Key Trust Appoints New Trustee

November 2012

The Barton under Needwood and Dunstall Key Trust have appointed Julie Skinner as a new Trustee. Julie has lived in Barton since 1986 and been involved with various Community groups throughout that time. She served as Cub Scout Leader for 25 years, and has been a Guide Leader, Ranger Guide Leader and Guide District Commissioner, giving her an insight into the needs and interests of the young people of the village. She has also been actively involved in the Methodist Church as part of the leadership team. More recently, she took an active part in helping to organise the village celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee and has joined the Community Speedwatch volunteers.  In her occasional spare time, her interests include patchwork and other crafts, and following the British athletics team to major championships. She is a past champion of the village Pancake Race.

Help make a Difference

October 2012

The Trustees wish to appoint a Clerk to the Trust which serves Barton under Needwood and Dunstall.

The Clerk will be a self employed person, working from home and able to demonstrate the following personal skills and attributes:
An ability to work in a confidential role
Good IT skills including Word and Excel
Good organisational and interpersonal skills
Ability to maintain good financial records
Ability to liaise and communicate with professional advisors
Have home telephone, internet access and be mobile

Main Duties:

Attend and Minute Trust Meetings (3-4 per year)
Prepare agenda and all papers for meetings
Deal with all Trust correspondence including applications for grants
Deal with all payments and receipts including the Christmas Voucher scheme
Maintain regular contact with professional advisors
Maintain regular contact with the Chairman and Trustees
Deal with the statutory requirements for operating a charity
Management of the Trust’s allotments and land rents
Any other duties deemed necessary for the professional operation of the Trust

The position will require a commitment of approximately 300 hours per annum worked as and when necessary for which an annual honorarium will be paid. The Trust will supply the necessary equipment to carry out the above duties and will re-imburse any approved expenses incurred.

Applications in the first instance containing a C.V. and with evidence of the skills required should be addressed to the Chairman:
Mr Adrian Wedgwood
31 Meadow Rise
Barton under Needwood
DE13 8DT

Marking “Clerk” on the back of the envelope.

Closing Date: Friday 7th December 2012

Pam Wright Retires from Barton and Dunstall Key Trust

October 2012

After some 24 years of service to the communities of Barton and Dunstall as clerk to the Key Trust and several of its predecessors Pam Wright has retired.

Marking her outstanding contribution to the villages Adrian Wedgwood, chairman of the Barton and Dunstall Key Trust, said “Pam has combined her detailed local knowledge and care for people in our communities, mixing that with personal dedication and skill to ensure that our Trust supports many individuals and organisations in Barton and Dunstall and all of us will miss her involvement greatly”.

After making a presentation to Pam in recognition of her long and devoted service trustees of the Key Trust will be advertising for a new clerk, details of which can be found at  and on posters in the villages. The Website also has the Trust’s interim contact details for those wishing to apply for grants.

Barton under Needwood & Dunstall Key Trust and Aggregate Industries sign Community Fund Agreement

October 2012

Aggregate Industries UK Limited and the Barton under Needwood & Dunstall Key Trust are pleased to announce that they have signed a Community Fund Agreement whereby the local charity will receive a contribution for every tonne of sand and gravel sold from the Newbold Quarry Extension once it receives planning permission from Staffordshire County Council. The charity will then use this money to help support local people and local projects to the benefit of the parishioners of the two communities.

Tim Claxton of Aggregate Industries said that "We are proud to support such a worthwhile cause. As a business operating within a large community we try to help when we can but this Agreement will cement our commitment to giving something back to the two parishes who have lived next door to our quarry for many years."

Adrian Wedgwood, Chairman of the Key Trust said "Already we are supporting with grants a growing number of individuals & organisations within our two villages and the generous contributions to our Charity anticipated from Aggregate Industries will allow the Key Trust to invest to ensure we can continue making a real difference in our communities for many years to come”. “Anyone who thinks we may be able to help should first look up where they’ll find all the information they need and a grant application form” he added.  

The planning application for the Quarry Extension is currently with the planning department of Staffordshire County Council awaiting a decision. It seeks permission to extend the existing quarry workings into a further 160 ha of land and extract 13 million tonnes of sand and gravel over the next 15-20 years. The quarry will be restored to a mixture of woodland and wetland with increased public access and will create a ‘green barrier’ between the two villages and the town of Burton on Trent. Once approved the Quarry Extension will not only safeguard the jobs of the 90 employees many of whom live locally, but will also continue to provide a reliable supply of high quality sand and gravel into Staffordshire and the wider West Midlands.

The fund could be worth as much as £30,000 per annum for the life of the quarry all of which will be used by the Key Trust to benefit the communities of Barton under Needwood and Dunstall.

The Barton under Needwood & Dunstall Key Trust was established in 2007 by the amalgamation of four historic charities benefiting the village communities of Barton under Needwood and Dunstall. The Key Trust provides access to financial grants to help:
Individuals of any age in need through illness, disability, bereavement or accident.
Young people with their extra curricular activities.
Community organisations with major projects.

The Barton & Dunstall Key Trust can award grants of up to £500 to individuals and up to £10,000 to organisations.

Aggregate Industries UK Limited is a leading player in the construction industry, committed to creating a better built environment. It produces and supplies a wide range of construction materials including aggregates, asphalt, ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete products.

Newbold Quarry is operated by Bardon Aggregates the quarrying division of Aggregate Industries and Newbold has been operating since 1960.

Trust Helps Rainbows Celebrate Silver Jubilee

July 2012

Barton’s thriving Rainbow units celebrated the Silver Jubilee of their national organisation with a trip to an exciting party at the Churnet Valley Railway thanks to a grant from the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust that funded a coach for the day.

Part of Girl Guiding, Rainbows is for girls aged five to seven and Barton under Needwood’s two units has nearly forty members most of whom joined Staffordshire Girl Guiding at a ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’ held recently on the Churnet Valley Railway near Leek.  This included a ride on a steam train and travelling through a tunnel with all the lights off.

Trust Backs County Rugby Champions at National Sevens Tournament

April 2012

Barton’s John Taylor High School Year 11 under 16 rugby squad, winners of the Staffordshire County Championship Sevens in 2011 played in new kit to the national Sevens tournament representing Staffordshire in London on 25 March thanks to a £580 grant from the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust.

Trusts £5,000 Grant Helps Barton Church Upgrade Toilets

February 2012

Barton under Needwood’s thriving Christadelphian church, centre of their local congregation, has completely refurbished the toilets in their Common Hall and provided disabled facilities thanks to a £5,000 grant from the Barton and Dunstall Key Trust.

Trust Unveils Barton's New Village Information Panel

January 2012

Visitors to Barton under Needwood’s village centre car park are now better able to find their way round the historic, vibrant village and locate principal attractions, businesses and recreation facilities thanks to a new information panel unveiled recently by the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust.

Funded jointly by the Trust and the National Forest the £2,000 oak framed panel joins others in Gilmore Lane, Ashtree Road Pocket Park, Collinson Park Recreation Ground and at the Parish Council’s Main Street noticeboard to form a network of information panels illustrating the history and attractiveness of this East Staffordshire village whilst identifying the wide ranging amenities that help make the village tick.