several picnic tables. A well-equipped children’s play area provides space for younger children, while various other recreational facilities are available for all ages. Rathbone Pavilion is used regularly by local clubs and societies and is home to ‘Ofsted Outstanding’ Cuckoo Meadow Pre-School. The ‘Big Lunch on the Meadow’ has taken place annually since 2012, proving to be a popular community event. Through engaging with the local community, the Trustees strive to identify potential opportunities for the development of facilities and events.
The Trust owns the car park for visitors to Cuckoo Meadow and the Rathbone Pavilion; it is also available to North Waltham Primary School by arrangement.
To respect the privacy of residents surrounding Cuckoo Meadow, the Trust does not permit the flying of drones on the recreational area.
2016 Community Survey
The Rathbone Pavilion (the Village Hall) and Cuckoo Meadow (the open green space, tennis court and children’s playground) are valuable and well-used village assets; however, we are aware that since the land was bequeathed to the village in the 1950s, much has changed. As part of the Village Trust committee’s considerations towards planning for the land and pavilion’s future, we put together this questionnaire to get the views of the village.
In the spring of 2016, the questionnaire was delivered to all houses in the village, with 232 responses being received. The survey results will help us apply for any grant funding that will be needed.
|2016 Final Survey Findings|
|Preliminary Survey Results|
|Village Trust Questionnaire|
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