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:

 Photo of Adam Cooke  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. 


 Photo of James Darkins   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.  


 Image of Amanda Erlenbach  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.  


 Photo of Rev Brian Fisher  Rev Brian Fisher (EO)

First appointed a Charity Trustee in June 2003.  Brian has lived in Walberswick since 1996, following his marriage to Christine Mitchell.  After ordination as a non-stipendiary Anglican priest in 2002 he joined the Sole Bay Ministry Team. He became a trustee of the Walberswick Common Lands Charity as representative of St Andrew's Church. He had previous experience as a trustee with Norfolk & Suffolk Relate. 


 Photo of Kate Goodchild  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.  


Photo of Hannah Sutton  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.  

Photo of Rita Woodcraft  Mrs Rita Woodcraft (N)

First appointed a Charity Trustee in January 2013.  Rita is a life-long resident of Walberswick, now retired after working at Yoxford Primary School for 30 years. She is a director of Walberswick Car Parks Ltd.  Committee member of Sole Bay Care Fund, and the Patient Participation Group at Sole Bay Health Centre. Participates in all village life.  

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:
Postal Address: WCLC, PO Box 73, Halesworth IP19 0AU


More about the work and operations of the Charity can be found in the Policies & Reports section