Sixth AGM - Chairman's Report

East Suffolk

Building Preservation Trust


Chairman’s Report – April 2017


  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 The Barn, 2 Gunton Church Lane, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 4LE. 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, Ezra Leverett, Richard Perkins, John Putman and Edwin Taylor.

  5. The Company is governed by its six Directors/Trustees. They met on four 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 Heritage Trust Network 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 support to restore the windpump at the Natural England reserve on the Westwood marshes nature reserve at Walberswick. Project progress was suspended due to marketing of the Blois Estate for sale and its eventual withdrawal from sale;
    2. The Trust has taken a monitoring role in respect of proposals at Wingfield House in Saxmundham, where a change in ownership has produced a consented scheme for full restoration as a single dwelling. Other buildings at risk on which the Trust has been regularly updated include The George Inn (Wickham Market); Transmitter Block (Bawdsey): Trimley Station (Trimley St Mary); 33 Blyburgate (Beccles); and Gisleham Brickworks;
    3. The Chairman met with the Bawdsey Manor Estate regarding the tin chapel, without progress. The Estate was marketed for sale following the collapse of the international school; and has now been sold on by Receivers;
    4. The Trust has updated its website in terms of content and management; and renewed its instructions with Aaron Burrell to host and manage the website;
    5. The Chairman represented the Trust at SCDC’s annual Conservation Forum;
    6. The Trust actively supported WDC’s bid for a Heritage Action Zone for Lowestoft through site visits and meetings; and will endeavour to do so in 2017;
    7. The Secretary attended a meeting of the APT Eastern region; and the Wish You Were Here conference on behalf of the Trust; and
    8. The Trust welcomed the outstanding success of the Felixstowe Heritage Open Days in September 2016; and looks forward to a similar success in Halesworth and Woodbridge in 2017.

  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


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