Chairman's Report 2015

Chairman’s Report – June 2015


  1. The East Suffolk Building Preservation Trust Ltd is a private limited company. It was incorporated on 8th December 2010. Company number 07464335

  2. The Trust became a Registered Charity on 10th May 2011, number 1141809

  3. The Trust’s registered address is 9 Station Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4AU. This is also the address for all correspondence to the Trust.

  4. The Directors of the Company, who are also Trustees of the charitable organisation, are Paul Bradley, Andrew Derrick, Geoff Holdcroft, Ezra Leverett, Richard Perkins, Edwin Taylor and Barry Vince. Jenni Livingstone resigned as a Trustee during the past year.

  5. The Company is governed by its seven Directors/Trustees. They met on three occasions in the past year. In addition the Trust continues to be supported by two technical advisers provided by Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils.

  6. In addition to the Trustees the Company benefits from the support and active input of a number of volunteers.

  7. The company runs a website at

  8. The Company is a member of the Association of Preservation Trusts and sends a representative to its meetings in East Anglia.

  9. The Company is yet to adopt governance documents in relation to Health and Safety Policy.

  10. In the past twelve months the following activities have taken place:

    1. The Trust has continued to provide active and moral support to the Natural England project to restore the windpump at its reserve on the Walberswick nature reserve; and to that end Trustees (including myself) and volunteers visited the site with Natural England and the Halesworth and Blyth Valley Partnership on 3rd September 2015.
    2. The Trust continued to seek contact with the Estate of the late Mr Levett-Scrivener regarding Bridge Cottages, Peasenhall, but understands from Suffolk Coastal District Council that Executors are looking at their own restoration scheme, which is welcome.
    3. The Trust welcomed the co-option of Edwin Taylor as a Trustee and his temporary adoption of the role of Treasurer to theTrust.
    4. The Trust has taken a monitoring role in respect of Wingfield House in Saxmundham with further developments pending.
    5. I attended a meeting on 16th January 2015 with the Bawdsey Quay working group to consider the prospects for the Trust to help with the re-siting and restoration of the Tin Tabernacle on the Bawdsey Manor Estate; further developments are pending.
    6. The Trust has updated its website in terms of content and management
    7. The Trust has written to Beccles Town Council to express its support for a project to restore the at-risk painted Gazebo at Wainford House.
    8. I met with representatives of the Adeane Bawdsey Settlement alongside fellow Trustees to discuss prospects for assisting with the at-risk structures at Elm Row, Ramsholt. It was clear from the meeting that the Trust’s involvement was secondary to a proposed solution arising from a forthcoming enabling development project in the area.

  11. It is anticipated that the activities of the Trust in the next twelve months will be devoted to securing its first building project; actively managing and promoting its website; improving governance; and providing active and moral support to other projects.

 This report was received and approved by the Annual General Meeting

Chairman                                                                              3rd June 2015


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