We are a vehicle through which historic buildings and places in Cheshire find a new purpose, and in addition to our trustees, our members include:
All enthusiasts for the historic environment are welcome as members and all Trustees are volunteers. We have no paid officers and are grateful for the support of the Chester Civic Trust for the use of its administrative services.
Our plan is to widen and increase membership and activity in 2024 and we hope to expand our activity on projects of interest. Please contact us if you would like to get involved, review our future buildings for action or make a donation.
Our Public Face
We are grateful for the support of Cheshire West and Chester Council in funding our new website and graphic identity. Thank you to Jane Harrad-Roberts for taking on this task of managing our website and publicity.
Our Chair Tony Barton is now ‘Heritage Lead’ for the Chester One City Plan and Chester GAS and supports the Chester Civic Trust’s Heritage Committee.
Our support from and partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council has facilitated a fundraising initiative to locate contactless donation points at heritage-based locations and events. The first permanent installations on Chester City Walls has now been installed in Thimbleby’s Tower and a machine is in the Visitor Information Centre to accept donations, but the level of funding from this is just under its costs, so far.
We received some donations during the national Heritage Open Day celebrations when we opened the King Charles Tower over 2 weekends in September, but the amount per recorded visitor was low.
Our focus is on a stabilisation and salvage proposal to remove the conservation deficit in return for future public benefit. This has been accepted by CW&C and we wait to see how the project develops. The Council’s plans are uncertain at the time of the AGM.
We continue to support CHASE (Cheshire Heritage and Sustainability Enterprises CIC) as plans for the change of use to a careers and interpretation building for alternative energy solutions develop. The proposed design has been well received, and there is some further work to be done on the environmental aspects of the restoration.
CHBPT have been in discussion with the Canal and River Trust and the developer owners of the Listed Flatshed, but we have yet to receive anything other than encouragement. The building is in increasing peril and we have been told that the owners are, yet again, ready to take forward plans for a new life for the building.
We have kept in touch and continue to express interest and encouragement, including making an offer to buy for £1. The Church of England has been marketing the building and bids have been received for Boughton St Paul’s.
It is hoped we can focus attention additionally on Chester Castle and the Rows, and any building on Cheshire’s Buildings at Risk list for 2024.
Our next AGM is December 2024.