Our Councillors as individuals are not trustees but they have a responsibility to ensure that the Parish Council manages the charities in accordance with the rules of the Charity Commission and charity law.
The Charity Commission advises: ‘The charity needs to be independent of the local authority in the sense that decisions about the administration and operation of the charity need to be taken solely in the interests of the charity, with a view to furthering its charitable purposes, and for no other purpose.
The Charity was set up by a trust deed in 1892, when James Henry Sadler made a gift of land and buildings comprising the workmen’s institute. In 1896 the Purton Parish Council became the sole Trustee with the objectives being:
The general object of promoting the moral, social and intellectual welfare and the rational recreation of the inhabitants of and visitors to the Parish of Purton and their friends in such manner as the trustees for the time being should from time to time direct or sanction; and secondly to be used (subject to the control and direction of the trustees for the time being) by all political parties, religious denominations and others for the purpose of religious, social, political or other meetings which properly could be held in a place of the kind, but so that the premises should not be used for the discussion or promotion of subjects which might be demoralising or revolting to the sense of the community, nor in such manner or to such extent as to interfere with the general use thereof for the object first therein before indicated
Today the Institute Building is leased by Wiltshire Library and Purton Historical Society whose museum is on the top floor. Purton Parish Council’s Office are located in the caretakers old residence. The Village Hall was added in the 1960’s and is used for Parish Council meetings and hired to local groups and individuals for social activities.
Purton Institute and Village Hall Charity Reg No: 203202
The charity was originally set up in 1946 with the Parish Council as the sole trustee, its objectives are:
To provide or assist in the provision for the inhabitants of the Parish of Purton and the neighbourhood thereof (the area of benefit) facilities for recreation and other leisure-time occupation in the interests of social welfare with the object of improving the conditions of life for the said inhabitants.
The Charity land supports a variety of recreation including a playground, skatepark and large open grassed area. The Parish Council pays for the maintenance and upkeep of the play equipment.
Various clubs are licenced to enjoy the facilities, these include: Purton Tennis, Purton Bowls and Purton Football. The Red House building was deemed surplus to requirements in 1995.
Purton Red House is now under a trading arm managed by the Charity.
Purton War Memorial and Village Centre Charity Reg No: 305562
PURTON RED HOUSE
Apologies it has been a while and we'd hoped that by now we'd have had a date (our aim was always Mid June) but we have had a few challenges to overcome. Our stance was we'd open when 'legal and able' and there have been delays on varying fronts. The key issue is that we are still awaiting a date for a grant of premises license from the License Authority and until we have this, or even a date for this, we are in a state of limbo. On a positive note, the final survey has been received this week (asbestos) and there are some small remedial works required as well as cellar works by the brewery to bring everything up to scratch, this is scheduled for the next few weeks.
James has settled in well and has been working on setting up policies, processes and procedures, cleaning and refurbishing. He's been aided by hours volunteered by council staff and councillors alike. His next task is to pick up with the relevant clubs when we have that opening date - as well as order some beer! We will share prior to opening the results of the EPC and various other surveys. The necessary works have been attended to and a program is being put in place for the future.
To answer a few questions that have been asked of myself and other members of the council; Skittles and darts teams welcome? - yes, all welcome back for the forthcoming season and feel free to message James your contact details and he will pick up with you to arrange.
Is it free for the darts/skittles teams to use the oche and the alley? - yes it is.
Will there be a 'red fest' style event - time may be against us for this year, we will need to see what things look like when open.
Can we bring in dogs? - of course, dogs are welcome with careful owners.
Why is there CCTV? - CCTV is very much the norm now in shops and licensed premises, it is there for everyone's protection and safety.
Will there be bands? - there will be bands and we will work with the other places in the village to ensure events do not clash.
Will there still be a Juke box? - yes, there will be a jukebox with hopefully some albums from 2021!
Will there be Sky Sports - yes, sky sports will be in place and we have installed additional screens and even some larger screens.
Will there be an event Christmas eve? - Christmas plans are being discussed currently so yes and more details to follow.
Will there be new staff - we are in constant contact with the team and I'm told they are raring to get back behind the bar, however we will need more staff and some new faces.
Fruit machines / gaming machines - no, we took the decision that as a facility aiming for a more family orientated feel and the costs of licenses, these were not required.
Will we still sell guest ales? - totally and James is rather passionate about working towards and attaining the cask marque accreditation.
Quiz night - subject to the availability of the resident quizmasters(s) , yes.
Can we have wakes - yes, as always, the facility is available for this use at no charge, subject to notice & availability and full use of the bar facility.
Can we hire the function room – yes, there will be a pricing structure made available when we are ready (all subject to notice and availability of staffing)
As soon as we have more information regarding dates we will update, this should be towards the end of the month.
Please see below the Dilapidation, EPC and Asbestos reports carried out at the Purton Red House.
Purton Red House Dilapidations Report March 2021.
Purton Red House and Accommodation EPC report.
Purton Red House Asbestos Survey Report.
Click Here to view Purton Red House Facebook page.
Originally set up in 1641 gifted by a local land owner with the Parish Council as the sole trustee. Objectives of this charity:
For use as a place of exercise and recreation for the common good and benefit of the young, youthful and other inhabitants of the parish.
The Parish Council provide and maintain a playground on the land and grassed area.
Purton Play Close Charity Reg No: 203201