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  • £5,000 Grant for Junior School Quiet Area

    July 2019

    Thomas Russell Junior School now has a new Quiet Area calm space for children who want to avoid the noise and busyness of the playground thanks to a £5,000 grant from the Key Trust towards the £12,500 cost funded substantially by the Friends of TRJS together with a small grant from Punch Taverns.  It replaces the original Quiet Area installed more than sixteen years ago that was no longer safe to use.

    Head teacher, Mrs Shelley Sharpe said "Thanks to the Key Trust's splendid support we've created a calm and welcoming play area space including bench seating, sensory planters, all weather traditional board games and musical chimes that enhance facilities for our children in school and visitors that come to support village events".  

    "We now have a quality product fit and safe for purpose that will withstand up to 250 children using it on a daily basis!" she added.

    Children seen at the grant presentation with Mrs Shelley Sharpe & Trustee Mrs Julie Skinner from the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust commented on the new area:  Jessica 'I like spending time with my friends in the sensory garden, my favourite plant is the mint'.  'Flags and spinners make it look really pretty' Harry.  'Its quite peaceful, a good place to go when you want to be calm away from the playground' said Thomas.

  • Margaret Retires from the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust

    June 2019

    Life-time resident of Barton under Needwood, Margaret Fitchett, has retired from the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust after twelve years as a Trustee.

    As a churchwarden for twenty-five years at St James' Parish Church in Barton, Margaret became an ex-officio trustee of the Key Trust when it was set up out of the former Eleemosynary and Pinners Patch Charities in 2007.  Prior to that Margaret was a trustee of several other village charities and remains active at Barton's Gardening Guild and the village Civic Society. Her recent retirement as churchwarden means her role as a trustee has come to an end at the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust.

    ‘Margaret’s local knowledge and long experience of village life has been a great asset to the Trust and we will all miss that. We are grateful for all the help and support she has given to the Key Trust over many years’ said Jacqui Jones, Trust chairman.  'We'll miss her quiet advice and we wish her well' added Jacqui. Jacqui Jones is pictured presenting flowers and a Garden Centre voucher to Margaret Fitchett on her retirement from the Trust.

  • Barton's Vicar Recieves Ten Shillings for Preaching Historic Good Friday Sermon

    June 2019

    Barton & Dunstall Key Trust, successors to the 17th Century gift of William Key, is maintaining the condition of his bequest that  the Vicar of Barton should be paid ten shillings yearly to deliver a sermon on Good Friday.

    This year's sermon, the 368th. since the death of William Key in 1651 was preached at St James' Parish Church in Barton under Needwood by the Rev. Andrew Ridley, vicar of Barton, and he was presented with a ten bob note by Key Trustee Dr David Okoye. It is believed that this tradition is one of the oldest of its kind surviving in Britain.

    When the numerous charities of Barton & Dunstall were reformed into the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust in 1972 there was an opportunity to bring the value up to date but Trustees honoured William Key's covenant & memory  by maintaining the payment at the 1651 sum. Present day value of ten shillings, allowing for inflation varies between £58 and nearly £1,000 if it is related to present average earnings.  

    Andrew Ridley said "It's a wonderful tradition but it makes me wonder why it was thought necessary to have to pay the Vicar of Barton what was then quite a tidy sum to deliver a Good Friday sermon - what was going on all those years ago?"  

    William Key, 17th century landowner and keeper of the Barton Ward of Needwood Forest, died on 10th October 1651 aged sixty-nine. He left various plots of land the rents of which were to be distributed to the poor of the villages of Barton under Needwood and Dunstall. Over the years some have been sold, including that now under the Barton Business Park, and investments now produce the majority of the Trust's income. Some land  remains in the safekeeping of the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust most notably the Trust's allotments in Dogshead Lane .

  • Barton Guides Supported to Represent Staffordshire at International Camp

    June 2019

    Lucy Williams, Libby Hudson and Emily Tricker all Girl Guides from Barton have learnt new skills, developed their confidence and communication skills and discovered new cultures at an international camp in Switzerland this year thanks to grants from the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust to top up the funds each have raised for their travel, accommodation and trip fees of £1,000.

    Libby Hudson, has been involved with girl guiding since she was five - in Rainbows, Brownies and now as a Guides leader at Brownies whilst Emily Tricker has volunteered at Barton's Rainbow unit as part of her Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award.  Both  worked as part of a team preparing meals and keeping the Guides house in Switzerland  in order. Lucy Williams, who is studying French & German at school, was also able to practice her language skills and all three girls made many new international friends.

