In 1997 it became known that GMPTE were open to offers for the sale of a disused bus turn- around that they had created in the centre of the village in the late 1970’s.
The land was adjacent to a large private dwelling that was interested in purchasing the land and redeveloping it as tennis courts. Around this time the Countryside Commission had just started their project to form 250 Millennium Greens across the country by the turn of the year 2000. A group of residents held a meeting in the village church to gauge the interest of the community and a steering group was formed in order to pursue the funding that was available to create a public area in the village centre. The driving force behind this was Peter Morris, Tony Rogers and Mike Dutson who ploughed a lone furrow until the funding was agreed and the existing Trust set up. We are grateful to both Peter, Tony & Mike for their energy, drive and persistence in getting the Green completed.
Unfortunately, Peter Morris never enjoyed the full benefit of his labours as he moved away from the village shortly after the completion of The Green and didn’t get to see the numerous community events he helped to create. Tony did the same in 2014, although remains in the district.
A design for the Green was drafted in conjunction with the village school and the Green today still has many features that the school children wished to see, such as a pond and outside classroom area. Unfortunately, the school children did not get to use the Green very much as shortly after the Greens’ completion the Labour-controlled local Council decided to close the school after 130 years of educating local children.
The whole process of design and construction took over three years from inception to completion – such is the urgency of Government Quangos. One of the qualifying criteria was that a charitable trust was formed by residents to manage the upkeep and running of the Green and keep it open for enjoyment by the wider public. The charitable trust is still running with the trust members being active in their fundraising so that residents and visitors alike can continue to enjoy the Green today.
The Millennium Green Trust is a formal group with a written constitution. As a registered charity it is held to a higher standard of record keeping and administration than the Affetside Society. As all Trustees are volunteers who work full time, it was decided to keep the administration as minimal as possible, therefore most of the village social events are undertaken by the Affetside Society and only the annual Summer BBQ is run by the Millennium Green Trust. The Millennium Green Trust holds an Annual General Meeting to appoint Trustees, or confirm the ongoing involvement of the existing Trustees. The meeting is usually held early in the New Year at a mutually convenient time.
All monies raised by the Millennium Green Trust are used for the upkeep of the village green, and the work done on it is undertaken by the community who give up their time for the wider benefit. The local Council do not undertake any work at all.
The Trustees for the Affetside Millennium Green Trust are held by the Charity Commision and all are residents of the village. The Trustees are nominated each year, should new Trustees be required or if any new persons wish to become one, or the current Trustees are asked if they want to continue in their current role.
The current list of Affetside Millennium Green Trustees is noted on the Charity Commission website, which can be found here
Chairman – Anthony Davies
Secretary – Karen Hunter
Treasurer – Michael Dutson