We are delighted to announce that the Band has now gained Charity Status and has been entered onto the Charity Commission’s Register of Charities (Registered Charity Number 1184756).
Click HERE to see the Band on the Charity Commission’s website.
So what will change? Well, probably not a lot, to start with anyway!
Led by Frank Hoyland, the musical side of what we do will continue unchanged (well, continue to grow in the way it has for the last few years). On the financial side, the band will now be able to benefit from Gift Aid on certain donations, and will also be able to apply for grants from organisations who only accept applications from Registered Charities. This is likely to make a real difference to our finances, enabling us to buy more music, more instruments, and to be even more active in the community.
The Trustees, led by David Vivian (Chairman), will have overall responsibility for the Band’s activities as a Charity and will meet regularly as its Management Team to ensure we meet our obligations to Band members, to the local community and to the wider public.
Marching Onwards and upwards!