    Also pictured at the grant cheques presentation by Jacqui Jones, Key Trust chairman, was Sophie Williams who was assisted by the Trust to attend a similar Swiss camp in 2017. 'I had an amazing time learning about Swiss culture, visiting traditional Swiss towns and making many new friends.  Most memorable was visiting the Guides 'Our Chalet' established in 1932 by the World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts in a beautiful valley on the outskirts of Adelboden in the Bernese Oberland' said Sophie.

  • Trust Awards Grant for Duke of Edinburgh Award Student

    May 2019

    Sixteen year old William Warren from Barton and a student at Lichfield's Maple Hayes Dyslexia School was supported with a £175 grant to cover the cost of an expedition  that's an essential part of completing his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award  helping him improve his social, organisational and navigation skills.   'As part of the Award requirements I have already 'kitted myself out' from my pocket money, learning the value of such an adventure and how to be thrifty, and completed two practice expedition weekends' said William .

    Additionally he has spent three months volunteering at Barton Library, moved up two junior grades to Brown in Akido and used six months of Saturdays voluntarily studying towards an extra GCSE in Religious Education.   'I have used my own resources to forge away to a goal quietly and without fuss, conquering or sufficiently masking my dyslexia in the process building my own self-esteem and I'm most grateful for the Trust's grant' William added.

     Adrian Wedgwood, trustee of the Key Trust, seen presenting the grant cheque to William said 'William's determination to succeed and conquer his disability is a great credit to him and a terrific example to young people from whom the Trust are happy to receive applications for grants of up to £500 for extra-curricular activities that support personal development'. 

  • Girl Guiding New Development Programme Resources Funded by Key Trust

    April 2019

    In Barton the Needwood Division of Girl Guiding runs two Rainbow , three Brownie and one Guide units providing places to around 140 girls from our Community aged between five and fourteen. All are run by a team of dedicated volunteers.

    Girl Guiding, the national organisation, has recently implemented a new development programme requiring a new  book for each girl and other essential resources needed by the volunteers to deliver the programme. It is aimed at broadening girls experience, gaining new skills and confidence.

     'Buying these books and associated materials at a cost of £2,658 would seriously deplete our funds that are available for other activities  and we are most grateful to the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust for their grant to fund this' said Lorraine Brant, leader 1st. Barton Brownies.

    Trustee Susanne van Daesdonk from the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust, pictured with many of the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides commented 'We are delighted to support these flourishing units that deliver such excellent programmes for girls in our Community'.

  • Key Trust Supports Employability Programme Pilot for John Taylor High School Students

    March 2019

    Last Autumn we supported John Taylor High School with a £1,650 grant for a pilot programme to benefit students who may not be intending to study in Higher Education. This is increasingly important as more and more 6th Form students seek to move into Higher Level Apprenticeships or employment upon completion of their A-Level studies. The Employability Skills Programme was specifically designed to provide students aged 15 – 19 with the generic skills that every employer would want to see in a new recruit to their organisation. The programme seeks to develop these essential skills through workshops delivered off site at the suitably formal environment of Branston Pavilion.

    Workshops were delivered by Prof. Jo Andrews in a structured but informal and highly interactive manner. They were delivered as two half day sessions with a period of reflection time between the sessions. The Employability Skills explored through basic principles, examples and case studies were:
    - Communication and Presentation Skills
    - Team Building and Team Working Skills
    - Leadership Skills
    - Managing Projects and Managing Events
    - Constructing an original personal statement and CV
    - Interviewing for Success

    Surveyed after the Course all the students felt that the course had been personally worthwhile. This is a resounding endorsement of the pilot. The students did not know what to expect from the course and many had commented on how impressed they had been with its format and content. All the students felt that their Employability Skills had been developed as a result of the course. 93% of the students would definitely recommend the course to other 6th Form students.

    James Twynham, deputy head of John Taylor High School said 'We are most grateful to the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust for its grant of £1,650 that enabled us to run this pilot programme the success of which means that we intend running two programmes in 2019'.

    Adrian Wedgwood, Trustee of the Key Trust, seen presenting the Trust's cheque to Mr Twynham watched by students and visiting lecturers commented 'We're delighted to support this excellent extra-curricular personal development programme that clearly benefits students and their potential employers'.

  • £6,000 Grant Provides New Furniture for Young People at Barton Library

    February 2019

    Encouraging, inspiring, encouraging and supporting a love of books and reading is a key objective of Barton Community Library now run by volunteers who have been supported by a £6,000 grant from the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust to buy new furniture.

    Run entirely by volunteers since May 2016 Barton Library is supported by Staffordshire County Council and the Staffordshire & Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust but has to fund improvements and other running costs.

    'Our overall aim is always to make the library a warm & welcoming place for the whole community.  We have rekindled relationships with local schools, nurseries and pre-school groups and are most grateful to the Key Trust for the £6,000 grant for shelving, tables, chairs and cushions that has created a more vibrant and stimulating environment for our young people who are the future for the Community Library' said Marilyn Davis library co-ordinator.

