About the Friends

Introduction

The “Friends of Buckden Towers” exists to support the owners of Buckden Towers in the care and maintenance of the property, and to promote the profile of The Towers as an interesting place to visit.

The “Friends” are constituted as a Charitable Trust and Registered Charity, First Registered on 5th May 1977. Registered charity Number: 273480.

The Trust’s Deeds may be viewed on request to the Chairman of The Council of Management at the address in the footer.

A Council of Management composed of up to 12 members, some of whom are also Trustees, run the Charity.

The Council raises funds, which are dispensed in the management and activities of The Council, and in the provision of grants towards the owners of Buckden Towers in connection with the purchase of furnishings and the maintenance of the property.

Fund raising activities are through membership fees, grants, social activities, giving tours to the public, and through specialist events such as an Annual Plant Sale Day and Heritage Day.

The Annual Report and Accounts for the last financial year may be viewed on request to the Chairman of The Council of Management at the address given above.


 


Grants to the Owners

Some of the grants made to the Owners over the last few years may be viewed below;

Year Amount In Respect of....
2014/2015


Total -
£2400
£943
£5236
£8579
General Maintenance
New Tables and Chairs for the Friends Refectory
New Decoration of the friends Refectory/
2015/2016



Total -
£2400
£4799
£6775
£693
£14667
General Maintenance
Curtains for the Kings Room
Contribution Towards Kings Room Floor Replacement
Reconstruction of Knot Garden Viewing Platform
2016/2017

Total -
£2400
£500
£2900
General Maintenance
Reconstruction of Knot Garden Viewing Platform

 



The Mike Kiely Memorial Trophy

A trophy was presented to The Friends by a Member to commemorate the memory of Michael Kiely, RIP, founder member of the Trust and a Council Member and Trustee. The trophy called the Michael Kiely Memorial Trophy is awarded annually at the AGM to the member(s) of the Trust who has/have, in the Council of Management’s opinion, made some significant contribution to some aspect of the Trust’s work.

The Following are the recipients over the past few years;

Year Recipient Contribution
2013/2014 Malcolm Conby Has been Chairman of The Council for many years and has
enthusiastically supported all the activities of The Friends.
2014/2015 Ann Nicol Has organized the Plant Sale and has been active and supportive
of The Friends over many years.
2015/2016 Christine Lawrence For her contribution in coordinating and giving tours of
Buckden Towers over many years
2016/2017 John Thelwall Has been Chairman of The Council for four years and has
enthusiastically supported all the activities of The Friends.

 

Membership of FoBT

New members are always welcome.

Please contact "admin@fobt.org.uk" for full details


Address

The Friends of Buckden Towers
The Towers
High Street
Buckden
St Neots
Cambridgeshire
PE19 5TA



Contact Email Address

admin@fobt.org.uk