Do you love Carmarthenshire? Do you care about our heritage, landscape and the environment? Would you like to be involved at the start of something new and exciting?
Ymddiriedolaeth Drws i’r Dyffryn – The Tywi Gateway Trust was set up to support the community based redevelopment of the Bishop’s Park at Abergwili, and was fortunate to receive funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to make this happen. The Grade II registered park, with its pleasure and walled gardens, is notable for its cultural and archaeological history, and also for landscape features like the Great Meadow, the Bishop’s Pond (a Site of Special Scientific Interest) or the famous ‘ha-ha’. At its heart is the former Palace of the Bishops of St Davids, a listed building, which is now the Carmarthenshire County Museum.
Our vision is to create a place that we can all be proud of – for enjoyment, recreation, learning, participation and fun. Our new visitor facilities will be integrated with those of the Museum to help assure the future of both – a truly unique partnership. Two new members of staff have recently started work – the Trust Manager and Head Gardener – who will give the project new impetus.
At the end of the development phase some of our current Trustees are retiring shortly, and we are looking for a maximum of 5 new trustees to join the Board to deliver and sustain the project in the long term. The role of our Trustees is to ensure that the organisation functions within legal and financial requirements of a charity, and to be responsible through teamwork for overall governance, leadership and strategic direction.
We are particularly looking for people with managerial experience in finance (our current Treasurer is leaving in November), as well as fund-raising, education, heritage attractions, marketing and social media. However, skills in business, horticulture, the built and natural environment and the arts would be of interest. We would also like to see more Welsh speakers on the Board, as well as people with experience of working in or with membership organisations in the charitable sector.
Find out more on (CC3) The Essential Trustee https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-essential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-cc3