Welcome to the East Looe Town Trust
The East Looe Town Trust was established by Trust Deed in 1890 after the former East Looe Town Council ceased to exist. It was registered as a Charity in 1964 and was then regulated by a scheme of the Charity Commissioners dated 28 May 1980.
We became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) on 5th May 2016. Our CIO number is 1166934. Click here www.charity-commission.gov.uk and enter our number to see our information.
The primary purpose of the Trust is to administer, manage and maintain the property and land specified in the schedule attached to the Trust Deed, for the benefit of the people of Looe. This land and property includes the East Looe Promenade and beach, the Wooldown and the Guildhall. A full list is shown below.
Subject to payments for those purposes and for the administration of the Trust, it may apply Trust income for a range of charitable purposes within Looe.
Services to the public
The East Looe Town Trust is delighted to have been awarded a match funded grant by the Architectural Heritage Fund to conduct a viability study to assess costs and options for restoring the Watchtower on East Looe seafront. It has written to town organisations to seek their support and comments.
The Old lifeboat shed and Watchtower is a Grade II listed building which has played an important role in Looe's seafaring history since the first Looe lifeboat was dedicated 150 years ago. The Watchtower is a splendid looking building of strong construction, and a degree of detailing in its design which belies its utilitarian purpose. Sadly, after years of trying to fix the effects of all that wind and tide can throw at it, the Watchtower is now vacant and used to store items that will not be damaged by damp. It is therefore at risk of further structural decline.
If restoration work is to go ahead the Trust will be seeking more substantial funding, which to some extent, will depend on the level of local community support.
John Warne CB Trust Chairman said, “The Trust has a duty to protect listed buildings in its care, and to use all its assets to support its charitable purposes. We welcome expressions of support for restoration and suggestions about the future use of the Watchtower - understanding that to meet the cost of maintaining the Looe Museum, beach and seafront, Wooldown, and Guildhall, the Trust is almost entirely dependent on its rental income”.
The Beach and Seafront are at the heart of Looe’s tourist attractions and the Trustees give priority to keeping them in good order.
For details about public performances allowed on the seafront, visit the East Looe Beach page.
The Wooldown is an open space of great value to the community and, with the help of Friends of the Wooldown, we look after that, too. Services such as these are normally provided by local Councils with the power to levy taxes for the purpose.
We are also responsible for the Museum which is run by volunteers.
The New Guildhall is one of the town’s finest buildings and provides an excellent venue for weddings.
Spaces in our car parks are available to residents on an annual basis at prices which vary according to location.
The Trust’s properties are:-
- Guildhall and environs, Fore Street.
- Market House, Upper Market Street.
- Old Guildhall Museum and Gaol, Upper Market Street.
- Seafront Workshop, Church End.
- Pier Café, Church End.
- Beach Café, Church End.
- Old Lifeboat Station and Watchtower, Church End.
- The Gig House, Church End.
- East Looe Promenade and Beach – to low tide mark
- The Wooldown and Eastcliff
- Shutta Car Park
- Market Square Car Park
- Seafront Car Park
The Trust’s accounts have to be submitted to the Charity Commission annually. If you want to see the accounts most recently submitted to the Charity Commission click here www.charity-commission.gov.uk and enter our Charity number 1166934.