The Charity is governed by a team of seven Trustees, four of whom are appointed by Walberswick Parish Council, two co-opted by the Trustees and one ex-officio Trustee provided by the Sole Bay Team Ministry. The current Trustees are:
Mr Adam Cooke (N)
First appointed a Charity Trustee in September 2019. Adam and his wife, Rachel, were married in Walberswick in 1985. He is a solicitor specialising in intellectual property law. Adam is the immediate past Chair of Highgate Cemetery, the resting place of Karl Marx; and the current Chair of SOS Sahel International UK, a charity which supports nomadic cattle herders and others in Ethiopia and Sudan. He has a passion for trees and the environment.
Mr James Darkins (Chairman) (C)
First appointed a Charity Trustee in June 2006. James was born in Ipswich and brought up in Norwich, his father having a shop in Halesworth. He emigrated to New Zealand in the late 1980’s, returning to the UK in 2001, before making Walberswick his home three years later. His association with Walberswick goes back to searching for real ale in the 1970’s. James career has mostly been in property and financial services. His particular interest is in ensuring that the Charity continues to evolve to meet the needs of today’s Village and that it supports diversity and inclusion for all in our community.
Mrs Amanda Erlenbach (C)
First appointed a Charity Trustee in August 2015. Amanda lived in Walberswick in the 1950’s. She came back to the village in 2000 and served as a parish councillor for a few years. She is passionate about the environment and particularly bird life.
Revd Canon Simon Pitcher (EO)
First appointed a Charity Trustee in July 2021. After a 15 year career on British Rail, including a time as Station Manager Bury St Edmunds, Simon attended Ridley Hall, Cambridge from 2000 to 2002. Ordained Deacon in 2002 and Priest in 2003 at Wakefield Cathedral. He spent his curacy in Halifax and then as Priest in Charge of Heckmondwike and Liversedge, just outside Dewsbury, from January 2005 until June 2010. Served as Rural Dean of Birstall between 2007 and 2010, and as Wakefield Diocesan Adviser on the Environment. Also served as a Diocesan and National Vocations adviser. Moved to Southwold in June 2010 as Team Rector of the Sole Bay Team, and as Rural Dean of Waveney and Blyth between 2011 and 2019
Mrs Catherine Goodchild (N)
First appointed a Charity Trustee in December 2000. Kate was born in Southwold and has lived in Walberswick for 65 years. She has a first-hand knowledge of the Village and its inhabitants. Prior to her retirement she worked for a local building contractor for 30 years. She is a Director of Walberswick Car Parks and Treasurer for Walberswick Village News. Her main role within the Charity is assisting individual beneficiaries.
Mrs Hannah Sutton (N)
First appointed a Charity Trustee in January 2015. Hannah was brought up in Halesworth and moved to Walberswick in 2008 She and her husband Lee live in Church Lane and have two daughters. After an initial career in caring, Hannah became a Teaching assistant at Yoxford & Peasenhall Primary School in 2019. She first became a Trustee in 2015 and has taken a lead role in organising Village events for children, including the children's club, Christmas party, summer sports and performing arts. Hannah's passion is ensuring that Walberswick remains a safe and welcoming place for families to enjoy.
Mrs Karen Lewis (N)
First appointed a Charity Trustee in January 2021. During her business career Karen has lived in many different villages around the UK with her husband Andrew and 2 dogs. They settled in Walberswick in 2015 when she became semi-retired. She hopes that her varied previous experience in industry and the various volunteer roles she undertook in the not-for-profit sector will enable her to add value to both the WCLC and the wider community. Karen loves to walk the Suffolk Countryside with the family and has an ambition to do all the long distance walks in Suffolk starting with Sandlings Walk which was completed last year.
N = Nominative Trustee appointed by Walberswick Parish Council C = Co-optative Trustee appointed by the Trustees EO = Ex-Officio Trustee
Any questions or comments about the work of the Charity will be welcomed by the Trustees.
For all matters, please contact the Clerk, Matthew Wetmore, using our Contact Form or email: email@example.com
Postal Address: WCLC, PO Box 73, Halesworth IP19 0AU
REGISTERED CHARITY No: 206095
More about the work and operations of the Charity can be found in the Policies & Reports section