Magog Down

Donations

A donation to The Magog Trust (Registered Charity No. 802150) can help us in the restoration of Magog Down and in its maintenance for your enjoyment today, and for future generations.

Please send cheques to the Registered Office address. You may like to complete the donation form, which includes a Gift Aid declaration.

New Trustees welcome

Are you interested in securing the future of this fragile landscape? Consider becoming a Trustee!

We are looking for able local people interested in what we are trying to achieve with the restoration of intensively farmed arable land to traditional chalk grassland. The Board of Governors needs to have people with a wide range of knowledge and skills to inform our discussions and decisions.

Collectively we need working knowledge of current environmental issues, finance, land management and relevant legal requirements.  Governors do not have to be experts in any of these subjects as we can and do seek professional advice from experts.  We need people able to give time to helping the Trust and its small army of volunteers without whom we would be able to achieve very little.

The Magog Trust

Objectives of the Trust; the provision of facilities for

  • Recreation; dogs-on-lead site except in designated areas
  • Conservation, protection and restoration of the countryside in Cambridgeshire
  • Support of registered charities having similar objectives

The charity is constituted as a company limited by guarantee, and is therefore governed by a memorandum and articles of association. The charity’s object and its principal activity continues to be restoring the major part of its landholding to chalk pasture and woodland open for public amenity with provision for wildlife conservation and sanctuary. The charity is a registered farmer.

The charity is organised so that the Governors meet regularly to manage its affairs. There is one self-employed part-time administrator who both manages the day to day administration of the charity and supports governors organising fundraising initiatives. All work on the land is carried out by contractors or by volunteers.


Become a Trust Member

If you want to become involved in the Company, the Magog Trust, having a voting right at the AGM, then an application to become a Member will be reviewed by the Governors of the Trust. We're always delighted to hear from those who want to do more than simply making a modest annual subscription as a Friend.

For new applications, please write to The Chairman, The Magog Trust, 1 Vergers Cottage, Gog Magog Way, Stapleford CB22 5BQ, explaining why you wish to become a Member - perhaps there is a particular aspect of our work which you would like to become involved in or think you can help with?

For those who became Members before the Friends category was introduced in 2010, Membership renewal does not require this application. As of September 2016 we have around 300 registered Members, around half of whom are Life Members. There are now nearly 180 Friends subscribed and that number continues to grow as we encourage our regular visitors to help support our work.


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You may wish to leave a gift in kind or in cash to a charitable organisation such as The Magog Trust.

The Registered address of the Charity:
The Magog Trust
Vergers Cottage
1 Gog Magog Way
Stapleford
Cambridge
CB22 5BQ

Do feel free to contact us further.

Annual General Meeting

magoglogo2_60The Annual General Meeting of the Magog Trust was held on Saturday 15th October 2016.

The AGM was preceded by short presentations on “Butterflies on Magog Down” (Barbara Massingham-Stubbs) and “A day on Magog Down” (Jon Gibbs, Conservation Ranger). See News items for more about these.

The mandatory business of the AGM itself then followed. The Magog Trust is the Charitable Company which owns and manages Magog Down. The Magog Trust has no employees; much of the work on the land is done by various contractors, with administration also being provided as a contracted service. The six Governors carry out all their management oversight tasks on a voluntary basis, and the Chairman noted that they always welcome any additional people who would like to join the team.

Annual Review 2016

A copy of the full Annual Report for 2015-16 will also appear here in due course.

Trust Management

Governors

Chairman & Company Secretary:
Mrs Kathleen Foreman

Honorary Treasurer:
Mr Chris Bow

Other Governors:
Doug Clarke
Bryan Davies
Mr Jon Gibbs


President and Patrons

President:
Christopher South

Vice-President:
Joan Barnes

Patrons:
The Lord Lieutenant Hugh Duberly CBE
Ian Hay Davison CBE,
Prof. Stephen W Hawking CH CBE  FRS FRSA
David Rayner