Chairman's Report 2018

East Suffolk Building Preservation Trust

Chairman’s Report – June 2018


  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 six 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. Discussions are currently underway with the owners regarding the terms of a potential lease on the building and the nature of the project to restore the building;

    2. The Trust has been in direct discussions with the new owners of the Bawdsey Manor Estate regarding the future of the tin chapel. Discussions have also been held with the local parish council and with SCDC to provide a shape to the project to restore the building. Progress to date has been positive;

    3. The Trust has updated its website in terms of content and management;

    4. The Chairman usually represents the Trust at SCDC’s annual Conservation Forum but the one for 2018 has not yet taken place;

    5. The Trust became a signatory to the Heritage Action Zone for North Lowestoft as one of its partners;

    6. The Trust agreed to join with the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust in the implementation of the Great Places Project;

    7. The Trust has initiated contact with the GYPT in the interests of mutual benefit to the two Trusts;

    8. The Trust complied with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulations by the due deadline of May 25th;

    9. Argus Hardy, Volunteer, was co-opted as a Trustee in April;

    10. The Trust has actively sought out suggested beneficial new uses and users for the redundant brickworks at Gisleham; and

    11. The Trust welcomed the success of the Heritage Open Days in Halesworth September 2017; and looks forward to a similar success in Felixstowe, Woodbridge and Framlingham in 2018.

  11. It is anticipated that the activities of the Trust in the next twelve months will be devoted to securing its first building project; partnering the North Lowestoft Heritage Action Zone; partnering the Great Places 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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