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Titchfield Village Trust (TVT) is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (No: 1184545)
The objects of the CIO are:
(1) For the public benefit in the area comprising the village of Titchfield and its immediate surroundings which area shall hereinafter be referred to as "the area of benefit":
(a) The promotion of high standards of planning and architecture in or affecting the area of benefit
(b) The education of the public in the geography, history, natural history and architecture of the area of benefit
(c) To assist towards the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historical or public interest in the area of benefit.
(2) The provision and maintenance of a village hall for the use of the inhabitants of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Titchfield without distinction of political, religious or other opinions, including use for:
(a) meetings, lectures and classes, and
(b) other forms of recreation and leisure-time occupation, with the object of improving the conditions of life for the inhabitants.
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Titchfield Parish Room Project 2070
For those of you who came to our AGM you will be aware of the plan for the Parish Room charity to merge with The Village Trust. Since then the Parish Room AGM agreed the same proposition that :
Titchfield Village Trust assume responsibility for the Parish Room and negotiate with the Diocese and landlords for a new lease of sufficient longevity to repair and upgrade the building. As part of that we will launch a fundraising campaign to ensure the Parish Room as a legacy for Titchfield for at least the next 50 years.
The reason for the merger is that the whole of the roof is in a parlous state and as long as we are committed to replacing it we may just as well bring the entire building into the 21st century and undertake a major upgrade.
We still have one or two legal hoops to jump through but already volunteers have begun to work on a fundraising and buildings sub-committee and we are in the process of setting up an administration and organisation sub-committee.
We know that the years ahead are going to fraught with problems but believe sincerely that the Trust will rise to the occasion. The Parish Room is a vital, much used and indeed essential part of village life. We should all strive to make sure it remains at the heart of Titchfield not only for the current generation but for those who follow as well in fact a legacy for the next 50 years.
We are hoping to create a set of ‘Village gates’ at 6 entry points to the Titchfield
Site 1: East Street
Site 2 : Southampton Hill
Site 3: Posbrook Lane
Site 4: Bridge Street
Site 5: Warsash Road.
Site 6 St Margaret’s Lane
You may have taken part in voting at the Church Fete for the message that will appear on the proposed village gates. The winner was :
As a result a set of new signs, courtesy of Sean Searight and his team of village emblem people, will first be used to replace the signs already marking the entrances to the village. We will then be embarking on a project to raise funds at a later stage in order to create the actual ‘Gates’
PLAYGROUND AT ABBEY MEADOWS
Our application for a grant from the Veolia Trust for £75,000 to help create an adventure playground in the new Abbey Meadows park is now complete and we should hear the results sometime in September.
We have already been allocated £45,000 from Fareham Borough Council and the design chosen is one that fits, not only into the environment, it uses natural materials as far as is safely possible, but also reflects the fact that it is part of the Titchfield Abbey Conservation Area.
The design will also encompass features to allow those with disabilities to use the playground.
THE VILLAGE CLOCK
After a deal of refurbishment the Village Clock, given to Titchfield by the Village Trust to commemorate the fact that we won the ‘Best Kept Village in Hampshire’ 2 years running (1987/1988) has found a new home above the butchers shop in South Street.
Our thanks go to Derek, Aiden and Sharon for helping re-site the clock which, after some attention from professional clock restorers along with a bit of paint tarting, is likely to give us at least another 30 years of indicating how early of late we are for that all important hair appointment!
FINALLY …. YOUR VILLAGE TRUST NEEDS YOU
As we mentioned at the start of this newsletter the first months of this year have seen us undertake some major projects which are likely to keep us all busy for years to come.
Our current committee is very active and knows what the future holds, we just need a little extra help to make sure things turn out as we hope they will.
Please get in touch or pass the message on to anyone you think make be able to contribute to the Village