Monday, 2nd November 2020
Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust, better known for running the Station in Richmond, recently held its annual general meeting. This year, as for many organisations, this had to be done virtually on Zoom. In spite of this restriction there was a good turnout of members, who were updated on the current situation with regard to operating the Station under the current restrictions.
The financial year 2019-2020 which finished at the end of March, was very successful in all areas, until the countrywide lockdown on 23rd March. A surplus of £10,066 was achieved in spite of losses during the last month.
The Station of course closed on 23rd March, however the tenants, Angels Share, Archers Ice Cream and Richmond Brewing Company were allowed to remain open. They all continued to operate, albeit with changed opening hours and serving customers from external doors.
It became possible to re-open in July and initially only the Café | Bar re-opened. The Café | Bar registered for the “Eat Out to Help Out” government scheme for August, which met with a very good response from the public. This was much appreciated by staff and board members.
All other businesses, including the cinema, were able to re-open during July and August. The current restrictions mean it will be some time before The Station is able to operate at full capacity, which limits the potential income. It is important to the Trust that visitors and customers will feel safe when they are inside the building, and feel comfortable to return.
At the AGM, the Chair, Ian Hepworth stood down after five years in the position and welcomed John Harris, who has taken over the role. John has been a Trustee since 2015 and has considerable experience in similar roles as a long time district and Town Councillor.
John thanked Ian for his time as Chair. ‘Ian was involved in The Station project from the start and played a major role in both the planning and bid for funding for the building conversion. Subsequently he has been both Chair and Treasurer of the Trust and a dedicated member of the Board. The community owes a great deal to Ian and other pioneering trustees. I am very pleased that Ian will stay on as a Trustee and that his considerable expertise will be available to guide us.’
To find out more about the charity, visit their website richmondshirebpt.co.uk