• Tavistock Heritage Trust

Tavistock Heritage Trust welcomes new Trustees

Updated: Jan 19, 2019

The first AGM of the newly formed charity Tavistock Heritage Trust took place on 26th September. Sue Spackman, chair of the Trust, said, “We are delighted to welcome our new Trustees to the Board and are pleased to see plans taking shape for the future activity of the Trust. The charity has ten Trustees and their objectives are to advance the education of the public in the history and heritage of Tavistock and the surrounding area, in particular the history and heritage of mining and its effect on people's lives, by the provision of exhibitions and creating opportunities for people to learn about the customs and traditions. The coming year will be the first complete year for the Trust and will see it progress its aims and objectives, and to put in place a comprehensive fundraising programme to assist in achieving its future goals."

The Trust's website (www.heritageintavistock.org) was launched in September and will be the main portal for information on all the Trust's current projects and events, enabling online booking for all forthcoming events. Sue said, “The first event taking place is a six-week Art History course run by a new trustee Dr Geri Parlby from 19th October. It is being held in the Tavistock Guildhall, and our thanks go to the Town Council for enabling us to invite people in to see the building in its original state. We are aiming to arrange many more activities in the building over the coming months until it is closed for works to create the World Heritage Site Visitor Interpretation Centre.”

The Courtroom will also be the scene for the main event of the Tavistock Heritage Trust social season this year with a Fundraising Auction Night on the 8th November. Local businesses including the Moorland Garden Hotel, Yelverton Golf Course, Walter C Parsons Funeral Directors in Tavistock, the training company A New Southwest, and The Bedford Hotel have all generously donated prizes to help raise funds for the Trust. If you would like to get involved please contact Jo Butler.

The Trust’s other forthcoming events include Heritage Walks which are part of the work undertaken by the Trust to raise awareness of the rich Heritage on offer in Tavistock. The first walk will take place on Halloween at 2.00pm and will showcase the history of Dolvin Road Cemetery and the historical tales surrounding this. The cost will be £5.50 per person and tickets can be booked via www.heritageintavistock.org

Fundraising is a key element for Tavistock Heritage Trust as a new charitable organisation. A recycling campaign has been established to collect empty ink jet cartridges and old mobile phones at collection points around the town, including Walter C Parsons in Tavistock and Mount Kelly Swim Centre.