Community group has fingers crossed for charitable status

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A Glemsford group is hoping to achieve charitable status to allow more funds to be put into village events.

Glemsford Angels has applied to the Charity Commission to become a charitable trust.

If successful, the group, founded in 2008, will be able to allocate extra money from fundraising to activities.

“It would make a difference in terms of VAT,” said committee member Len Young, from Lower Road.

“We would not have to pay as much from our fundraising so more could go to good causes.

“We felt that, as we are now getting substantial sums in, we wanted to put things on a sounder footing.”

The group – started in the Angel pub – helps support the village’s youth and social clubs and puts on a summer tea party and Christmas dinner for the elderly.

“So much good has come out of it,” said Mr Young.

“The Christmas dinner started up after I spoke to a resident who said he was on his own at Christmas and had just had beans on toast for tea. Now we have 120 people who come along.”

This year, the group, which has eight committee members, has 10 events planned and receives help from the WI and businesses in the area.

“What we raise goes into the village and everyone supports us,” added Mr Young.