Trust seeks new chairman

Press release March 6th.

Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust is seeking a new chairperson.

Following the death of Brian Kingshott, only the Trust’s second chairman in 28 years, vice-chairman David Dixon took over as chairman until the annual general meeting on June 10 this year.

Now the Trust, which is restoring the historic Lichfield and Hatherton canals for the benefit of the community, is looking for a long-term successor.

The role is unpaid but will provide a great deal of satisfaction to the right person.

The new chairperson will be the public face of the Trust; will lead at major meetings with outside bodies, will chair the monthly Council meetings and other major internal meetings; and will ensure that the Trust complies with obligations as a company (including on finance and health and safety) and as a charity.

The role involves working at least one full day a week on average, but can be more in busy weeks. The new chairperson is likely to be someone with broad experience of relatively large organisations, probably at executive level, able to take a strategic view; able to communicate well and get on with most people, and enjoy getting involved as an active participant i.e..a “team player”, not just a “figurehead”; possibly recently retired and wishing to devote time and energies to a voluntary body.

Knowledge/experience of canals, though useful, is not vital, but sympathy with the canal cause and commitment to a long-term project (with many obstacles along the way) is essential.

Anyone interested in the position should email David Dixon -       Read about the job in more detail here.

Tom Reid

From 6 April 2016, treatment of investment earnings changes when there will no longer be a tax credit on any dividends paid. Donors could find themselves in the position of not being tax payers which could invalidate their Gift Aid declarations and having HMRC demanding the Gift Aid tax credit back!

Please let the Trust know if your Gift Aid declaration will no longer apply from that date.  Note this only affects tax on dividends - other forms of income and capital gains tax will still support Gift Aid.

However as a last chance to take advantage of credits up to 5th April, a donation could be made to the Trust now: go to

Bob Williams

Source of this information:

LHCRT  News  March 2016

Tax changes that might affect your gift aid

March 9th.

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