  • Key Trust Grant for Barton Centenary Square Project

    December 2018

    Friday 28th September was a bright, sunny day with the beginnings of Autumn in the air, the sort of day that most of us love. All of us except the photographer, as everyone was squinting into the sun and there were shadows everywhere, but I think you can see he still managed a good job.

    This was the day many villagers and others involved in the Centenary Square Project gathered to see the ribbon cut and The Square returned to its former glory. Despite most of us moaning about the traffic disruption and chaos caused during the work, all agreed that the end result looked really good, something that would last for many years as a focus for the village and as a lasting commemoration of the centenary of the end of the first World War. It is a fitting tribute to the 37 Barton men who gave their lives for us all to live in the freedom we have today. It was appropriate that the sprightly Mrs Ruby Hall, the oldest resident in Barton under Needwood at 100, cut the ribbon of red poppies. The Square was now ready, for Armistice Sunday on 11th November.

    Barton and Dunstall Key Trust were pleased to support the project with the biggest grant we have ever made, far outside our agreed maximum award and comfort zone. Trustees agreed this was a particularly significant project for the village and used their discretion for a one-off grant to cover all the paving, the new benches and lectern.

    Chairman Jacqui Jones is pictured with fellow trustee Rev Andrew Ridley presenting the cheque to Alison Jones, Parish Councillor. They are also admiring the benches and lectern with trustee, Margaret Fitchett and chairman of the Parish Council, Sue van Daesdonk.

  • Key Trust Grant Supports Remembrance of Barton and Dunstall World War 1 Casualties

    November 2018

    Barton War Memorial Group, formed to research the history of the 39 men of Barton & seven from Dunstall who died serving during and in the years immediately after WW1, has published an attractive, informative book and launched a Website thanks to a £4,000 grant from the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust.

    We Remember the Men of Barton & Dunstall 1914 - 1918 book and associated Website follows much appreciated displays of the Group's material in the Parish Church, Barton Library & John Taylor High School.  It makes an important part of our community's history available for family history researchers, young people particularly in this 2018 WW1 Centenary year, and the families of those who died fighting for their Country.

    Extensive detailed research undertaken by the team led by Jill Rogers, who initiated the project, that includes Lesley & Bob Grewer, Rosemary & Duncan Fergusson and Foster Rogers are in the well illustrated book recording fascinating stories of the men, their families and a little about their lives. Copies will be given to each of the families involved and deposited at Barton and other local libraries, our schools, the National Memorial Arboretum, local museums and the County Records Office.

    On sale at H&H Spalding's bookshop in Barton,  proceeds from which will be used for the on-going costs of maintaining the Website.

  • Leadership Award Winners Recognised at John taylor High School

    September 2018

    Ewan Leadbeater, who plans to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Gloucestershire is the 2018 winner of the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust’s annual award for Leadership at  John Taylor High School and received the £250 award at a recent glittering Presentation Evening at which the school’s outstanding students received their annual awards.  Runner -up Jared Evitts received £150.

    Recognising the best of the school’s six House Leaders the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust Award for Leadership was presented to Ewan Leadbeater, Rosliston House Leader , who received the Key Trust’s Leadership Award perpetual trophy, together with a cheque for £250, & his name has been inscribed on the Trust's Honours Board  displayed at the school for students, parents, staff & visitors to see.

    Ewan, who is set to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Gloucestershire, has obtained a scholarship for his Rugby refereeing. With boundless enthusiasm for Rosliston House he has demonstrated his skills and maturity by being passionate about his role, an amazing Sixth Form leader and  a role model for younger students.   'I am extremely proud & privileged to be recognised by the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust for the work I've done over the past two years at John Taylor High School including leadership in many varied ways from coaching Year 7 Rugby teams to organising and driving charity events for Rosliston House' commented Ewan.

    Runner-up Jared Evitts, Marchington House leader, who received £150,  is a consummate professional and enthusiastic  speaker at the school's Open Evenings where he inspired new students and parents with his experiences at John Taylor High School. James Twynham , head of John Taylor High School, said 'Ewan is a worthy winner of the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust Award for Leadership recognising the critical role our House Leaders play in the vibrancy of the school and encouraging others to strive for excellence in this key attribute for their personal development'.

    'John Taylor High School's Presentations Evening is a thoroughly uplifting event showing the enormous talent encouraged and development that culminates in the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust Leadership Awards when the winners are announced' said Jacqui Jones the Trust's chairman.

  • Scouting Brothers Set For World Jamboree in America Next Year

    August 2018

    Brothers and Burton Explorer Scouts Ben and Tom  Revill from the new Barton Manor residential development off Efflinch Lane in Barton are set to spend three weeks in West Virginia at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree and each has been assisted with a £500 grant from the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust.

