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Cottage battle at charity meeting

AUTHOR Beryl Kingston has taken her fight about Blake’s Cottage in Felpham to London.

 

Beryl used the latest annual meeting of the Blake Society to continue her criticism of the charity’s role in the future of the building where the poet wrote the words which became Jerusalem.

 

She claimed she was unable to state her points at the London meeting about her allegations over the role of the charity.

 

She wrote on social media she was angry at her treatment at the meeting last Friday and would continue her battle about what happens to Blake’s Cottage with the appropriate authorities.

 

“I know that I do not deserve this treatment from a society that I served impeccably, with great commitment, passion, goodwill and inexhaustible efforts at conciliation of conflicts, as all the trustees, the chair(man) included, have repeatedly acknowledged.

 

“Apologising for the harm done is an option. That would be the beginning of a solution. It is possible, then diaologue can ensue and it’s not the end of the world,” she wrote.

 

As reported, Beryl and the society have clashed about the related Blake’s Cottage Trust and its role in the cottage’s purchase.

 

One of the main goals of the trust is to be build a visitors’ centre in the grounds of the cottage and make room for it by knocking down a 1970s extension.

 

The cost of the work is among the £1.5m the trust is seeking for work on the Grade II* listed thatched cottage.

 

Beryl and other people in the area, including the Big Blake Project, helped to raise money to buy the cottage but she claims the trust has turned it into a private project in spite of the public support.

 

She has called the trust elitist and condescending and said the attitude of its members had alienated those in the area who backed the cottage.

 

Blake lived in the cottage from 1800-1803 and immortalised his time there by comparing it to heaven. It is one of only two of his homes which survives.

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