Case Studies - How we can help

Below are some examples of how we've helped our Members. If you would like any support or advice or are interested in becoming a Community Facilities Member, please contact our Community Facilities Adviser:  [email protected].  You can find further information about our Community Facilities Membership Scheme here.

Case Study 1 - Ownership of village hall land

What was the issue?

A village hall committee contacted us for help with their lease from the parish council which was about to come to an end.  The trustees wanted advice about how to extend it. 

How did Northamptonshire ACRE help?

We checked the village hall’s governing document, from which it was clear that the land was owned by the charity and not the parish council.  The parish council was Custodian Trustee and merely held legal title so there was no need for a lease.  We explained the position to the charity trustees (and the parish council) and advised them to check the land registry entry and (if necessary) to correct it so it accurately states that the parish council holds legal title on behalf of village hall charity.

What was the outcome?

The village hall and the parish council now understand their respective roles and unnecessary legal costs were avoided.

Case Study 2 - Village Park

What was the issue?

We were approached by a parish council about a village park which for many years had been managed by a charity.  The charity had ceased functioning and the parish council, which owns the land, asked for help about winding up the charity and taking over the management of the park.

How did Northamptonshire ACRE help?

The original document conveying the land to the parish council was located amongst paperwork in Northamptonshire ACRE’s archives.  The conveyance was unclear about whether the parish council owned the land outright or held it on charitable trusts.  After making an enquiry to the Charity Commission, it was established the land is held on charitable trusts and the parish council is sole trustee.  We provided guidance to the council about its role and responsibilities as sole trustee of a charity.  We also provided guidance about the steps to be taken to dissolve a charity.

What was the outcome?

The parish council now manages the park on a charitable basis. The parish clerk has successfully arranged the dissolution of the former park charity.