About Us

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 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.

We took on new duties during Covid to oversee a support group, which then re-formed to provide a broader service for a wider geographic area.

In July 2023, the organisation was re-named ‘Sherburn and Villages Community Trust’ to better reflect our work across a wider geographic area surrounding Sherburn in Elmet.


We connect people, community spaces and services to make Sherburn in Elmet and villages an inclusive and vibrant place to live.


The Old Girls’ School, Library and our community projects will be buzzing with activity offering something for everyone.


We will be the go-to organisation for local community initiatives offering a wide range of cultural, social, educational and health activities for everyone. 

Our achievements

Sherburn & Villages Community Library

The Trust took over the Sherburn in Elmet Library in April 2017 and now run it as Sherburn & Villages Community Library. During our first 5 year term we successfully operated the library with our friendly team of some 45 volunteers. We fully refurbished the space to make it a modern vibrant space for our whole community. We run many free children’s activities which are advertised on our Facebook page. We also sell locally made beautiful, crafted items from our display cabinet. We also provide an information hub for local services such as transport, health and council services. We have now been granted an agreement for a further 10 year period to March 2032. 

The Old Girls’ School Community Centre

The Trust took responsibility for the Old Girls’ School, which had been unused County Council Offices, in April 2017 and successfully applied for a National Lottery  Community Fund grant to convert the building into a Community Centre and to cover some operational costs for the first 3 years

Following substantial renovation work the Centre was opened in September 2018 and has been well received by the Community. The centre includes a tearoom, activity halls and meeting rooms where a wide variety of classes and activities are held including a Community Cinema. 

Sherburn Coronavirus Aid Group [now closed]

In March 2020 we  helped oversee the creation of Sherburn Coronavirus Aid Group (SCAG), a community initiative set up to help those residents of Sherburn in Elmet who needed assistance and support, resulting from self-isolation during the Coronavirus (COVID 19) crisis. The group was represented by from Selby District Council, Sherburn in Elmet Parish Council, Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust, Sherburn Visiting Scheme, Sherburn White Rose, Eversley Park Committee and Sherburn in Elmet – Isolation Help. This area is now covered by the Community Support Network.

Sherburn & Villages Community Support Network (CSN) [now closed]

Formed in late 2021 as Sherburn Coronavirus Aid Group wound down, Sherburn & Community Support Network was a partnership between Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust and Sherburn Visiting Scheme. It provided free information on how to access local services and support, and how to find local volunteering opportunities, operating through the library as the ‘public face’.

It became clear the separate identity was confusing between the Community Trust as the anchor organisation and the library as the ‘face’ of work, so we decided to retire the CSN brand and adapt the logo for the Community Trust. All the work will continue but with a simpler delivery model.

Our structure


The trustees (all unpaid volunteers) are:

  • Karen Packham (Chair)
  • Libby Sibson* (Secretary)
  • Julie Fewkes (Treasurer)
  • Kevin Sibson*
  • Hazel Elderkin
  • Jessica Farmer
  • Andrew (Andy) Robertson
  • Sue Phipps
  • Diane Dando

    * not related

Contact us

Find us on LinedIn and Facebook.

Email: info@siect.uk

Write to us: Sherburn and Villages Community Trust, Sherburn & Villages Community Library, Finkle Hill, Sherburn in Elmet, North Yorkshire, LS25 6EA

Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Charity Reg.No: 1166770. See our entry on the Charity Commission register.