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Final piece in the LSi jigsaw
24th September, 2021
The final piece is in place completing plans to secure the future of a Bridport icon.
Gillinghams, a firm of independent financial advisers, is the second commercial tenant of the historic Literary and Scientific Institute (LSi).
Gillinghams, which has offices in East Street, joins Crowdfunder, 3DCentre (3DC) and Bridport Area Development Trust (BADT), the building’s owner, as a partner in the project to ensure the viability and sustainability of the LSi as an asset to the community.
James Hewitt, director of Gillinghams, said: “We are extremely proud and grateful to have been supported by the Trust and chosen as commercial tenant to occupy the upper levels of the prestigious LSi.
“This move allows us the opportunity to evolve our business and continue to support the town and local area while, most important, remaining in the heart of the Bridport.”
Mr Hewitt added: “Gillinghams has been a presence on the high street in Bridport since the
early 1900s, making it one of the longest-standing local business ventures.
“The company plays an important role in supporting local people and businesses with their
financial affairs, ranging from pension management and investment support to long-term care-free planning.”
The lead tenant Crowdfunder has operated from the LSi for three years and is one of the UK’s leading crowdfunding platforms. It has forged strong local links, generating more than
£750,000 for more than 250 projects – individuals, charities, small businesses – within 20 miles of Bridport.
Crowdfunder’s sub-tenant 3DC was founded by renowned international human rights lawyers Emily Bolton and Clive Stafford Smith to mentor young people in human rights and social, economic and environmental justice.
The LSi courtyard atrium, meeting and training facilities will remain available for hire and use by local organisations with discounted rates for charity/non-profit organisations.
A BADT spokesperson said: “The Trust is delighted to have a long-established and well-respected Bridport business as a tenant in this architectural and cultural landmark.
“The new arrangements are the result of more than a year’s intense work to secure the future of the LSi by adapting to changing business conditions and the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The intention is to create an innovative relationship with the tenants to deliver something very different and dynamic for Bridport.”
The East Street building was created in 1833 as a Mechanics Institute, becoming the Literary and Scientific Institute in 1855, since when it has had a varied history, closing in 1997 as a county-run library before falling into near-dereliction. It was rescued and renovated over nine years by Bridport Area Development Trust, reopening to the public in 2018.
Agenda for the 11th annual general meeting of Bridport
Area Development Trust
To be held at the Salt House, West Bay, 6pm, Wednesday, 22nd September, 2021.
1. Apologies for absence.
2. Minutes of Annual General Meeting held on Friday, 15th November, 2019, at Bridport LSi. To accept the 2019 AGM minutes as a correct record of the meeting.
3. Presentation of the 2019/20 and 2020/21 annual reports and accounts. Previously distributed by email and on the BADT website.
Resolution 1. To accept the directors’ reports and annual accounts.
4. Election of directors (trustees).
Resolution 2. To note the retirement of the following directors (trustees): Trevor Ware, Professor Patrick Vaughan, Vanessa White, Sarah West and David Cliffe.
To elect the following Directors (Trustees). Alan Scutt, David Lee, Phyllida Culpin, Matthew Solon, Sarah Carney (Bridport Town Council representative).
5. Amendment to Memorandum and Articles of Association.
Proceedings of Directors. Item 36.
Resolution 3. The appointment of a Chair by the Board of Directors (Trustees) should be limited to a term of three years. Reappointment for any agreed term must not exceed three years and must be with the full consent of the individual concerned and the majority of directors.
6. Close of meeting.
Members of the charity have the right to appoint a proxy to represent them and vote on their behalf at the 2021 AGM in accordance with section 324 of the Companies Act 2006 and article 14 of the Articles of Association of the charity.
Nominated representatives of organisations that are members may vote without the need to be appointed as proxies. If there has been a change in the nominated representative, it is requested that a written confirmation of nomination is presented to the secretary before the meeting.
Any questions relating to the agenda and the resolutions proposed should be directed to the Company Secretary through the Trust email address at least seven days in advance of the meeting: email@example.com
A different and dynamic asset for the town
5th August, 2021
A new chapter has begun in the story of a Bridport landmark.
The running of the Literary and Scientific Institute (LSi) in East Street has been restructured (with effect from Monday, August 2) to ensure the building has a viable and sustainable future in the post-Covid-19 environment.
Owners Bridport Area Development Trust worked closely with Bridport Town Council, Dorset Council, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England and others to preserve the historic LSi at the heart of the community. It re-opened in 2018 after a nine-year restoration from near- dereliction – seven years to raise the funds and transfer the building from Dorset Council, two years of structural work.
The lead tenant is Crowdfunder, which has operated from the building for three years and is one of the UK’s leading crowdfunding platforms. It has forged strong local links, generating more than £750,000 for more than 250 projects – individuals, charities, small businesses – within 20 miles of Bridport.
