Stutton Community Association
Our new village charity

Stutton Community Association is now up and running. The two charities:- Stutton Community Council - Stutton Community Hall have come together under this new charity 

Why did we create this new charity?

Both our Charity governing documents were adopted in the 1960s – some 50 years ago – and are out of date and need to be revised to be more relevant to the times in which we live. In that time our way of life has changed dramatically, and we need to be more responsive to the changing needs and expectations of our community. 

Like most village organisations we struggle to attract new people to serve on our committees and having just one committee will help in that.  For the last couple of years both our charities have organised joint meetings where possible.  This has improved our combined knowledge and fostered partnership working. 

In looking to the future both our committees were of a like mind, and agreed to form a single Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) as the model for the way forward. A CIO gives us  greater powers to develop and provide new services and facilities including employing people (subject, of course, to the usual question of available funds) to better serve our community. We see this as a way forward to merge two equal parties, whilst ensuring that the key principles that underpin each of the charities will be continued under the umbrella CIO. 

The constitution of the old charities places an undue burden on the existing Trustees where they themselves are open to financial risk. Under this new charity model, that risk is limited to a maximum of £1. We hope this will encourage new people to step forward to become a Trustee or to join the working committee. 

We are not ground breakers. Other halls and Community Councils have worked together to establish these new CIOs over the past 4 or 5 years.  We have also taken advice from other organisations that have gone down this route together with Community Action Suffolk and ACRE. This approach also provides external safeguards, with the Charity Commission managing the process and ensuring that the charitable objectives are protected.

Collectively we believe that this approach is the best way forward for our community. 

Want to find out more?

As our charities serve Stutton residents, it is important that we make you aware of the new charity and tell you about our plans for the future. We are holding an Open Meeting at the Community Hall on Friday 29 October at 4.30pm to 6.30pm where you can find out more. Please drop in have a cuppa and a piece of cake.

If you have comments or questions ...

  • Come along to the open meeting

  • Speak to a Trustees Bill Hewlett, Nick Pavitt, Rosie Stuart-Thompson, Ian Flower, Roberta Garrad