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The Craven Trust – a new phase in my life

Jenny PhotoIn autumn 2013 it was suggested that I may be interested in becoming involved with the Craven Trust. In hindsight I am ashamed to admit that this was the first I had heard of the Craven Trust despite being ‘born and bred’ in the Craven District, therefore I did what most people do now – I googled it! A meeting was arranged with the Chairperson who updated me further and I was immediately impressed by the apparent genuine interest of the Trustees and their ‘hands on’ approach to vetting applications. I was very pleased to be accepted as a Trustee.

I considered I had reasonable knowledge of the geographical area covered by the Trust however I had no idea of the scale of charitable works and community projects for all ages and ethnicity currently being undertaken in the area and of the sheer volume of volunteers these projects need. Needless to say I was impressed but I also realised that without the volunteers and access to charitable funding like the Craven Trust it is fairly certain some of these community and individual life enhancing projects would fold.

I have just about completed my first year so I am still on the learning curve and thoroughly enjoying my role as a Trustee. I am finding it to be rewarding and humbling in equal measure. I look forward to being involved with the Craven Trust for many years either on the Board or as a Friend because it truly is a charitable Trust which does what it says on the tin! – Local giving for local needs.

Jenny Thistlethwaite (Trustee)

Grants Awarded October 2014

The Craven and Beamsley Trusts are pleased to announce that they have awarded grants for the following groups in the funding round for October 2014:

The Craven Trust

Group Project
Haw-Earth Materials to make site accessible
Hand on Heart Defibrillator packages for schools
Hainworth Wood Community Centre IT equipment
Clapham Community Shop Equipment for community shop
Soaring Eagle Karate Matts
Skipton Town Juniors FC Football courses
Yorkshire Air Ambulance Medical shears
St. John’s Methodist Church Hall Hall refurbishment

The Beamsley Trust

Group Project
Buddies Family Holiday for children with disabilities
Craft Tea Corner Workshop resources

Craven Trust Application Deadlines 2015

Deadline Trustee Meeting
Friday 20th March 2015 Tuesday 28th April 2015
Friday 5th June 2015 Tuesday 7th July 2015
Friday 18th September 2015 Tuesday 20th October 2015
Friday 11th December 2015 Thursday 11th February 2016

Grants Awarded July 2014

The Craven and Beamsley Trusts are pleased to announce that they have awarded grants for the following groups in the funding round for July 2014:

The Craven Trust

Group Project
Community Sports Partners Sports sessions for parents and children
Fallfest WWI exhibition
Ingleton Swimming Pool Splash zone
Buckden Singers Music books
Dunsop Bridge Village Hall Insulation for village hall
Keighley Healthy Living Gardening project
Greatwood and Horseclose Residents Association Brush cutter and safety equipment

The Beamsley Trust

Group Project
Friends of Cravenside Trips out for residents
Contact the Elderly Promotional drive for Bentham group
Vitalise Holiday for 4 people with disabilities
Project 6 25 year anniversary book of inspirational memories
Ataxia Self Help Group Promotional materials for the group

Craven Trust Application Deadlines: 2014

Application deadline date The Craven Trust Trustee meeting
Fri 13th December 2013 Thurs 6th February 2014
Fri 21st March 2014 Tue 22nd April 2014
Fri 20th June 2014 Tue 17th July 2014
Fri 19th September 2014 Tue 23rd October 2014
Fri 12th December 2014 Tue 10th February 2015

Life without the Craven Trust

Jeremy Mackrell

In April I retired after 16 years as a Trustee of the Craven Trust. One of the things I enjoyed most as a Trustee was visiting and talking to enthusiastic people who care for and wish to improve their communities or organisations, and seek financial assistance from the Trust to enable their projects to go ahead.

Such projects cover a great variety of purposes, as can be seen in this Report from the list of grants which have been awarded over the last year. A Trustee visits and discusses the project with the people behind each application. The Trustee reports back to a meeting of all the Trustees who then decide which projects to support, and how the available grant monies should be allocated between the projects.

I also enjoyed the enthusiasm, professionalism and good humour of my fellow Trustees and those who have helped in the administration of the Trust over the years. I will remain in touch with the Trust as a Friend and by recommending communities and their organisations to apply for grants where appropriate. I wish the Craven Trust every success in the future, and hope that it will continue to attract donations from those who wish to support the wellbeing of the people and communities of this special part of Yorkshire.

Jeremy Mackrell MBE

Peter Marshall OBE: 1933- 2012

Peter died suddenly in June 2012 aged 78 years. Peter was one of the founder members of The Craven Trust, which was set up in 1994.

He was born in Leeds and early in the Second World War the family moved to Deerstones near Bolton Abbey. He was educated at Ghyll Royd in Ilkley and Oundle School, he then gained a degree in history from Clare College, Cambridge.

He joined the family business, Wilkinson and Warburton, and worked there until the firm closed in the 1980s. He then decided to devote his time and enormous energy to charitable works, running the Sir George Martin Trust, which had been set up by a member of his family. He set up The UK Charitable Trusts Initiative and in 1989 started his own charitable trust. He was involved with many other charitable organisations mainly in Yorkshire, being a trustee of many of these.

He was one of the prime movers behind the establishment of The Craven Trust in 1994 and remained a trustee until his death. When the foot and mouth epidemic hit Craven in 2001, Peter immediately organised a team to set up The Dales Recovery Appeal, donating his office free of charge and spending a great amount of time and energy organising our fundraising. Because of his contacts, drive and knowledge we were able to raise £1.5 million. This was distributed to groups and individuals who had suffered from this terrible disaster.

Peter had enormous energy and had a diverse range of interests, all of which benefited from his involvement. He was interested in sailing, agriculture, arboriculture, horticulture, education, historic buildings, music, theatre, young people and many other community projects.

He was a very special character: charming, thoughtful, entertaining but a true eccentric with enormous energy, who would not have coped well with infirmity and old age. We will all miss him and I am sure Pamela, Kate, William and the three grandchildren will have a large void to fill.

– Dr. Brian Fisher; Trustee