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The Green Man CIO makes its first grants

The Trustees of the Pilton Green Man CIO are pleased to announce that it has awarded its first three grants.

Barnstaple Library Friends

The Friends of Barnstaple Library, who are organising a Devon Authors Book Fair in Barnstaple Library on Saturday 28th October, have been awarded £300 towards printing and refreshment costs.  The Fair will be a free event open to all members of the public with 25 children’s and adult authors meeting, chatting, signing books and giving advice from 10am until 3pm.  The event will be publicised in schools, particularly in Pilton, in the local media (press, radio, etc.), on social media, in doctors’ surgeries, etc.

North Devon Sinfonia

Two members of the North Devon Sinfonia, winners of BBC2's Great Orchestra Challenge in 2015 and the amateur orchestra representing the UK at the Seoul International Community Festival in September 2017, have been awarded £244 towards the trip.  The orchestra needed to raise £38,000 and was £6,000 short.  As well as their own fund-raising, financial support has come from Devonshire Living, TDK Lambda, West End Precision, Bray Leino, Philip J. Milton and there have been grants by Rotary Clubs, the Bideford Bridge Trust and Fullabrook and private donations.  The award is to cover the need for each orchestra member to raise an additional £122 to close the funding gap.

Pilton Church Hall

Pilton Church Hall, one of only two community venues in Pilton, has been awarded £2,200 towards the Development of a Permanent Bar for soft and alcoholic drinks, coffees, teas, etc. to encourage, and improve the experience of, the community using the Hall for events like quizzes, pantomimes, exhibitions, Pilton Cinema, plays, etc. and for heritage and volunteer activities.  The Hall Committee needs to raise £6,000 to develop the bar and has been raising money towards it for some years.  This grant will cover the shortfall in funding.  Pilton Theatre Productions, which took over putting on the Pilton Panto in 2016 and is part of the Pilton Green Man CIO, effectively raised this money by producing 'Aladdin' and 'Dick Whittington' in the last two years.  The work is hoped to be completed by the end of 2017 and be available for the 2018 Pilton Panto in February.

Successful Registration with Charity Commission

CIO CertificateThe Pilton Green Man CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation or, rather more simply, Trust) was successfully registered with the Charity Commission in 2016. Creation of the Trust limits the liability of the organising Committee whilst at the same time providing the opportunity to redistribute any profits from Green Man Day for charitable causes which will benefit the people of Pilton.

Registration came at the end of a year long process in which the Trust's objectives were gradually refined. These can be seen by going to the Objectives page of this website where you can also find the Constitution of the CIO. The Pilton Green Man Committee, which organises and runs the popular day in July, continues to operate exactly as it did before. It is now a sub-committee of the Trust. Pilton Theatre Productions, which currently runs the Pilton Panto in February each year, is also a sub-committee of the Trust. The Trust organisation can be seen on the Organisation page of this website.

If you think you have a charitable idea which might qualify for an award from the Trust, please go to the How to get an Award page of this website. This sets out what could qualify and how to apply for an award. We have yet to make any awards, but as soon as these have happened we will provide details of Current Projects on that page of the website.

Annual reports for the Charity Commission will be produced every January, starting in 2018, and these will be posted on the website page Annual Reports.

There are currently seven Trustees of the Pilton Green Man CIO and details are given on the Trustees page. If you would like to discuss ideas for charitable activities within Pilton, please contact a Trustee or email the Trust through the Contact Us page.


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