History & Heritage

Charity Status - April 2009

Following members approval given at our AGM last December we applied to convert to a Company Limited by Guarantee and this was approved in March this year. It enabled us to approach the Charity Commission who gave us Charitable status on 23 April so we are now a Registered Charity. This gives two main advantages as we rely on grants and donations as our main source of income for Park improvements.  Each year we apply to various agencies for grants for projects ranging from as low as £375; to the bandstand project at £200,000.

We now have a wider range of funding opportunities as some agencies will only support charities.

Our current membership is well over 500 which means that our views and ideas are taken seriously by Kirklees Council and other organisations. However we do need to raise cash to build up funds for various projects. The fact that we have been able to make a reasonable cash contribution to the HLF grant for the bandstand meant that our application was viewed in a favourable light. Charity status enables us to take advantage of the Gift Aid scheme which means that, for every pound you give, we get an extra 25p from HM Revenue & Customs provided you are a taxpayer.