    Having been on a Jamboree selection camp the brothers and John Taylor High School students, who moved from Belgium to Barton in 2016, have been offered places within Staffordshire's contingent for the 24th. World Scout Jamboree of some 50,000 scouts from across the world being held at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia from 22 July to 2 August 2019  

    Each of them have to raise £3,700 for the trip and have started fundraising  including playing the piano and saxophone at care homes, bag packing at supermarkets and car washing.

    Benjamin said  'This'll be a unique international experience where I'll develop my leadership skills and try lots of completely different activities'.  Younger brother Thomas added  'It'll be a great experience working with people from all around the world on a three week camp learning new skills and living with an American family for one of those weeks'.

    Summing up the benefits to its participants Staffordshire Scouts leadership states ' We have made a commitment to ensure that we not only deliver a fantastic international adventure for our contingent but that we will also champion youth engagement ensuring that we provide young people with opportunities to shape the Jamboree experience. Not only this, we want to ensure that we are providing development and training opportunities for every member of the contingent so that they are able to recognise that they have gained new skills and confidence through being a member'.

  • Emergency Repairs to Dunstall Church Floor Boosted by Key Trusts £5,000 Grant

    July 2018

    Within the Church of England every church building must be inspected by an architect or chartered building surveyor approved by the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) every five years. This regular system of review is designed to ensure that 16,000 church buildings are kept in good repair.

    The resulting 'quinquennial report' is one of the key documents which assists the Parochial Church Council (PCC) in the care and repair of a church building, for which it is legally responsible. It gives a snapshot of the repair needs of the building, and lists the repairs required according to their priority. 2016's report on  St. Mary's beautiful church in Dunstall required an urgent inspection of part of the floor that had dipped slightly.

    When some of the floorboards were removed it was discovered that the whole of the floor frame and joists were rotten and collapse was imminent.  Replacement became an urgent priority and the church was closed for 3 months whilst pews were removed, floorboards lifted and new timber installed in large areas of the floor.  All at a cost of £18,000 including industrial cleaning of the building afterwards. This sum being way beyond the resources of Dunstall's PCC one church warden raised an amazing £6,000 running in a half-marathon and a further £7,000 was given generously by an anonymous benefactor. The £5,000 balance has been provided as a grant from the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust.

    Mick Perkins, one of Dunstall's churchwardens said 'With ever increasing maintenance work on the church because of its age we want to keep the building well maintained and safe for people to worship in and for our many visitors to admire as the church is open every day'. 'We're enormously grateful to the Key Trust for helping us in our hour of need' he added.

  • Barton Girls Supported by Key Trust Grant Bound for Lifetime Experience on World Challenge in Tanzania

    June 2018

    John Taylor High School students Katherine Sharkey & Lucy Waddell are bound for Tanzania this summer on a World Challenge expedition thanks to £500 grants from the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust. The Barton girls are part of a group from John Taylor High School that will be living in Northern Tanzania, trekking through the jungle, climbing mountains and helping to improve education facilities in a community where resources are quite different from those in Britain.

    'It'll be a great experience for me to gain knowledge of other cultures, expand my skills and develop a wider appreciation of the world' said Lucy Waddell'. Katherine Sharkey added 'I'm really excited to be going and experiencing  life in Tanzania,  living for three weeks in a community not as fortunate as ours - it'll be a terrific experience'.

    Julie Skinner, trustee of the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust. seen with Katherine & Lucy said 'We encourage applications from individuals of any age who live in our communities to apply for grants of up to £500 for extra-curricular or personal development experiences and projects and we're delighted to support the girls with grants towards the £3,900 cost each has raised to pay for this trip'.

  • Lifetime Experience in Peru Supported by Key Trust Grant

    Lifetime Experience in Peru Supported by Key Trust Grant

    May 2018

    Nineteen year old Ben Green from Barton was supported last year with a £350 grant from the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust to help with his travelling expenses to take part in a community project in South America gaining valuable life experiences of working in a foreign country together with volunteers of other nationalities.

    During his visit to Peru Ben was based on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake, he  helped build greenhouses for local farmers, taught English in local schools and visited the village communities on the lake's extraordinary floating reed islands.

    'Highlight of my trip was the four day trek from Cusco to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas,  and the time spent learning about their culture and lifestyle' sad Ben. 'I'm so grateful to the Key Trust for their support for this enormously rewarding lifetime experience that's contributed greatly to my personal development' he added.

    Jim Black, trustee of the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust. seen with Ben Green,  said 'We encourage applications from individuals of any age who live in our communities to apply for grants of up to £500 for extra-curricular or personal development experiences and projects'.

