About The Evesham Abbey Trust

The Evesham Abbey Trust (registered charity 1165547) was founded to accept the generous offer by the Rudge family of the site of Evesham Abbey. The trust is a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) which was created on 24 October 2015.

The charitable objective of the trust is to conserve, preserve and improve for the public benefit the natural and man-made heritage contained within the site and environs of Evesham Abbey, Evesham, Worcestershire.

The aims of the Trust are very much in line with Evesham Town Plan (published 2015) which recognises Evesham's heritage as a key asset, incorporating as it does a number of important buildings and sites. (To download the Plan click here).

The town is currently home to a collection of separate historic buildings and sites: the Abbey walls with the surrounding parkland; All Saints and St Lawrence Churches; the Bell Tower; Almonry Museum, and the Simon de Montfort Memorial in Abbey Park. The aim ultimately is to bring all these together into a single 'Heritage Quarter', with appropriate interpretation, and educational opportunities, and with the planned Heritage Gardens as the centrepiece. All involved in this ambitious project believe it will greatly enhance understanding of the historic importance of these sites, and create a feature that will be the pride of the town and a major attraction to visitors.

 

Honorary President

Mr Stan Brotherton is a qualified accountant with a strong IT background. He is passionate about local history and has helped to manage the Bell Tower Appeal and restoration project and has written a number of local history books. He was a founder member of the Trust, serving as a Trustee from November 2015 until May 2018, when his work demands require him to stand down. He was then made Honorary President in recognition of his contribution to the Trust.

Patrons 

Roy Strong

Sir Roy Strong

Sir Roy Colin Strong is a nationally renowned art historian, museum curator, writer, broadcaster and landscape designer. 

David Cox

Dr David Cox

For over fifty years Dr Cox has been writing scholarly works on Evesham Abbey, the Battle of Evesham (1265), and other aspects of the Vale of Evesham. Born near Evesham in 1945 and educated at Prince Henry’s Grammar School and UCL, Dr Cox was appointed assistant editor of the Victoria History of Shropshire in 1972 and became county editor in 1999, retiring in 2002. From 1997 to 2002 he also lectured in history at Keele University, where he was co-director of the Latin and Palaeography Summer School and founder of the Shropshire Record Series. He was elected FSA in 1978.

Nigel Huddleston

Nigel Huddleston

Nigel Huddleston, who lives in Badsey, became MP for Mid-Worcestershire in 2015. He has a particular interest in tourism and the digital economy, and sits on the Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

 

Trustees

Barrie Baldelli - Chair

Barrie has significant experience in community development and journalism. An intrinsic part of his work in community development  has been fund-raising, public fiscal support, and encouraging volunteer engagement. Appointed 24th October 2015. 

Sue Ablett PhD

Prior to retirement Sue served for twenty years as Executive Director of the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (a national organisation and registered charity).  She chaired Evesham Abbey Bell Tower Appeal; has been involved with various other local charities; and has been the driving force for Evesham Festival of Words since its inception in 2016.

Galen Bartholomew  MBA - Vice Chair

Galen was brought up in Evesham and returned to the town when he retired.  He has been interested in Evesham Abbey and Evesham’s history throughout his life.  During his career he held senior management positions in contracting and education.  Galen has been a Governor of two schools and he is delighted to work for and serve organisations connected with the county and city of his birth.  Currently these include St. Richard’s Hospice and the Evesham Festival of Words, as well as the Evesham Abbey Trust.  Galen was appointed a Trustee in 2019.  

Chris Bloomfield

Chris has spent 30 years as a trained horticulturist working in the Amenity/Landscape sector.  Chris also Chairs the Evesham Arts Association, helping to promote both the performing and visual arts in and around Evesham.  Community development and Volunteer engagement have been core to Chris’s work within both the arts and his involvement with numerous other local community groups. Chris was appointed in September 2018.

Gillian Pawson BSc, MA, MRTPI (rtd) - Treasurer

Gill practised as a planner for over 40 years, working for local government and running her own planning practice for 16 years until she retired in 2016. Gill moved to Evesham in 2018 to be closer to her family and to enjoy getting to know the town and the wider surrounding countryside. Appointed in September 2019. 

Elizabeth Spencer

Elizabeth has spent over 42 years in education. Her teaching career started at Pebworth First School and then Cleeve Prior Church England First School. In 2002 she became head teacher of Badsey First School. In 2010 she became head teacher of St Richard’s Church of England First School. She retired in 2016. Elizabeth was appointed on 31st October 2017.