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Green light given to buy historic beauty spot

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A community group will try to raise £750,000 to buy a much-loved beauty spot.

The Heavens Valley Action Group have been handed the green light to take donations to raise the necessary funds to purchase the 102-acre Thrupp farmland, which features a waterfall and meadows, used widely by visitors and known as the Heavens.

They also expect to be given charitable status, which mean that the group will be eligible for Gift Aid on donations from UK tax-payers, making every donation worth 25% more.

Co-coordinator of the group, Karen Thomas, said: “This is a really exciting time for us as we have finally evolved from an informal group of campaigners into a legally constituted society. If all the pledges made so far by generous supporters are converted into cash, we will have raised more than £250,000 towards the purchase of Thrupp Farm. 

“Then our fundraising drive will continue in earnest as we need to raise the rest of the £750,000 purchase price – to repay some generous individuals who have offered to lend the remaining money needed – as soon as possible. We ask anyone who has not already done so to fill in the pledge form on our website – it could never be more urgent.”

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Details of fundraising events will be posted on the Heavens Valley Action Group’s website and social media channels. 

Meanwhile, as part of its new legal status, society members have to appoint up to 12 directors, and there are three positions available for members of the community who are not already part of the group. Karen explained: “Being a company director is a responsible and potentially time-consuming job – and it’s a voluntary role, so it won’t suit everyone. But this is a great way for individuals who can bring specific skills and different backgrounds to make a significant contribution to the future direction of the CBS and help preserve our Heavens for the community for ever.”

Anyone interested in being a director can email info@heavensvalley.org.uk for more information. 

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