News from the Trustees

2010 Membership Renewal
Membership fees have been held at 2009 levels, and the Trust has decided not to introduce payment by standing order or direct debit for the time being, in view of the cost involved. We hope to substantially increase membership in 2010.

Appeal for New Trustees
The Trust is keen to strengthen its Trustee body in the coming months, and invites mem­bers to consider taking on this responsibility. The Trust is likely to decide to move to a new corporate structure (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) which is being developed under the new Charities Act to make life simpler for Trustees of small charities. If you would be interested in becoming a Trustee, please contact Company Secretary Peter van Zeller.

Looking further ahead
The second Object of the Trust is as follows:
“To advance the education of the public in the history, heritage, geography and geology of Eskdale so as to increase their understanding of the built and natural environment.”
Trustees are assessing how this second object might be moved forward, in order to conserve the unique social, environmental, agricultural and industrial heritage of Eskdale. There is a danger that much of this heritage may be lost or forgotten in an era of rapid change. Links are being strengthened with Eskdale & District Local History Society and other local bodies.

Hydro-electric power generation (cont’d) Initial funding has been provided by the Lake District National Park Authority, which is keen to initiate work of this type where appropriate. A National Park survey shows that the Whillan Beck has great potential for hydro-power, although any such development will have to safeguard the exceptional scenic value of the gorge alongside the Mill. Much will depend on the level of the feed-in tariff” to be introduced by the Government in 2010.
The capital cost of such a development will be high, but it would then provide a small additional revenue stream for the Trust and at the same time contribute to the ‘greening’ of Eskdale valley.