Crowdfunder’s sub-tenant is 3DCentre (3DC), founded by renowned international human rights lawyers Emily Bolton and Clive Stafford Smith to mentor young people in human rights and social, economic and environmental justice.
Simon Deverell, founder and creative director of Crowdfunder said: “Crowdfunder has been helping thousands of charities, communities, businesses and individuals to raise funds needed to establish themselves and to survive the pandemic.
“As a ‘people business’, we have been counting down the days to when we can re-open the doors to Bridport and the surrounding communities.
“Crowdfunder and 3DCentre will be resetting this beautiful space in a sustainable way, creating an accessible hub for work, education, mentoring and creativity. We are going to release an exciting schedule of events, but also from Monday, September 6 ,and in line with Covid-safe government guidelines, we will offer: hot desks bookable by the day (or half-day); permanent desk spaces; meeting spaces; podcast recording and editing facilities; video conferencing; events and presentation space; and monthly network lunches.
“All facilities will be bookable in advance online on the basis that if you are profit-based then there’s a fee, if you’re a charity or community group and can’t pay then access is free (more details to follow).
“We also encourage community groups, arts organisations and others to consider the LSi as a place to host your own events. We would love to hear what you have in mind. Feel free to get in touch, to knock on the door and say hello. We are getting ready to welcome you all this autumn.”
Dr Nick Hollely, of 3DC, said: “Bridport’s 3DCentre is a pilot hub for decentralising third sector opportunities for young people. Most major third sector organisations are based in major cities. The pandemic has accelerated uptake of communications technologies that means this no longer needs to be the case.
“3DC’s tenancy is returning the LSi to its roots as a portal to a better future for young people in the area. 3DC shares space and synergy with Crowdfunder, who will help our apprentices fund their third sector apprenticeships and projects.
“3DC has 22 apprentices at schools and universities in the South West working with 3DC founder Clive Stafford Smith on projects as diverse as creating bills of rights and responsibilities for their schools, to testing off-grid renewable energy systems, to mapping out community responses to racism, to delivering 100,000 books to a bookshop bombed in the recent Gaza war, to investigating the cases of innocent people executed in the US since 1978 with the aim of putting another nail in the coffin of the death penalty.
“3DC has lots of exciting plans. Keep up to date at: web 3dc.org.uk ; Facebook https:// www.facebook.com/3DC.org.uk ; Instagram https://www.instagram.com/3dc_org/ ”
A BADT spokesperson said: “These new arrangements are the result of more than a year’s intense work to ensure a viable and sustainable future for the LSi in the face of changing business conditions and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The plans are also consistent with the aims of the Trust and the LSi in the benefits they provide to the community. The intention is to create a new relationship with the building’s tenants to deliver something very different and dynamic for Bridport.
“Crowdfunder and 3DC are involved in important social, cultural, economic and environmental issues. They are enablers and facilitators of business growth, charitable outreach and personal development. Their relationship will be close and mutually beneficial and their presence in the LSi will generate the income essential to maintaining a working building while continuing to provide a valuable resource at the heart of the community.”
Landmark plans win public support
1st July, 2021
Plans to ensure the viable future of a historic Bridport landmark have won the backing of the community.
A survey by Bridport Area Development Trust (BADT) invited feedback on its package of
proposals for the Literary and Scientific Institute (LSi) in East Street.
Three tenants will share the building: Crowdfunder, who have been resident in the LSi for three years and who wish to expand their operations in Bridport, is the lead tenant; an established local firm of financial advisers is the second commercial tenant; the third is 3DC a mentoring and skills development organisation headed by internationally renowned human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith.
Crowdfunder and 3DC are compiling a programme of activities, events, training, mentoring and access to LSi facilities which will be submitted to leading funders and stakeholders for approval.
BADT’s online Public Engagement Survey, which ran for three weeks in May, asked five
questions, with six response categories: very satisfied; satisfied; neither satisfied nor
dissatisfied; dissatisfied; very dissatisfied; not applicable. For all the questions, those respondents who were very satisfied or satisfied, heavily outweighed the dissatisfied responses.
The questions and responses were:
- How satisfied are you that the proposal meets the needs of Bridport as laid out in the LSi’s aims?
% 28.57, 20.00, 21.43, 17.14, 11.43, 1.43
- How satisfied are you with the proposal’s offer for community and public use?
% 22.86, 27.14, 18.57, 20.00, 11.43, 0.00
- How satisfied are you that the proposal creates unique and inspirational place for
enterprise and giving young people new opportunities?
% 22.86, 25.71, 22.86, 17.14, 8.57, 2.86
- How satisfied are you that the proposal creates the right balance of financial stability and benefit to the town?