  • Cllr Susanne van Daesdonk, new Key Trust trustee

    New Trustee for Key Trust

    April 2018

    A new trustee, Cllr Susanne van Daesdonk, has joined the Barton under Needwood and Dunstall Key Trust.

    Susanne is Barton born and bred, attended all the schools in the village and has been involved in many village organisations and activities.  She studied for a degree in computer science right at the start of the computer revolution and worked in the IT and outsourcing industry for over 30 years.  Susanne has been a Parish Councillor since 2015 including the role of Chair, is secretary of the local RBL branch and is also a front of house volunteer at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas where she deals with all sorts of people from the young to the very old.  Her ever growing Anglo-Dutch family are scattered all over the world and even her dogs are from Spain. 

  • Trust's Grant Helps Create Toddlers Play Area at Barton's Holland Sports Club

    Trust's Grant Helps Create Toddlers Play Area at Barton's Holland Sports Club

    April 2018

    Barton under Needwood’s popular Holland Sports Club, home to village sports including football, tennis, rugby, netball, cricket and tug of war has received a grant of £7,574 from the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust helping to establish a secure toddlers play area as part of the club's development plan.

    Dick Titley, chairman of the Holland Sports Club development committee explained 'At Holland Sports Club we offer activities for 5 year olds upwards but many families who visit the club have difficulty in entertaining their younger siblings'. 'We want parents to see and use our splendid Club as an excellent, safe, village venue for the whole family and now for the first time thanks to the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust and other funders, Holland Sports Club has a dedicated area for toddlers. We are confident it will encourage even more families to see us as their favourite venue and that it'll be a valuable element of our exciting development plan' he added.

    Major grants were also received from East Staffordshire Borough Council's (ESBC) Communities Fund and the National Lottery. ESBC Councillor Julia Jessel said ' It is good for Barton that again both the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust and ESBC's Communities Fund contributed to helping improve village amenities'.

    Jim Black, trustee of the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust, pictured at the opening of Holland Sports Club's toddler play area said 'We’re delighted to support Holland Sports Club and will be pleased to receive applications from individuals of any age who live in Barton and Dunstall for grants of up to £500 and from village organisations for up to £10,000'.

  • Trust Grant for Dunstall Traffic Calming Measures

    Trust Grant for Dunstall Traffic Calming Measures

    March 2018

    Dunstall, one of East Staffordshire’s most tranquil and attractive rural communities within a short walking distance of Burton on Trent, is now sporting signs and village 'gates' designed to alert road users to the village and reduce their speed in residential areas.

    Speeding traffic on the long straight road from Barton Gate to the New Inn crossroads at Needwood is alerted to Dunstall's dangerous crossroads by speed advisory signage now being complemented by Welcome to Dunstall signage and planters at the Parish boundary. Similarly clear village signage and boundary gates will alert drivers to the hazards on the roads running through Dunstall's attractive village centre.

    Andrew Brown, chairman of Dunstall Parish Council explained 'Dunstall village has no speed or weight restrictions and our roads are governed by national speed limits. Road users don't always realise there's a difference between a stretch of country road and the narrow winding roads through the village itself. There are no pavements and frequently it is dangerous for visiting cyclists and horse riders and for residents to walk through Dunstall'.

    'One day we hope that our campaign will be successful for a much needed weight restriction and reduced speed limit to deal with the increase in traffic from the planned massive residential & industrial developments and the new school being constructed between us and Burton' added Andrew.

    Now, thanks to significant grants from East Staffordshire Borough Council's Community Fund, Councillors Community Fund and the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust, Dunstall Parish Council's limited resources for the community's 250 parishioners have been augmented to fund the £9,000 village gateway project.

  • Key Trust Supports Barton Guides Camping with a £1000 Grant

    Key Trust Supports Barton Guides Camping with a £1000 Grant

    January 2018

    Guides at the 2nd. Barton Guides unit can now camp in comparative comfort thanks to a £1,000 grant from the Barton and Dunstall Key Trust that's funded new tents, an Events shelter and essential camping equipment.

    Going strong since the 1970's the 2nd Barton Guides (the 1st Barton Guides no longer exists) the Barton Guides has a thriving unit of around thirty girls aged between 10 & 15 meeting regularly on Tuesdays at St James' church hall in Barton.

    Part of the Needwood Division of Guides , that includes units at Kings Bromley, Alrewas, Yoxall & Fradley, the 2nd Barton Guides have previously borrowed equipment for their camps but now with their own camping gear they can enjoy greater freedom and look after their own kit.

    Guide Leader Dawn Marshall, who's been in the Guides since joining the Brownies said 'Its wonderful to have our own equipment so that, thanks to the Key Trust, the girls can really enjoy this year's big International camp at Abbotsholme that'll see over a thousand guides gathering from all over the world.  It only happens every four years and its a tremendous opportunity for our girls to make friends overseas'.

