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By adrians, Feb 3 2019 12:22PM

Once again, Bourne Corn Exchange was filled with a capacity audience for the annual Len Pick Memorial Evening. The speaker this year was Gervase Phinn, educationalist and author who entranced the audience with his hilarious tales of his career in in the Yorkshire Dales as a School’s Inspector.


The evening celebrates the legacy of our founder and benefactor, Mr Len Pick, on the anniversary of his passing in 2004. Present Chairman Gerry Burrows was particularly pleased to be able to announce that since inception the Trust has now donated over £1,000,000.00 to charitable and voluntary causes and activities benefitting the town of Bourne. Put another way, that is £1,000,000.00 in funding that our town would not have received without the legacy that Len Pick left to the Trust which bears his name.


In closing his remarks, Gerry announced that he was pleased to make a start on the second million of donations and asked volunteers from Lives Group who were providing first aid cover for the evening in the Hall to step forward and accept a cheque for £6,800 to cover the cost of ongoing training and re-accreditation of the Bourne volunteer first responders together with the supply of equipment for 2019. Lives volunteers are part of Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service and provide Local volunteer response throughout the County.


We are again indebted to Roadphone NRB and Matt Bostock for their provision of audio-visual services at the event also Jamie & Sue Lawrance for providing the evocative video of the 100 year anniversary commemoration of the end of the First World War. We also would like to thank the Bourne Corn Exchange Staff and last, but not least, the volunteers who help make the event possible.




By adrians, Feb 3 2019 12:15PM

Trust Chairman Gerry Burrows was very pleased to announce at the Memorial Eveningcthat since inception, the trust has been able to provide grants amounting to one million pounds to voluntary organisations and charities, in our area of benefit.


The slides below demonstrate the breakdown of the amounts paid under the various grant category headings,


We are now starting on the second million!!



























By adrians, Feb 3 2019 10:37AM

Community groups using Bourne Methodist Church Hall are benefitting from the provision of replacement windows thanks to an £11,000 grant from the Len Pick Trust.

Our Chairman, Gerry Burrows, was delighted recently to attend at the regular Saturday Coffee Morning to formally handover our cheque and inspect the completed works. A cheque of £11, 918 was handed over by the trust to the property committee of the church to pay for the much-needed improvements. David Windsor, property committee member said: “We are very thankful that the Len Pick Trust has granted us the money to enable the completely renewal of all the old windows and guttering. The building is now so much warmer and welcoming".


By adrians, Jan 10 2019 03:58PM

Dyke Baptist Chapel and in particular, its attached schoolroom, housed for many years Dyke Village Primary School until its closure. The Chapel continues to house weekly services for the congregation and The Schoolroom now provides a valuable amenity as a rehearsal room and storage facility for the local amateur dramatic group Bourne Footlights.

Our Chair, Gerry Burrows and fellow Trustee Trevor Peacock, were pleased to meet the Chapel & Schoolroom Trustees on a very sunny morning earlier this week to inspect the finished damp proofing and timber treatment that has recently been carried out to the building at a cost of some £9,000.00. Mr Richard Knipe, chair of the Chapel Trustees said, “The funding from the Trust has not only enabled us to carry out the necessary repairs but has also enabled us to face the future confidently as custodians of this heritage building”.

Pictured Gerry Burrows and Trevor with Richard Knipe and fellow Chapel trustees, Kate Swain, Terry Birkenshaw and Anna McIvor.


By adrians, Jan 5 2019 10:19AM

All tickets for the 2019 Memorial Evening with Gervase Phinn were sold out within 45 minutes of release this morning.