Whitby Historic Lifeboat Trust
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However, a recent search of the charity number returned "no results" for the number 1111707 that the charity had when I was a trustee, further investigations revealed that the charity is now shown as "Recently Registered" as a CIO-FOUNDATION despite it having been originally registered in 2005. Reading through the rules for becoming a Charitable Incorporated Organisation there are a greater number of latitudes avaialble to trustees, though I would not see that initial advantages of the charity in terms of being an unincorporated association that needs to be incorporated into a CIO? There are buildings/transfer of staff and pensions to have to consider, one can only imagine there being finaicial incentives to wipe out the past hsitory of the charity to become a CIO-FOUNDATION.
the It is presented on the Comission website as having been registered on the 14th December 2021 it now has a new designated number of 1197124? As a 'recently registered' charity it does not have to update the charity overview, but more importantly it is not obligated to provide any financial history until 10 months after its first financial period, thus its past finaicial hisrtory seems to be obscure in view of this recently registered charity?.
When submitting the information for the charity there appears to be a degree of poetic licence for example:
On the 17th January 2022 the following funds were declared to the commission;
Data for financial year ending 31 December 2021, were an income of just £500, a far cry from the £20,336 income in 2008 with the 2021 expenditure of £2,244
The William Riley trustees reveal that Mr Peter Thomson is no longer the chair though the boat does not move on the water without him at the helm, Mr David Charlton remains the only trustee in place from the very start of the resoration of the former lifeboat. although he is the primary contact for the the charity;
Whilst there has been changes to the "Charitable Objects" they are minimal.
1) TO ADVANCE THE EDUCATION OF THE PUBLIC THROUGH THE PRESERVATION, OPERATION AND EXHIBITION OF HISTORIC LIFEBOATS ASSOCIATED WITH THE TOWN OF WHITBY AND ITS ENVIRONS.
2) TO PRESERVE HISTORIC LIFEBOATS ASSOCIATED WITH THE TOWN OF WHITBY AND ITS ENVIRONS AND ENSURE THEY ARE OF EDUCATIONAL INTEREST, CONTRIBUTING TOWARDS YOUNG PEOPLE'S KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF LIFEBOAT SERVICES IN GENERAL.
3) TO PROMOTE ANY CHARITABLE PURPOSE OR PURPOSES WITHIN WHITBY AND THE SURROUNDING AREA AND WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO THE CHARITABLE WORK OF THE ROYAL NATIONAL LIFEBOAT INSTITUTE.
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