About Us

We are a local charity, currently with 8 trustees, focussed on the area of Yateley, Frogmore and Darby Green.

About Us

We are a local charity, currently with 8 trustees, focussed on the area of Yateley, Frogmore and Darby Green.

Why we do the things that we do!

The Charity Commission guidance explains that a charity constitution is a legal document that sets out: Its charitable purposes (‘objects’). What it can do to carry out its purposes (‘powers’), such as borrowing money. Who runs it (‘trustees’) and who can be a member. This all sounds very formal, but it means that we are very clear about who we are, what we do and what rules and regulations we adhere to.

As far as you, the community, are concerned, the key information of interest comes from our “Object clauses” – these detail what are aims are as a charity and every single activity undertaken and decision made, is cross referenced against these object clauses to ensure that we remain focussed with our primary goals.

The Object Clauses for The Yateley Society are:

1. To educate the public in the geography, history, natural history, and architecture of the area of benefit.

2. To secure the preservation, protection, development, and improvement of features of historic or public interest in the area of benefit.

3. To promote high standards of planning and architecture in or affecting the area of benefit.

4. To secure the enhancement of the biological diversity of the ecosystems, the conservation of the natural and semi-natural habitats, and the protection of the characteristic flora and fauna within the area of benefit

How we deliver against our Object Clauses

  1. Education

There is a great deal of emphasis on communicating, and engaging, with the community to fulfil our objective of “educating”. We hold monthly talks, typically the first Thursday of the month at Monteagle Community Hall, where we invite speakers to talk on a variety of subjects pertinent to our community. There are planned walks, visits and social events, all designed to inform and educate both members and non-members.

2. History

A number of our members are interested in local history research including Yateley families, houses, churches, pubs and farms and of course Yateley Common.  Every so often, a topic will spark interest and a group will begin a project. This the leads to publications and indeed books – such as “Yateley in the Great War”.

Our research projects have also contributed to a substantial increase in the numbers of listed buildings and to the designation of two further Conservation Areas. The Society would not have won so many of the planning inquiries concerning listed buildings and conservation areas if we had not presented well researched historical evidence about those buildings and their setting. However, we are conscious that there are still buildings in need of being listed (to avoid neglect, decay and demolition) and more assistance with this is most welcome.

3. Planning

Although the home to some 21,000 people, the urban housing areas are separated by strategic gaps of green land which remain under severe threat from development. We cannot ignore the need for sustainable development, but the quality of Yateley as a place to live depends upon maintaining the right balance between development and the natural environment. Because of its key location next to urban conurbations, Yateley is perpetually under threat from new development – which residents may or may not consider unsuitable for the area.

The Society encourages members to monitor planning applications for all major developments in Yateley, our local conservation areas and common lands.

4. Conservation

There has been a great deal of activity over the last few years from a conversation perspective. The Yateley Society has been heavily involved with Yateley Climate Action Network (YCAN) and Yateley Town Council to increase wildflower meadows on grass verges around the parish. We have also been instrumental in obtaining a donation by the Woodland Trust of 420 trees for planting in the parish on the land owned by Yateley Town Council and residents.

 

How we deliver against our Object Clauses

  1. Education

There is a great deal of emphasis on communicating, and engaging, with the community to fulfil our objective of “educating”. We hold monthly events, typically the first Thursday of the month at Monteagle Community Hall, where we invite speakers to talk on a variety of subjects pertinent to our community. There are planned walks, visits and social events, all designed to inform and educate both members and non-members.

2. History

A number of our members are interested in local history research including Yateley families, houses, churches, pubs and farms and of course Yateley Common.  Every so often, a topic will spark interest and a group will begin a project. This the leads to publications and indeed books – such as “Yateley in the Great War”.

Our research projects have also contributed to a substantial increase in the numbers of listed buildings and to the designation of two further Conservation Areas. The Society would not have won so many of the planning inquiries concerning listed buildings and conservation areas if we had not presented well researched historical evidence about those buildings and their setting. However, we are conscious that there are still buildings in need of being listed (to avoid neglect, decay and demolition) and more assistance with this is most welcome.

3. Planning

Although the home to some 21,000 people, the urban housing areas are separated by strategic gaps of green land which remain under severe threat from development. We cannot ignore the need for sustainable development, but the quality of Yateley as a place to live depends upon maintaining the right balance between development and the natural environment. Because of its key location next to urban conurbations, Yateley is perpetually under threat from new development – which residents may or may not consider unsuitable for the area.

The Society encourages members to monitor planning applications for all major developments in Yateley, our local conservation areas and common lands.

4. Conservation

There has been a great deal of activity over the last few years from a conversation perspective. The Yateley Society has been heavily involved with Yateley Climate Action Network (YCAN) and Yateley Town Council to increase wildflower meadows on grass verges around the parish. We have also been instrumental in obtaining a donation by the Woodland Trust of 420 trees for planting in the parish on the land owned by Yateley Town Council and residents.

Projects continue with regard to the ongoing threat of the de-registration of our common land at BlackBushe, as well as the ongoing maintenance of Yateley Common.