Trust's £2000 Grant for Firefighting & 'Recycling' Courses

September 2013

Barton under Needwood’s new fire station was the venue for local youngsters on a firefighters course in the Easter holiday designed to give young people good work-related experiences, skills for life after school and opportunities to change their ways of life. Later there’ll be a ‘Recycling’ course when young people will strip down & refurbish scrap bicycles. The courses are funded by a grant of £2,000 from the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust.

Trust Sponsors Dunstall Village Information Panel with £900 Grant

August 2013

Dunstall, one of East Staffordshire’s most tranquil and attractive rural communities within a short walking distance of Burton on Trent, is now sporting an Information Panel giving details of footpaths, notable buildings and local history thanks to a grant of £940 from the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust & similar support from the National Forest.

Designed to help visitors find their way across the delightful valleys and hills that feature in the local Borough Council’s leaflet “Easy Walks in East Staffordshire”& known locally as ‘Dunstall in the Dale’ the newly installed Information Panel is set at the village centre crossroads.

Close to St Mary’s Parish Church, Dunstall Hall and Dunstall Cricket Club the new panel, project managed by Mavis Brown of Dunstall Parish Council, gives visitors information on local amenities and the history of this delightfully peaceful community.

First Winner of Key Trust Leadership Award at John Taylor High School

July 2013

Beth Slatcher-Greenwood of Barton under Needwood is the first winner of the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust’s annual award for Leadership at the John Taylor High School and received the new award at a recent glittering Presentation Evening at which the school’s outstanding students received their annual awards.

Top Flight Cricket Club Wins £5000 Grant for All Weather Practice Nets Refurbishment

July 2013

Derbyshire Premier League and family focussed Dunstall Cricket Club has won a £5,000 grant from the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust towards the cost of refurbishing their practice nets at the Club’s Deer Park ground between Barton under Needwood and Burton upon Trent.

Barton Tennis Club Nets Major Grant for Courts Refurbishment

May 2013

Barton’s popular & successful Tennis Club has won a £7,500 grant from the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust towards the re-surfacing  & refurbishment of two of their courts at Holland Sports Club.

With a thriving membership open to all ages, tennis played year round and a new coach being appointed to encourage more young players, the Club meets regularly at Holland Sports Club in Barton.

“It’s fifteen years since these courts were re-surfaced so the playing areas were very worn and badly drained and we’re very grateful to the Key Trust for their £7,500 grant towards the major expenditure, that was beyond our resources, needed to bring them up to scratch” said Charles Theaker, membership secretary, who masterminded the application to the Trust.

Adrian Wedgwood, chairman of the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust, said “We’re delighted to support Barton Tennis 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 Announces Leadership Award for John Taylor High School

April 2013

The Barton & Dunstall Key Trust is establishing a brand new Leadership Award at Barton’s John Taylor High School that will be launched at the school’s annual Presentation Evening on 11th.July. Set to recognise the best of the school’s four House Leaders the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust Award for Leadership will be presented to the House Leader who has excelled in the role and gone above and beyond the call of duty.

All four House Leaders will be acclaimed at the event following which the winner will be announced and presented with the Key Trust’s Leadership Award perpetual trophy, together with a cheque for £100, by the chairman of the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust. Additionally the 2013 Award winner and those in the future will have their names inscribed on a new Honours Board to be displayed at the school for students, parents, staff & visitors to see.

Mike Donoghue, Principal of John Taylor High School, said “We’re delighted that the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust is launching this splendid award recognising the critical role our House Leaders play in the vibrancy of the school and will encourage others to strive for excellence in this key attribute for their personal development”

Key Trust Appoints New Clerk

February 2013

Following a widely advertised recruitment programme that generated several quality applicants, all of whom were interviewed, the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust has appointed Lesley Warren as clerk to the Trustees. Lesley, who is moving from Burton with her family to live in Barton, is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser with a Managerial & Administrative Honours Degree from Aston University.

Adrian Wedgwood, chairman of the Trust, said “Lesley’s previous experience in the voluntary & charity sector, coupled with her professional expertise and desire to ‘Help make a Difference’ in our community will be of great value to the Key Trust guiding us as we grow in stature in the years ahead”.

After an induction and briefing from Sheila Sharkey, the Trust’s Interim Clerk and Alec Jones, our Special Adviser on financial matters, Lesley will take up her new role in early March. “We’re enormously grateful to Sheila Sharkey for her dedicated & sterling work following the sad departure of the late Pam Wright” commented Adrian Wedgwood.

Barton Rainbow Leader Beats 800 UK Guides to South American 'Gold' Team & Wins £500 from Trust Towards Her Costs

February 2013

Selected after an exhaustive interview process in Bristol from over 800 UK applicants Miriam Ridley, a qualified Rainbow leader from Barton under Needwood, is set to travel to Guyana in South America on a Guiding Overseas Linked with Development (GOLD) project in the Summer and has received a £500 grant from the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust towards the £2,300 she has to raise to pay for her trip. Currently taking A Levels at Barton’s John Taylor Academy and set for University to study speech and language therapy, Miriam will be part of a team of six young women from around the UK working in Guyana to develop Guiding through leader and camp training.