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The Moor Pool Heritage Trust was set up as an incorporated 'not for profit' private company limited by guarantee with an initial 6 directors. These were Rob Sutton, Adrian Millicheap, Jules Bellingham, Dave McGee, Igor Cusack and Nigel Bartram. Sadly Dave McGee, who had given great support setting up the Trust, passed away in 2012. New directors included local residents Jill Howes, Sarah Copley and Simon Stirling who increased still further the skill base of the Trust Board.

Residents were encouraged to become Members of the Trust and to be then able to exercise a right to vote at general meetings.

The Directors provided information through the Trusts website, the Moor Pool Duck Newsletter and social media whenever possible.

The Trust entered into with Banner Homes who agreed to transfer various lands and buildings to the Trust which they have been obliged to provide as part of s106 planning agreements. Not only would this expand the scope of the community facilities retained by the Trust protecting them for the future but also strengthed income streams necessary to support the future maintenance liabilities.

The Trusts objectives in its Articles of Association are:

To promote, for the public benefit:

(a) the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment within the Area; and

(b) the promotion of community participation in healthy recreation for the benefit of residents of the Area through the use of community facilities; and

(c) the advancement of education, including promoting knowledge of the social and architectural history of the Area.

The Trust applied to the Charity Commission and was granted charitable status which enabled a much wider range of applications to funding organisations as well as maximising what is quite limited income. The Trust is a vehicle to secure Moor Pool for the future and to enable everyone to continue to enjoy and benefit from the various features forming Nettlefold's original vision for a garden suburb community which provided not only better living conditions but a wonderful environment. Beyond that, Moor Pool has an important historic value and remains an almost intact example of a garden suburb built on co-partnership principles from what was an extremely important period in Britain's town planning history.

The Moor Pool community facilities were in danger of being auctioned off by Grainger plc. To prevent this and ensure all the facilities were kept together a deal was agreed with Grainger plc to acquire them for £325,000. The residents had 12 months to raise this sum. A massive fundraising programme ensued with many different types of events of which more information can be found on the MPHT website. On the website is a virtual wall listing the many donors, a significant number of which don't even live on the Estate but who came forward and generously gave towards the cause.

It would be appropriate if in time a more permanent 'wall' was built, perhaps with brass plates or imbossed bricks to recognise those donors who gave and those who may wish to continue to support the many projects of the future.
In one of the most significant moments since the Estates inception members of the MPHT Board and their Solicitors sign the legal documents acquiring the community facilities in 2014.

The video is by Wendy Lloyd and captures many of the events leading up to the successful saving of the Estate.
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