We welcome the following members to their new posts following today’s AGM at Barford:
Colin Newby continues as Overseas Director
Ann Bradnum succeeds John Hay as Wales Region Director
Tim Brown succeeds David Salter as Northern Region Director
The following statement was also issued as an AOC Members briefing on the progress and future aims of the Alvis Archive Trust
Members will be aware that our long search for suitable premises to house the documents and related memorabilia of the club finally came to fruition with the rental of office accommodation at Bowcliffe Hall, Wetherby, West Yorkshire. Followers of the Trust`s website will also be aware of the excellent facilities that exist at Bowcliffe Hall with its long history in motoring and aviation. We do however strongly urge all members to investigate the Bowcliffe estate by either checking out its own web site or indeed arranging a visit with the Trustees to view in person the Trust`s collection.
With premises secured and items being displayed and catalogued we now move on to the next stage in our development. The Trustees have long held the view that to promote the Trust as a viable proposition and one that operates to a recognised set of rules the pursuit of charitable status should be followed. This would, we believe, encourage more members to leave their collections to the AAT, knowing that they operate under strict charity commission procedures.
In pursuing the lease on the Bowcliffe offices a small working party was established of Trustees and Club Directors and it`s with these individuals, using their combined experience that we seek to apply for charitable status. Apart from the main benefits listed above, charitable status also brings certain tax advantages and rate relief, most useful once the Club`s monetary support reduces from 2020.
Obviously the AAT will remain very closely involved with all aspects of club life but the Trustees do feel that to develop and encourage further additions to the collection it must be seen to operate independent of the club and to the highest standards. Less than half of the Alvis cars in existence belong to members of the Club and the Trust can have broader appeal to former members and non members. We sincerely believe charitable status will provide this and urge all members to follow the Alvis Owner Club’s directors and Archive Trust plans in this matter.