Cleeve Wood Road Shops Regeneration Group
In 2016 members of the business committee at Cleeve Wood Road shops set up an official constitution and officially formed a regeneration group committee with charitable intent. The Cleeve Wood Road Shops Regeneration Group meets quarterly (with separate meetings throughout the year to plan for the Christmas event) to discuss matters effecting the rank of shops, vote on issues and makes plans on how to improve the area around Cleeve Wood Road shops in Downend, Bristol. Our aim is to improve the independent shopping area at Cleeve Wood Road shops in Downend, Bristol and make it as welcoming as possible to encourage shoppers to visit. We hope to do this by both enhancing the area visually for visitors and by raising the profile of the rank of shops via social media and this very website. The committee consists of a selection of business owners and members of staff who work in Cleeve Wood Road shops.
Our Committee Members
The regeneration group consists of the following members (in alphabetical order): Michelle Cipolla (Cleeve Wood Pharmacy), Louise Chapman (M Coleman Estate Agents), Adam Jones (West 70 Photography), Marcus Jones (West 70 Photography) and Alison Workman (Style Collection). The committee meetings are also attended by other businesses within the rank when possible. The committee are responsible for planning the annual charity event. The regeneration group kindly receives monthly donations from certain businesses within the rank of shops who wish to participate, these are: Animal House Vets, CJ Hole, Cleeve Wood Pharmacy, Co-Operative Funeralcare, Downend Bikes & Scooters, Four Seasons Takeaway, M Coleman Estate Agents, Style Collection, Victoria’s Health & Beauty, Webbs Flowers and West 70 Photography. The money donated from these businesses is saved throughout the year to put on the Christmas event (see below) as well as to pay for ongoing maintenance of the public / shared areas. The Christmas event also relies on kind donations from businesses in the Bristol area (typically in the form of raffle prize donations which helps raise money on the day of the event) as well as through a donation towards running costs from Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council.
The regeneration group has charitable intent whereby we put on an annual fundraising event – “Christmas at Cleeve Wood Road Shops“. The event is mostly self funded by the businesses in the rank of shops (with a contribution to running costs from the local parish council). The aim of the event is to raise money for local causes. The event itself is usually attended by a large number of local residents and gets local press coverage.
At the event we have various attractions including fairground rides, stalls, games, meet santa, hot food and drink as well as a large raffle which is comprised of prizes donated through kind contributions from local businesses. This all raises money for our chosen charities on the day of the event. All profits from the event are then shared between the charities and the regeneration group.
Throughout the year that follows the regeneration group use money from the funds raised to support local causes in the immediate area which need financial backing or support.
The charities we support are chosen every year by committee vote. They are charities in the local area or with a local connection to Downend, Bristol and the surrounding area. The money raised at the event is then split between the chosen charities and the regeneration group. Charities that have been supported in the past have included The Wallace & Gromit Grand Appeal, B.U.S.T, Jessie May, St Peters Hospice, The Charlton Farm Trust and Heart Animal Rescue.
At the 2016 Christmas event over £1400 was raised for local causes.
The regeneration group falls under the “small unincorporated” charities classification as it makes less than £5,000 a year. As such we are unable to apply for charitable status and obtain a charity number as we do not make enough money to qualify. The work we do throughout the year is not for profit and is done to solely benefit either other local charities or to improve the area via the regeneration group. From gov.uk: “If your charity is based in England and Wales and isn’t a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), you don’t have to apply to register it if its annual income is less than £5,000. You can apply to the commission to register this sort of charity voluntarily but the commission will only consider applications in exceptional circumstances. For example, if you can prove that your charity has been offered significant funds but has to provide a registered charity number before it can receive the funds.” For more information about our charitable status please visit: https://www.gov.uk/unincorporated-associations.
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