Bletchingdon has three village charities. The Bletchingdon Charity (Reg No 201584), founded over 300 years ago, it was established to help the poor and needy within the community, and to support the “fledgling” school. The Village Hall Charity (Reg No 304270) first registered in 1963 was established to maintain and manage the village hall for the benefit of the community.
This continues to this day, in respect of both Charities.
With the potential to develop a new building which would house both the School and the Village Hall, it was felt that the Bletchingdon Charity and the Village Hall Charity would become better associated if there was a new charity which could support them both. The Bletchingdon Community Foundation (BCF) was registered as a charity (Reg No 1154891) in 2013, precisely to do this, and embracing the objectives of the other charities into its own. It is in fact a Private Limited Company (Reg No 07556227 – in 2011), managed by a board of Directors who are also its trustees. The initial board composition was two Trustees from each of the two older charities and one, as chair, from the Parish Council. As a result the BCF became the Trustee for each of the other charities, and the management on a functional level was delegated to a chosen committee, in each case, initially comprising the ex-trustees of each charity. The BCF has responsibilities to comply, not only with the Company Law but with Charity Law on behalf of the three charities.