In April 2016, a group of local residents created the Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust (SIECT) in order to bring together management groups for the Community Library & Information Hub and the Old Girls’ School. Working together, the charitable trust (Registered Charity No. 1166770) could combine valuable resources and knowledge to allow both community buildings to develop and thrive.
To further or benefit the residents of Sherburn in Elmet and the neighbourhood, without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race or of political, religious or other opinions, by associating together the said residents and the local authorities, voluntary and other organisations in a common effort to advance education and provide facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation and leisure time occupation with the objective of improving the conditions of life for the residents.
Our principal objective is to facilitate the achievement of the goals established by the three subsidiary groups: library; Old Girls’ School; Community Development Manager. In order to further these objectives each of the elements will be managed by subsidiary management groups and will be kept financially independent.
The Trust took over the Sherburn in Elmet Library in April 2017 and now run it with the aid of some 60 volunteers as Sherburn & Villages Community Library. The first 18 months have run successfully with no major problems and visitor numbers and books issues continuing at an acceptable level.
Old Girls’ School
The Trust took responsibility for the Old Girls’ School, which had been unused County Council Offices, in April 2017 and successfully applied for Grant funding to convert the building into a Community Centre. Following substantial renovation work the Centre was opened in September 2018 and has been well received by the Community. During its first 6 months of operation the Centre has either met or exceeded its budget requirements as set out in its Business Plan. Grant funding includes for operational support during the first 3 years.
Community Development Manager
The Community Development manager is in place and the Community Publications are being produced by the Trust from April 2019. The costs of employing the CDM and of producing the publications are expected to be fully covered by grant funding from Sherburn Parish Council.
The trustees are:
- Paul Doherty (Chair)
- Karen Packham (Treasurer)
- Andrew Potts (Secretary)
- Andrew Robertson
- Alma Hodgson
- Gary Limbert
- Kevin Sibson
- Les Wake
Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust (SIECT), Sherburn & Villages Community Library, Finkle Hill, Sherburn in Elmet, North Yorkshire, LS25 6EA
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Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Charity Reg.No: 1166770