Help from Kathy Faulks, the Small Groups Development worker for Voluntary Action Leeds has enabled Oakwood Traders and Residents Association to raise sufficient money to save Oakwood Clock.
At the end of 2012 a group of local residents and business owners set up the Oakwood Traders and Residents Association as a company limited by guarantee. The aim was to improve Oakwood for the benefit of its residents and visitors. We were particularly concerned to save the Oakwood Clock. We went to Kathy to ask for advice as to how to become a registered charity.
How we did it
Thanks, in large part, to the advice we received we managed to overcome that hurdle. The result of course being that any donations were now eligible for Gift Aid and the association could reclaim basic rate tax from HMRC on donations received.
There then followed a hectic period of activity for the members of the association as events were staged and a raffle run to raise funds to save the clock. Many local residents and businesses gave generously but a large amount of money was still needed if the clock was to be saved. The association decided to apply for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and this was where Kathy helped for a second time.
With her expert advice as well as help from many other quarters the association submitted a bid for funds in December last year. Last month we heard that that bid had been successful.
We would like to thank Voluntary Action Leeds and Kathy for helping us get to the position of being able to make a start on restoring the clock.
We are of course very grateful indeed to the Heritage Lottery Fund for awarding us this grant.
The award of the grant from HLF, whilst large and very much appreciated, would still have left a significant shortfall in the funding necessary to restore the clock were it not for the generosity of a North Leeds couple as well as the concerted efforts of the local community.
Grahame and Marilyn Stowe have made a donation of the balance of the funding necessary to restore the clock. Marilyn said,
“Grahame and I wish to honour our late parents and at the same time thank the great City of Leeds which welcomed previous generations of our and other Jewish families fleeing persecution. My mum and dad in particular had a strong affinity with Roundhay and we hope the restoration and rejuvenation of the area will benefit everyone for years to come.”
Alexis Keech, Chair of OTRA said:
“This is fantastic news for the whole community of Oakwood and North Leeds in general. This money means that the Clock refurbishment can start almost immediately. We are very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Marilyn and Grahame Stowe as well as the whole of the local community who have pulled together to raise funds to make this possible.”
Fiona Spiers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber said:
“This project will rejuvenate a much loved local landmark, bringing it back to the heart of the community for everyone to use and enjoy. By sharing people’s memories and stories of the clock it’s fascinating history will be revealed to a new generation.”
Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Parks, said:
“As a Council we congratulate Oakwood Traders and Residents Association on their receipt of the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and we are really keen to see the Oakwood Clock restored to its former glory. Our Corporate Property Management team have advised OTRA on the restoration of the Clock and the Clock tower, and Museums staff and the Library Service are providing a range of resources and expertise to help involve the community with the project.
"There is going to be a special exhibition about the clock based in Oakwood Library and staff will be working with Roundhay School to help young people use library resources to explore the history of both the clock and Oakwood itself. As well as all of this, Museums staff are helping to shape the oral history being planned by the OTRA team and will be offering creative writing workshops and a tour of Temple Newsam House, where another well-known Potts Clock will be on display later in the year.”
VAL and Kathy had a lot to do with making all this possible - and for that we are very grateful.
To find out how Kathy could help your organisation visit the Small Groups Development page on Doing Good Leeds.