    Seen helping Guide Leaders Dawn Marshall, Kath Reid and assistant leader Diane Grice with the 2nd Barton Guides putting up their new equipment for the first time Rev Andrew Ridley trustee of the Key Trust said  'We’re delighted to support the 2nd Barton Guides with a £1,000 grant for new camping equipment and will be pleased to receive applications from individuals of any age who live in Barton and Dunstall for grants of up to £500 and from village organisations for up to £10,000.  Details and an application form are available at www.bartondunstallkeytrust.co.uk  and at Barton Library.' 

  • Charitable Trust Appoints New Chairman

    Charitable Trust Appoints New Chairman

    December 2017

    Jacqui Jones, a retired practice manager at a busy legal firm, a Barton resident of twelve years standing and an East Staffordshire Borough Councillor has been elected to head up the Barton and Dunstall Key Trust, the community's leading source of grants for residents in need and major projects for village organisations.

    A past chairman of Relate in Burton together with involvement with other charities and as a trustee of the Key Trust for the last seven years, plus her knowledge of our communities gained representing residents on the Borough Council make Jacqui an excellent and well qualified chairman of the Trust.

    Spare time spent pottering in her garden,  spending time with her family, going to the theatre especially the RSC in Stratford and visiting our lovely local cinema makes for a busy life.

    Jacqui commented 'I’m delighted  and honoured to be taking over as Chairman of the Barton under Needwood and Dunstall Key Trust that's well funded and I will ensure that it continues to be well managed and complies with all the requirements of the Charity Commission'.

    'With the help and support of all our Trustees and our Clerk I'll be working  to   ensure all residents are aware of the work the Trust can do. We want to reach out through www.bartondunstallkeytrust.co.uk to  as many of the local residents as possible who will benefit from our help, be that in case of  hardship, to help youngsters with their personal development and to help  local organisations who work so hard for the benefit of us all in this community'

  • Key Trust Grant Supports Remembrance of Barton & Dunstall World War 1 Casualties

    Key Trust Grant Supports Remembrance of Barton & Dunstall World War 1 Casualties

    November 2017

    Barton War Memorial Group, formed to research the history of the 39 men of Barton & seven from Dunstall who died serving during and in the years immediately after WW1, is set to publish an attractive, informative book and launch a Website thanks to a £4,000 grant from the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust.

    We Remember the Men of Barton & Dunstall 1914 - 1918 book and associated Website will follow much appreciated displays of the Group's material in the Parish Church, Barton Library & John Taylor High School.  It will make an important part of our community's history available for family history researchers, young people particularly in the 2018 WW1 Centenary year, and the families of those who died fighting for their Country.

    Extensive detailed research undertaken by the team led by Jill Rogers, who initiated the project, that includes Lesley & Bob Grewer, Rosemary & Duncan Fergusson and Foster Rogers will be in the well illustrated book recording fascinating stories of the men, their families and a little about their lives.

    When published early next year copies will be given to each of the families involved and deposited at Barton and other local libraries, our schools, the National Memorial Arboretum, local museums and the County Records Office.

    Publicity will then announce its sale at H&H Spalding's bookshop in Barton proceeds from which will be used for the on-going costs of maintaining the Website. More information is available from Jill Rogers on Burton 712809 and jill.rogers@uwclub.net   

  • Local Traders Support Key Trust's Christmas Voucher 
			  Scheme

    Local Traders Support Key Trust's Christmas Voucher Scheme

    October 2017

    Shops, pubs and service providers in Barton are set to back Barton & Dunstall Key Trust's annual distribution of gift vouchers to villagers in need at Christmas following last year's outstanding success of the scheme that's been running for many years.   Adrian Wedgwood, the Trust's chairman, said  'Following approaches from Miriam Firth, our dedicated Clerk, many more shops and businesses in Barton agreed to accept our Christmas gift vouchers that are given to those Barton  residents who qualify and can be exchanged for goods and services'.

    'We're very grateful to Midlands Cooperative and the dozen other businesses that accepted our vouchers last year, subsequently billing us for the goods and services supplied, and hope that they will continue doing so this year as well as encouraging others , particularly at Barton Marina' he added.   Barton residents who are suffering from long-term illnesses, severe disabilities, financial and other substantial hardships, possibly including bereavement, may be eligible on a short or long-term basis for the Christmas gift voucher scheme.

    The Barton vouchers are usually distributed early in December and are valid until the end of the following January.  In Dunstall a similar arrangement  is operated by its Parish Council.   The Trust is aware of existing beneficiaries in Barton  and reviews this each year - but there may be other people of whom we are not aware.  

    Anyone who knows of a potential addition to our Christmas voucher recipients should contact Miriam Firth, our clerk at 01283 712851, so that she can arrange an application form  that must then be sponsored by one of  our Trustees.   Miriam will also be pleased to hear from any  Barton business that will be pleased to accept vouchers this year.   Miriam Firth said  'The Christmas voucher scheme is a separate arrangement from our major and personal grants scheme the details of which, together with information on the Trust, can be found at www.bartondunstallkeytrust.co.uk  and at Barton Library'.

  • Leadership Award Winners Recognised at John Taylor High School

    Leadership Award Winners Recognised at John Taylor High School

    July 2017

    William Gray is the 2017 winner of the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust’s annual award for Leadership at  John Taylor High School and received the £250 award at a recent glittering Presentation Evening at which the school’s outstanding students received their annual awards.  This year, now that the school has six Houses,  the Trust also awarded £150 to runner-up Alexander Wakefield.

    Recognising the best of the school’s six House Leaders the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust Award for Leadership was presented to William, Marchington House Leader, who received the Key Trust’s Leadership Award perpetual trophy, together with a cheque for £250, & his name has been inscribed on the Trust's Honours Board  displayed at the school for students, parents, staff & visitors to see.

    William, who is set to read Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Bristol University has demonstrated his leadership skills and maturity by sharing ideas through assemblies whilst acting as a role model for younger students to look up to and aspire to replicate. Planning a career as a pilot he has already achieved his private pilot's licence, climbed to the rank of Corporal in the RAF Air Training Corps and plays for two clubs in the Derbyshire Squash league.

    Runner-up Alexander Wakefield, Rosliston House leader, who received £150,  has an offer to read Architecture at Cambridge and aspires to influence society for the better whilst pursuing creative endeavour. Particularly interested in politics and with a passion for art this voracious reader and Fabian Society member plays the guitar and piano in the school orchestra.

    Mike Donoghue, Principal of John Taylor High School, said "William is a worthy winner of the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust Award for Leadership recognising the critical role our House Leaders play in the vibrancy of the school and encouraging others to strive for excellence in this key attribute for their personal development".  

  • Rounders England Outstanding Player Backed by Trust

    Rounders England Outstanding Player Backed by Trust

    June 2017

    Fifteen year-old Frankie George, acclaimed by her England Rounders coach as an 'Excellent role model for less experienced players who learn from both her work rate and totally committed approach' has been awarded a £350 grant to help with travelling costs to this year's England Rounders events and International Festivals.

    Selected again to play Rounders for England, this John Taylor High School student is a key player in last year's unbeaten Rounders England under 16 Elite team. 'Frankie is an outstanding batter, scoring consistently in every game. Her fielding is equally impressive, she has a safe pair of hands with a long and accurate throw' commented Sue Manson, England coach.

    Passionate about playing for her Country Frankie, from Church Road Barton said 'I'm hoping to have a career in sport and am very grateful to the Key Trust for their £350 grant to help with my travelling costs to coaching and events across Britain'.

  • Time Flies Again at Barton's Parish Church Thanks to Key Trust's £10,000 Grant
    Time Flies Again at Barton's Parish Church Thanks to Key Trust's £10,000 Grant

    Time Flies Again at Barton's Parish Church Thanks to Key Trust's £10,000 Grant

    May 2017

    For nearly five centuries St James' Parish Church has stood as the beating heart of the historic, thriving, village of Barton under Needwood and its clock has marked the passage of time for over 120 years, chiming on the hour and every quarter. Now, thanks largely to a £10,000 grant from the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust the clock's faded faces are being restored and residents will again be able to look up and see the time.

    Originally installed by Smith's of Derby in 1895 the present clock has dials on the North, South & East faces of the church tower. Reminding villagers and visitors that 'Tempus Fugit', or time flies, the painted clock faces,  hands and numerals had faded making it difficult to see the actual time. As an admonition against sloth & procrastination the Latin motto is most splendidly adapted at Hertfordshire's Furneaux Pelham church clock to read 'Time Flies - Mind Your Business' with a running figure of Father Time.

    Rather than swathing the church tower with scaffolding Smiths of Derby have used rope access to repaint the faces and re-gild the Roman numerals, outer ring and hands with double thickness English gold leaf. Not only does time fly but so does the restorer!

    Sue Gent, churchwarden, seen receiving the grant cheque from trustee Julie Skinner, of the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust said 'We've been talking about doing this for years and now, thanks to the Key Trust, everyone in our community will be able to clearly read the time again in Barton'.

  • 'Stands the Clock at Ten to Three?' Not Any More at Dunstall

    'Stands the Clock at Ten to Three?' Not Any More at Dunstall

    March 2017

    Rupert Brooke's line in his famous poem might have been true at Dunstall until the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust's £1,500 grant helped fund the fitting of a clock regulator keeping  the village's prominent timepiece telling the correct time and dealing with Spring & Autumn hour changes.

