Bampton Heritage & Visitor Centre
Who We Are
We have been a registered with the Charity Commission since 2013 (Registered Charity No. 1156194) and operate using their guidance and standard constitution. We submit annual accounts and reports to them as required.
Our three overall charitable aims/objects are:
To conserve our heritage and inspire interest and learning through our centre
To promote the town and contribute to the community
To develop rewarding and valued volunteer roles and experiences
The Charity is governed by Trustees who set the strategy for the Centre, run it on a day-to-day basis, coordinate volunteer recruitment and training and ensure the effective use of resources.
The last AGM took place on the 2nd March 2021 and confirmed the following 6 Trustees. The Trustees then elect the officer posts:
Liz Redfern (Chair) - re- elected 2019 for 3 years – 2022. Elected as Chair in December 2020.
Happily retired from a life-time nursing career in the NHS, I love being part of the Bampton community after settling here 12 years ago. The Heritage Centre is one of the first things I volunteered with, and I have been a Trustee since 2013. Meeting visitors from all over the world and working with volunteers is interesting, fun and never dull. My friends would tell you I’m an extrovert and an organiser and so this type of volunteering suits me down to the ground. 20 years serving on health and charitable boards comes in useful too.
Judi Thomas (Vice Chair and Secretary) – re- elected 2019 for 3 years - 2022
I bring over 40 years’ experience of working in the public and charity sectors and volunteering in communities to my role as Trustee. My skills lie in education and community development and participation. I have been a Trustee and Secretary since the project inception in 2012.
I lead our volunteer recruitment and support programme and love helping volunteers get real satisfaction and pleasure from their roles whilst making new friends and learning about Bampton’s heritage. I am passionate about developing new and innovative ways of telling the stories of our collection – history doesn’t stand still and nor should we.
Rachel Macdonald (Treasurer) – elected 2019 for 3 years - 2022
When retired, I moved from North Yorkshire to Bampton – where we holidayed regularly. In order to learn more about the area and get to know people I volunteered at the Heritage Centre. This was ideal, as history, particularly cultural history, is of interest to me. I became very involved with the Buildings Project. I soon became a Trustee and then took up the post of Treasurer. I happily picked up this role as I could draw on my background in business management to help keep the Heritage Centre on course financially whilst moving forward with its many exciting projects.
Ken Mills (Curator) – re-elected 2020 for 3 years - 2023
I moved to Bampton having retired from my job in marketing industrial ceramics internationally from a base in the USA. I joined the Heritage Centre as a Trustee in 2012, having the brief of organising a display of Bampton-related historical items. I have acquired and catalogued many items from various sources. I organise changing exhibits in addition to a permanent display. I also provide feedback to people enquiring about various aspects of Bampton’s history, in conjunction with local historians and residents. I am the Centre representative at the Devon Museums Group and at the Mid Devon Attractions Association.
Wendy Boothroyd – re- elected 2021 for 3 years – 2024
I have some expertise in natural science, agriculture, anthropology, education and public health, and have enjoyed a long career in higher education and management, largely in the field of public health education. I have worked for public, private and charitable organisations on both a salaried and a voluntary basis in the UK and Europe.
Alison Brooker – elected 2020 for 3 years - 2023
Having worked in education for over 16 years, focussing on Pastoral Support and co-ordinating both volunteer and professional agencies to engage and support children and their families, we moved to Bampton in 2016 looking for new challenges and opportunities. Very early on I became involved in making costumes for The Players applying my love of sewing and textiles. I am a Governor at Bampton School and became a trustee of the Heritage Centre in 2018.
The Trustees meet regularly with agendas and minutes. Volunteers are invited to join the meeting by request and agendas are circulated beforehand. Following each meeting a Newsletter is sent to all volunteers to update them on decisions from the meeting and other relevant information, to keep them informed.
Since 2016 Trustees have been elected by the volunteer group. Our election process established in 2015/16 introduced the principle of 3 Trustees standing down in each of the first two years to provide continuity at the same time as the opportunity to introduce new Trustees. The normal term of office for the elected trustees will be 3 years and they will then be eligible to stand again.
Other relevant policies related to BHVC can be found here (to be added!)
If you are interested in volunteering with us please click on Volunteers.