% 24.29, 31.34, 15.71, 17.14, 10.00, 1.43
- How interested are you in receiving regular updates about the work and activities of the LSi?
% 22.86, 30.00, 32.86, 8.57, 5.71, 0.00
A BADT spokesperson said: “Free-text comments also offered a range of views with some looking for clarification or more information; some also offered advice.
“These comments are a rich source of information which will help the LSi tenants shape a plan to grow community engagement and understanding of what is happening in the building and what it delivers for young people and the wider community.
”The survey was sent out to the full LSi events attendees, work hub users and hirers mailing lists; BADT members; and was available through Bridport Tourist Information Centre and the LSi website.”
Overall public satisfaction with the LSi plans is shared by funders and stakeholders at national, county and local levels. In line with Historic England’s suggestions, public access will total 28 days a year, including access during Dorset Architectural Heritage Week, six annual events and two days’ free use of the community space for Bridport Town Council.
The BADT spokesperson said: “The town council is very supportive and has voted the LSi a
Service Level Agreement (SLA) of £5,000 a year for three years, which is a welcome endorsement of the Trust’s plans to ensure the building’s future as a resource for the community.”
A spokesperson for Dorset Council said: “The council is very supportive of BADT in this task, and predecessor councils have actively supported the restoration of the LSi to play a significant role for the Bridport community. The timing of the Coronavirus pandemic was not good for anyone and particularly so for the LSi in its born-again infancy. However, it is reassuring to see that lessons have been learned quickly and the proposals for the way forward seek to increase
resilience and establish a more solid financial model upon which to play a leading role in the
recovery and reshaping of Bridport.
“The council commends BADT for taking up the offer of a mentor through the Dorset Business Mentoring service, and believes this has worked for the benefit of all concerned.”
A spokesperson for Historic England’s South West Regions said: “BADT has done due diligence as landlord of the building and followed a very thorough and fair selection process. We agree that the occupancy proposal looks to be sustainable and robust and will put interesting and
exciting tenants in place to take the Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute into the future.
“We are pleased to see that the lease covers requirements of the tenants to allow public access through events, tours (including Dorset Architectural Heritage week) and meetings.”
A representative of the Architectural Heritage Fund, South West and South East, said: “We are very pleased to see that a viable proposal has been identified for the building, which will allow public access to the building, support a wide range of uses and widen community engagement through activities and events.
“The proposal and business plan outline a positive mix of tenants and an exciting opportunity for the building to become a hub for social enterprise and training, as well as generating a sustainable income to secure the building for the long term. We can confirm that AHF is broadly supportive of this proposal.”
The BADT spokesman said: “The LSi appraisal was carried out with the guidance of the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and in accordance with this major funder’s strict requirements on financial viability and sustainability, the benefits the LSi offers to the community and the preservation of the Grade II* listed building’s architectural integrity. The NLHF is satisfied that the bid feasibility studies, which were independently supervised, were thorough, fair and conducted with due diligence.”
Building a brighter future for the LSi
6th May, 2021
The use of the iconic Literary and Scientific Institute has been reviewed and reorganised to
ensure its financial viability and sustainability. The new plans combine commercial and charity tenants with community access to events and facilities within the LSi.
A spokesperson for BADT said: “The intention is to create a new relationship with the building’s occupants to deliver something very different and dynamic for Bridport.
“BADT fulfilled one of its primary purposes by rescuing the LSi and preserving the historic building for Bridport and posterity. The Trust believes the chosen proposal is consistent with its aims and those of the LSi in the benefits it provides to the community and wider society.”
More detail of the proposal is available at http://www.lsibridport.co.uk/11800-2/.
The Trustees, Bridport Area Development Trust.
About Bridport Area Development Trust
Our mission statement explains our purpose and what we are trying to achieve.
‘The Bridport Area Development Trust works in partnership to identify, plan and deliver projects that meet local need and provide long term economic and community benefit to the town and beyond.’
Our vision is simple: Building a better Bridport.
BADT has completed a number of innovative projects in the Bridport area, details of which can be found on our projects pages. We are always prepared to consider requests for support from appropriate enterprises.
Have a look at the new Neighbourhood Plan for Bridport, there are some great ideas and opportunities which the Trust will support with assistance when appropriate.
Bridport Area Development Trust
Report and Accounts 2019/20
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BADT seeks a new Treasurer
This post is unremunerated but supported by an excellent paid bookkeeper. The role is principally to compile the Annual Report and Accounts with our Independent Examiners and give helpful strategic advice to the Board of Trustees. Reasonable travel and office expenses will be paid. If you would like to help make a difference, please apply using reference TREAS20 to email@example.com