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Stourport's Civic Group heading for charity status
7:20am Sunday 23rd September 2012 in News
STOURPORT’S Civic Group hopes that its application for charity status will be accepted by the end of the month.
After changing one line in the group’s constitution, charity status could be granted imminently to the volunteer organisation which puts on events at the Civic Hall and Theatre.
Chairman John Caldwell said: “At present we are a social enterprise but we’re just waiting for Companies House to rubber-stamp our application.
“For us it means we’ll have access to funding and a lot more support in terms of what we can or can’t achieve and who we can work with.”
Some funding organisations will only give money to charities, and this would mean the Civic Group would have access to more potential resources.
Mr Caldwell added: “It will be easier for us to operate as a charity but we always need more volunteers.”
The Civic Group was set up in 2011 to help run events for the town.
“This year’s been fantastic, “ added Mr Caldwell, “It’s been hard work but progress is being made and we have had some great events.
“The quality is continuing to improve such as the interest we’re receiving by big names for our comedy nights.”
The group is also looking to take over management of the Civic Centre from Wyre Forest District Council once the building becomes available.
Mr Caldwell added: “We envisage a transitional handing over of the management once the council leave.”
An online survey is also being held at thecivicstourport.co.uk to find out what events Stourport people would like to see.
Last year, comedy was the most popular event idea and the group now holds regular comedy evenings.
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