SOUTHWICK PLAYING FIELD HISTORY
(Registered Charity Number 305570)
A summary of legal and financial history taken from the minutes, other referenced sources
and the Charity Commission web site. Compiled by Stephen Carey
Conveyance dated 24/02/54 and Scheme of 28/10/77. (Charity Commission web page).
A playing field to be equipped, maintained and managed for the purposes of cricket,
football or other games or recreation for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Parish
of Southwick or its immediate vicinity. (Second Schedule of conveyance dated 24/2/54
REGISTRATION NUMBER AND DATE:
Registered as charity number 305570 on the 14.05.62. (Charity Commission web
A Public Meeting to "consider what steps should be taken to welcome home members
of the forces" led to the formation of the Southwick Welcome Home Committee
which subsequently established a Playing Field Fund.
The Secretary explained that it was a condition of the Ministry of Education grant
that the field must be held in trust by the Parish Council. This was agreed with a
proviso that if ever the field was sold, £500 should go to the Royal British
Cash available for the purchase of the field, fencing, expenses etc was approximately
£1270 consisting of £500 from the Playing Field Fund with the rest coming from
Wiltshire County Council (£350), Ministry of Education (£400) and National Playing
Fields Association (£20).
Meeting agreed to pay the 10% deposit of £110 for the Playing Field purchase.
Conveyance of the field for £1100 to the Parish Council of Southwick to be held in
trust for the inhabitants of Southwick etc. (Note only the SPFMC £500 contribution
would have to be given to the RBL if the field was ever sold - cf Second schedule of
The Parish council held a Parish Meeting to establish a Management Committee for
the Playing Field.
First meeting of Southwick Playing Field Management Committee (SPFMC). Last set
of regular minutes produced 08.11.59. Committee reformed 01.07.68.
At the AGM it was reported that whilst reviewing the rules "it was found that a Trust
Deed regarding the terms of management had not been lodged with the Charity
commissioners. As a consequence the Parish Council will, at their meeting on 6
April, draw up a draft Trust Deed for approval by the Charity Commissioners."
Final version of the "Trust Deed" became our "Scheme for administration and
management of the charity known as the Playing Field at Southwick" and was sealed
by the Charity Commissioners on the 28.10.77 whereby the Parish Council became the
Custodian Trustee and the The Playing Field the Managing Trustees.
After funding discussions with the Parish Council it was jointly agreed that the
SPFMC would manage funds provided by the Parish Council.
Because of funding and VAT problems it was agreed to consult the Charity
Commissioners about the possible handing over of the field to the Parish Council
The Charity Commission explained that instead of dissolving the charity, making the
Parish Council "trustee for all purposes rather than simply custodian trustee" was
possible but would be "costly .... require a full case in support .... not simple
convenience .... is not one which the Charity Commission would usually encourage
since local authorities often fail to appreciate that they are not free to deal with the
property of a charity in the same way as they can deal with their corporate property."
".... the legal estate in the Playing field is vested in the Parish Council, but in a trustee
capacity for the benefit of the Playing Field Charity ..... as such the land is not a
Parish Council asset in the accepted sense." (Letter from Sylvester and Mackett,
A letter from HM Customs and Excise explained that village hall guidance could be
applied to the Playing Field: "If the authority carries out work to a hall that it does
not own and receives nothing in return .... VAT will be recoverable"- Letter 26.03.99
Custodian Trustees (Southwick Parish Council) do not have any involvement in the
management of the charity - this is the role of the Managing Trustees (The Playing
Field Management Committee). They must follow the managings trustees' instructions... .
(Taken from Charity Commission website - What are holding trustees and custodian trustees.)