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Charity for park to be dissolved

A charity which has helped to protect a jewel in the crown of Bognor Regis is to be replaced.


Hotham Park Heritage Trust’s members have raised more than £110,000 in the past two decades to enhance the popular open space. Its work with the park’s owner, Arun District Council, and other organisations and individuals has conserved and enhanced the area.


But a six-month review has ended with the charity’s trustees agreeing to dissolve it at the end of October.


They intend to create a charitable organisation – the Friends of Hotham Park – at the annual meeting next month.


A trust spokesman said:


“This is an exciting time for the new Friends to take forward the wonderful legacy that the trust will pass on as a result of all their great work within Hotham Park over the years, raising in excess of £110,000.


“None of this would have happened without the help of a wonderful team of members and volunteers who are passionate about Hotham Park’s heritage and the magnificent community asset that it is.”


The Friends need to find volunteers willing to form a committee to devise plans for 2020. The roles include a person to chair the organisation, a treasurer and a secretary.


“These exciting new roles will steer it forward for the future, while also promoting new Friends membership to join its team,” said the spokesman.


“We are looking for people to be part of the Friends team which will champion the preservation of our environment, be in the forefront of enhancing our amazing park and will protect it for future generations.”


The new committee will be formed at the annual meeting at 7pm on October 9 in the new venue of the Regis Centre’s Studio 2. More information will be available at a pop-up shop from 10am-4pm tomorrow next to the Hotham Park Cafe.

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