These are still early days for the Trust. From our highly successful launch as the River Waveney Association on 29 March 2012, we have recruited a membership of over 360 and a management committee working on many projects. We have also created 5 local groups based on the market towns along the river, each with a local co-ordinator to focus on our local members. We have received full charitable status for the Trust (charity number 1149960) in November 2012 and are starting the process of recruting new trustees. If you feel you would like to apply, please email for a trustee pack.
We have been successful with funding bids and grants to help set up our organisation and are getting on with delivering real activity on the river. Notable are the £5k grant from the Rivers Trustcharity, £10k "Awards for All" funding from Big Lottery for equipment and educational projects, a grant of £2k from South Norfolk DC to renovate the boardwalk at Homersfield, a grant of £11k from the Waveney LAG (RDPE) to publish a River Guide and funding from the Environment Agency to help the organisation get established and start delivering key projects. Total funding achieved or allocated is £63k (as at March 2013). In addition we have contributed over 2,000 hours of voluntary effort worth £20,000 - in our first year we have contributed a value of £83,000 to the River Waveney, a fantastic achievement for a young organisation!
We have always recognised the need to form a charitable Trust. We now have full charitable status. The function of the Trust will be to hold assets and funds and to support the projects and activities of the membership Association which we have been so successful in creating.
Things are moving quickly and early discussions with the main organisations having statutory powers along the river have proved that both the Association and the Trust will be a very welcome addition to their activities and projects. We will essentially become the "eyes and ears" of the river. Our members are able to offer volunteering effort to support the growing number of projects earmarked. Some of these can be found on the Projects page.
We welcome all local residents and visitors who celebrate our beautiful but vulnerable river to contact us and become members of the Association. We promise to keep you informed of activities and plans of interest to all users of the Waveney and its Valley.
River Waveney Association committee members:
Keith Lead - Chair
Kim Croce (Bungay)
Beth Dewhurst (Diss)
Geoff Doggett (Harleston & web, marketing and membership)
Peter Knights (Diss)
Gordon Lascelles (Harleston)
Andrew Mackney (Beccles)
Deborah Turnbull (Secretary)
Maxine Barnes (Treasurer from 18 August)
Eric Williams (Bungay)
Dave Gladwell (Ellingham, Awards for All project & caretaker Treasurer until 18 August)
and as observers:
Will Akast - Environment Agency
Barry Bendall - Rivers Trust
Child protection & Vulnerable Adults officer - Dave Gladwell
Local Groups and co-ordinators:
1) Diss co-ordinator: Peter Knights t: 01379 651366 e: firstname.lastname@example.org Area: Source of River (Redgrave & Lopham Fen) to Hoxne Mill
2) Harleston co-ordinator: Gordon Lascelles t: 01379 852258 e: email@example.com
Area: Hoxne Mill to Homersfield Pocket Park