Red Hall - and Chairman Ivan FullerWelcome to the Bourne United Charities

It has been a busy year for the town of Bourne and the Bourne United Charities.

The Queen’s Jubilee festivities were complemented by the opening of a new 4 acre wildflower ‘Jubilee Meadow’ to the south of the Well Head field. The first summer, this looked fantastic and will mature and improve over the years. A board walk behind St.Peter’s Pool towards the Meadow is already in use. Great credit for the creation of the meadow, and for the high quality of BUC owned Well Head, Memorial Gardens and the Abbey Lawn has to go to our hard working grounds staff Andy Scotney and Hayley Pateman.

Andy has now been with the BUC for 25 years and was recently presented with a gift from the Trustees in gratitude of this achievement [please see photograph].The Cenotaph in the Memorial Gardens has been cleaned in time for the Remembrance Day service, and new flags have been installed. The boarding of the west bank of the River Eau has been a great success and was completed in time for when the Olympic torch relay ran through the town. It was a great spectacle to see the streets of Bourne being lined with so many people. The riverbank will be further improved next year by a row of spring flowers, as a mass of bulbs are currently being planted along this Memorial Gardens riverbank.

Another great sporting event in this year’s calendar was the BRM day, which saw the town heaving once again. Congratulations were well earned by the brilliant organisation of the BRM committee. We were very proud to support this event and other projects given financial sponsorship have been as diverse as the regular annual contribution to the Scifest science festival held in Bourne, the Toolbar organisation [who help people get back into work] and payments of money to the Bourne Education Foundation which distributes extra funds to the schools of Bourne, to name a few.

The Almshouses on West Street have recently had improvements made to them, and other parties have benefitted from individual charitable grants as well. The plans for the months ahead include a tree planting programme throughout the BUC owned green spaces along with other varied projects including the make- up of the Trustees to see if we can widen the skill mix of this voluntary body.

Carl Pears



We are indebted to Rex Needle for providing pictures and historical data for the web site.