Q: Why are you raising money and what will it be used for?
A: The money raised will be used towards the promotion of the hill bred Fell pony in line with our constitution.
Q: What have we done with fundraising so far?
A: The FPHT Accounts.
In 2019 we raised £150 to support an exhibition on the hill bred ponies heritage. The exhibition was held at the Rheged Centre, Penrith and we had over 9,500 people visit
In 2019 our founder Libby Robinson, raised £2,045 to support Mr Potter of the Greenholme Fell Ponies towards his legal expenses for defending his grazing rights. All this money was paid across to Mr Potter.
In 2019 our founder Libby Robinson held a coffee morning at the Courthouse in Shap and raised £900 to support Mr Potter of the Greenholme Fell Ponies towards his legal expenses for defending his grazing rights.
In 2018 our founder Libby Robinson raised £395 to support Mr Potter of the Greenholme Fell Ponies towards his legal expenses for defending his grazing rights. All this money was paid across to Mr Potter.
Q: Why aren’t you registered with the Charities Commission?
A: As we are in our infancy stages with charitable aims, our income is small (less than £5,000 a year) and as such are not required to register with the Charities Commission. The commission does however produce guidance notes for small unregistered charities, which we follow. Click link here.
As the FPHT grows, registration will of course be part of our governance moving forwards. Reference here.
Q: Why haven’t you held an Annual General Meeting (AGM)?
A: Due to the social restrictions with COVID-19 over the past 12 months, it has been difficult to mobilise an AGM hosted online. The government guidance for charitable organisations states ‘We recognise that for some charities virtual meetings are not a viable solution, nor are socially distanced face-to- face meetings. In such instances trustees may consider they have no choice but to cancel or postpone their AGMs and other critical meetings. As such, we decided to postpone our first AGM until further notice.
Q: You have talked about setting up a Fell Pony Heritage Centre, how will this be funded and who will operate it?
A: One of our long term aims at the FPHT, is to establish a heritage centre with grazing rights as a place of promotion and education which will help to safeguard the future of the hill bred Fell pony. These plans are still very much in their early stages and for the time being, we are focussing our efforts on raising awareness of the hill bred Fell pony and supporting those breeders who continue to do this essential job.
Q: Who will own the assets of the Fell Pony Heritage Centre?
A: Because our plans are still at an early stage, we cannot be certain what form the Heritage Centre will take, or what the sources of funds will be. We can confirm that any assets funded by public subscription or public donation will be declared in our accounts, and will remain the property of the Charity, and will be managed in accordance with the guidelines set by the Charities Commission.
Q: Who are your Trustees?
A: The Trustees are as follows: