As most people are aware we are a Registered Charity managed by the Trustees. Recently they were faced with a tough decision… Charities by law are not allowed to trade more than 25% of their income. With the café becoming more popular, this would be breached, and as not part of the “primary purpose”, could have resulted in the Trust having its charity status removed. The Trustees were faced with the option of drastically scaling back or actually closing the café, to retain their Charity Status.
As a result the Trustees decided that from April 1st a new company would operate the café as well as organise events at the New Green. This was to enable everyone to enjoy the unique facilities, be it after attending a class or meeting, using the parkland or just meeting friends.
Thurst CIC (Community Interest Company) is now responsible for these operations and is a not for profit company. The staff will remain the same, the products sold will remain the same, but it will be run totally separately from the rest of the Trust.
Already Thurst CIC have held monthly bingo sessions, supplied bar services for weddings, and other events are planned throughout the year including Craft Fairs and “pre-loved” clothing sales. Check back regularly here for updates.
The café will be in the capable hands of Faye Blade and she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Whilst events will be organised by Simon Lee email email@example.com