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  Coombeswood Canal Trust

The Objects of the Trust

The objects for which the Trust is established are:-
to stimulate public interest in and appreciation of the history, structure and beauty of the Dudley Number 2 Canal and with the aim of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom such facilities are primarily intended, to provide or assist in the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure activities at or near to the Dudley Number 2 Canal including Hawne Basin (hereinafter called "the Canal") including the restoration, improvement, enhancement, development, maintenance, conservation of and making fully navigable the Canal and the promotion of its use by all appropriate forms of waterborne traffic and the promotion of a public footpath and right of way along the length of the Dudley Number 2 Canal.

Read/download the 'Guide to the Dudley Number 2 Canal: Windmill End to Hawne Basin' , written by Ivor Chambers.
A hard copy is available in the bridge hole as you approach the Dudley No.2 canal at Windmill End, you will need a BW key to access .

Why the Company Limited by Guarantee and not having a share capital - Coombeswood Canal Trust Ltd - was formed
The original Trust had, as you would expect, Trustees, but what may not have been so obvious is that these people actually carried a tremendous amount of responsibility and personal financial risk.

In the event of some sort of catastrophe, in the final analysis, and if all else has failed (including winding up the Trust), there is still not enough money to pay all the creditors/claimants in full, it is possible that the Trustees could be called upon to make good the shortfall from their own funds. This could mean bankruptcy and total destruction of their lives.

In the past this has not been seen as anything more than a vague possibility, but in these days of heavy litigation for relatively minor matters and of the courts awarding settlements that make most people gasp, it is now seen as totally unfair that the Trustees should be asked to shoulder this potential burden.  We have therefore converted the Trust into a Company Limited by Guarantee.

This is a type of company normally used as a vehicle for a charity and is guaranteed by the members of the company to the extent that they will contribute, in our case £1 (one pound), to any deficit in the event that the company is wound up. Every member of the Trust will be a member of the Company.

Instead of Trustees the company has Directors - Governing Council members - and these are the people who will not only run the Company but also ensure that it complies with the law of the land and its own objectives and rules.

If the Governing Council members fail to carry out their duties diligently they will be subject to the law as embodied in the Companies Acts and may carry personal responsibility.

The new Company has taken over all the assets and liabilities of the original Trust.

The Trust has been given permission to drop the word "Limited" from the name.

The following documents may be useful in helping you to understand what has been done. Please click on the document links below to view them.

CCT LTD Memorandum 2001            CCT LTD Articles 2001



Coombeswood Canal Trust, a Company limited by Guarantee
Hawne Basin, Hereward Rise, Halesowen, West Midlands, B62 8AW.
Telephone: 0121 550 1355   
SkyName: coombeswood
Registered Charity No. 1088978