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Our charitable objects are;

To further or benefit the residents of Shap in Cumbria and the neighbouring communities, without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race or of political, religious or other opinions by associating together the said residents and the local authorities, voluntary and other organisations in a common effort to advance education and to provide facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation and leisure time occupation with the objective of improving the conditions of life for the residents.

In furtherance of these objects but not otherwise, the trustees shall have power:

To establish or secure the establishment of a community centre and to maintain or manage or co-operate with any statutory authority in the maintenance and management of such a centre for activities promoted by the charity in furtherance of the above objects.

Our aims are;

To support the people of Shap and the surrounding area by:

retaining existing services

improving accessibility to public services and local information

supporting individuals who need access to specialist advice

promoting education, health and well-being in the community

encouraging equality and diversity

enhancing the opportunities for community development through social interaction and rural regeneration.

promoting tourism, local heritage, arts and crafts

Trustees and Officers of the Charity

The trustees of Shap Community CIO are responsible for the management of the building. They are informed by discussions with a steering group which meets monthly.

Several members of the steering group (including at least one trustee) serve on the following sub-groups;




All positions are voluntary.


Janet Wood (Chair)

Liz Kerrey

Alan Sowerby

Lynne Rumsey

To contact the Trustees, email: shapcommunitycio@gmail.com

There is an appointed Treasurer who is responsible for handling the finances of the charity and for dealing with the day to day income and expenditure at The Old Courthouse.

Treasurer: Patrick Neaves. Email: shapcommunitycio@gmail.com