The story of ACT began with the closure of the Anstice Working Men’s Club in February 2014; this produced a quick response from concerned local people, who saw the venue as a central part of Madeley life for almost 150 years. A small number of volunteers set up a ‘Save the Anstice’ Facebook group page – within two weeks it had more than 900 members.
They approached Madeley Town Council to seek support, and working with staff and Councillors formed the Anstice Community Team. The Town Council made clear its intention to work with the volunteers to secure the building for the community. From April 2014 volunteers began consultation on the streets of Madeley, outside The Anstice and at local events. By the late summer it was clear that many local people held a genuine passion to keep the building.
The Town Council lodged a bid to the Borough Council ‘Community Pride’ fund to buy the building, to retain it for the people of Madeley and hand it over to a suitable group in the future. In December 2014 good news arrived. The Council was granted £100,000 to purchase the building, including legal expenses and building surveys. The purchase was completed in April 2015.
Meanwhile the volunteers were busy raising awareness of the building, getting views on the future use, and looking at different models of organisation to adopt. Early in 2015 they agreed to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with Members, a new form of Charity being promoted by the Charity Commission.
On 13th July 2015 ‘The Anstice Community Trust’ (ACT) was registered with the Commission (Charity No: 1162626). The Current Trustees are; Lyndy Boden (Chair), June Campbell (Secretary), Karen Price (Treasurer), Ian Duffy, Terri Edwards, Gill Green, Rita Mannering, Julie Morgan, Paul Watling, Marilyn Webster and Chun Bagry. There will be an Annual General Meeting for all members before October 2017 at which all members can nominate or stand as a trustee.
The constitution of ACT can be found on this page, it is quite a long document but its ‘Objects’ or ‘what it will do’ can be found right at the front in summary; “…the maintenance and management of the Anstice memorial Hall for activities promoted by the Charity.” All funds raised by or donated to ACT must be used for this purpose, at the moment it is raising money to help get the building updated and fully accessible. Eventually it is planned that the ACT funds will be matched to bigger amounts from funders such as the Heritage Lottery. All ACT activity must be done “without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race or of political, religious or other opinions”. The rest of the constitution is there to ensure that ACT makes decisions and allows membership according to charity law and that every member gets information about the trust, its decisions and can take part in running it if they wish.
The minutes and accounts of ACT are public documents, available for inspection at the registered office or on-line at this web site. ACT posts the minutes of Board of Trustees meetings on this site.
The contact details for ACT are as follows: The Secretary, 24 High Street, Madeley, Telford, TF7 5AH.
Tel: (01952) 289556.
Minutes of Anstice Community Trust Board Meetings: