Welcome to the Cellardyke Trust website.
The Cellardyke Trust ( SC049941) was formed in February 2020. A group of volunteers worked for approximately 18 months investigating the best umbrella organisation to support community events and projects. Their collective working group experience developed out of running the Cellardyke Sea Queen Festival, the Quiet Citizens’ Walk and multiple other projects. The aim is to create a support network that may enable further community events and projects in Cellardyke.
When the planning of revived Sea Queen Festival started in 2018, it became obvious that the responsibility could not lie on any individual’s shoulders. Consequently the team has worked in partnership with the Cellardyke Residents’ Association and have now established The Cellardyke Trust as a separate Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).
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Why set up a Charity?
Events and projects cannot happen without public liability insurance, health and safety knowledge and rigorous back up documentation. A bank account is essential when dealing with other fund giving bodies, insurers and councils. Charitable status provides additional regulation and transparency, as well as the opportunity to apply for funds and utilise Gift Aid. Therefore it was concluded that a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), regulated by the Scottish Charity regulator OSCR, was the best type of organisation to develop. We have set The Cellardyke Trust up as a SCIO, so that we also have Members who are able to elect the Trustees and become more involved in the work of the organisation.
The charitable aims of The Cellardyke Trust, which come under the charitable headings defined by OSCR, are:
‘The advancement of citizenship or community development’ and ‘The advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science’.
What does this mean in practice?
The Cellardyke Sea Queen Festival continues to be run by the organising team.
Other projects – The Manx Beauty and Message in a Bottle – have come under the banner of the Cellardyke Trust.
When BT decided to remove the phone boxes in Cellardyke in 2019, their regulations stated that only a charity, not a community organisation or association, could take over ownership of redundant phone boxes. The formation of the Cellardyke Trust has saved the phone boxes at Cellardyke Town Hall and at Cellardyke Harbour, which are now owned by The Cellardyke Trust.
These projects run with autonomous organising groups or working teams. They are responsible for their own fund raising within the trust rules. A minimum of one trustee sits on the groups, although more than one trustee may be involved. The project groups reports to the Board of Trustees.
We are open to discussing potential community projects with individuals and groups.
Do you have a project?
If you have an event or project that you wish to run that would benefit the community, speak to us.
We can provide advice on health and safety, share our experience with road closures, harbour use, parades and many other aspects of running and organising events.
We are not a grant giving body. However, we may be able to direct you to funders that could help in your project. Should your project fit with the Trust aims and objectives (as agreed by OSCR) you may wish to come under our banner. This would give your project to access the benefits of insurance and the facility of a bank account. In addition, there is the the potential to apply for grants that may not otherwise be available to individuals.
We are very conscious that the Cellardyke Trust was formed only just before the country went into lockdown at the end of March 2020 due to Covid-19. We had to make the decision to cancel the 2020 Sea Queen Festival planned for July and other projects have been disrupted.
Covid-19 has also made the setting up of the infrastructure of the organisation, letting people know about The Cellardyke Trust and in holding events, meetings and recruiting Members difficult. We aim to address this within the coming months – working within Scottish Government Guidance on social distancing – and ask for your patience and understanding in these circumstances. This website will be regularly updated, particularly as we develop our Membership scheme.