Keystone Law’s charity partner Robert Meakin has assisted the Wright’s Clock Land Trust in modernising and incorporating the charity.
Based in Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire, the charity was set up in 1525 after local philanthropist Richard Wright bequeathed land to a trust, the rent from which would be for “the repairing and keeping of the clock in the parish church of St Vigor’s, and the ringing of the curfew and the day-bell”.
The Trustees have subsequently sold approximately half of the Clock Land to Cambridge University’s oldest college, Peterhouse, for £18.5 million, achieving an enormous financial windfall for the charity, as recently reported in The Times.
With assistance from Keystone’s experienced charity partner to modernise the charity with updated governance and using the money from selling the land, the Trustees have now widened the scope of the charity’s objectives to include work throughout the church and churchyard, and, by giving grants, to advance any purposes with charitable public benefit in the parish.
David Gant, Trustee for the Wright’s Clock Land Trust, said: “The Trustees very much valued Robert’s expertise in Charity Law, plus the fact that he was local – so we easily could talk face to face. He was responsive and concise, and we know that he will be ready to help us if and when we need further assistance.”
Robert added: “I am thrilled to have worked with the Trustees of the Wright Clock Land Trust to turn it into a modern charity which will benefit the whole community in Fulbourn.”