    Maintained by Dunstall Parochial Church Council, St Mary's church clock tells the time right across the delightfully rural and tranquil village. Electrified some years ago by Smith's of Derby so that weekly journeys up the tower for winding were no longer needed  the clock has still required regular adjustment to keep correct time. The newly fitted  electric regulator now automatically makes minor adjustments ensuring that the clock is telling the correct time.

    St Mary's Dunstall churchwarden Mick Perkins said 'Access to the clock mechanism is very awkward and with an ageing congregation it was becoming impossible to deal with adjustments so we are extremely grateful to the Key Trust for their £1,500 grant that's solved this problem'. 'And is there honey still for tea?'  Indeed there will be at Dunstall's popular summer teas in the church hall'! he added.  

  • Trust's £500 Grant Helps Barton Firefighter Realise an 
			  Ambition & Keep Fit for Challenging Job

    Trust's £500 Grant Helps Barton Firefighter Realise an Ambition & Keep Fit for Challenging Job

    March 2017

    Retained Barton fire-fighter Anthony Doolan keeps fit for his job by taking part in Obstacle Races across Britain after being excited by the challenging sport at a Catton Estate fun event.  Having completed a couple of Marathons he found Obstacle Racing more challenging, interesting and less monotonous than running and started entering for races to help raise funds for various charities.

    With 60 races to his name, he was astounded to discover last year that his successes qualified him for the UK Championships and then for the World Championships in Canada.

    As a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity to realise a personal development ambition Anthony set about raising £3,500 to meet the cost of participating in the Men's aged 25 - 29 competition last October at  Blue Mountain, Ontario, that attracted entries from all over the World.

    'I was in shock at the prospect of competing in the World Championships. The 15 kilometre course loaded with compulsory obstacles, including ski slopes to run up and down, was daunting and took me over four gruelling hours and was the pinnacle of my ambitions' said Anthony.

    'My challenging job means I must be fit to deal with emergencies and take a full part in the team often saving lives - my personal fitness through Obstacle Racing could make the difference between life and death so I'm extremely grateful to the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust for their £500 grant' added Anthony who moved from Darlaston to Barton for his job.

    Anthony is currently running 750 miles across 17 different challenges to raise funds for When You Wish Upon a Star, the Nottingham based charity, that takes children with limited life expectancy on dream trips and took his stepson to see Santa in Lapland.

  • Trust's £3000 Grant Helps Encourage 'Singing for Fun' in our Community

    Trust's £3000 Grant Helps Encourage 'Singing for Fun' in our Community

    March 2017

    Barton Music Makers, the popular community chorus founded in July 2014 that meets regularly in Barton Village Hall needed a musical instrument that can be played as a piano, organ, harpsicord and more to accompany them during their rehearsals and concerts.

    Membership is open to all, regardless of ability. With over 120 members and growing, of all ages, the overwhelming majority of whom are from Barton, this popular group also performs at local concerts and events. Its sources of funding are limited largely to members low cost subscriptions designed only to cover running costs.

    Since starting Barton Music Makers has used the Village Hall's ageing electric piano that is prone to breakdown and, as the Chorus grows in confidence and ability, is proving unsuitable particularly for public events.

    Now, thanks to a £3,000 grant from the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust the community chorus has a new Yamaha Clavinola, stool and 'dollies' so that the heavy & delicate instrument can be moved safely into storage at the Village Hall where it is also available for use by other appropriate organisations and individuals.  Trustee Jacqui Jones is pictured presenting the funds to Tim Hornblow & Stephen Taylor.

    The new instrument's first public performance was to a capacity crowd at the Christmas Concert.

  • Trust's Small Grant Helps Promote Golden Oldies Monthly Sessions in Barton

    Trust's Small Grant Helps Promote Golden Oldies Monthly Sessions in Barton

    January 2017

    Monthly fun, singing and socialising sessions for isolated and vulnerable people living alone in the community run by the nation-wide Golden Oldies charity are being supported by a £392 grant to help promote, develop and sustain the group that presently attracts eleven regulars.

    Meeting on the first Monday of the month at Barton's Methodist Church the group sings popular songs from the 50's onwards that are followed by tea and a chat.  Some present have poor sight and limited mobility. A free 'door to door' transport service is offered to those unable to get to sessions and the Trust's grant will include covering the cost of promotional fliers to reach out to residents of Barton and Dunstall who would enjoy the monthly fun and social sessions.

    Anna Everett, the Barton 'Goldies' session leader, said 'Many of our group find it difficult to get involved with the wider community and I've seen new connections being made and friendships developing that are enormously beneficial, particularly for people who live alone'.