Kinver Edge became a National Trust property in 1917 when the Lee Family bought 200 acres from the Webb Family and immediately donated it to the National Trust. The Kinver Edge Committee was then established by members of the Lee Family and a group of local people who were dedicated to Kinver Edge – and in due course to the Rock Houses too – and to the long term future of the property. At that time the National Trust had very little direct input into the day to day management of the property and the Committee played a very significant role as custodian of this very special place.
The Committee, under the Chairmanship of Sue Wright who represents the Lee Family, is looking forward to celebrating the Centenary in September 2017. The role of the Committee has changed over time, from taking virtually sole responsibility for day to day management of the property in the early days, to a more advisory role to the National Trust today. The Committee is rightly proud of its independent status and its history of leading many initiatives, not least the restoration of the Rock Houses during the 1990s
Today the Committee is made up of twelve voluntary members who share a love of the property and a commitment to its future. The key roles of the Committee today include:
- representing the views of the local community and advising the National Trust on management of the property
- acting as a reference point for liaison between the National Trust and the local community
- accessing funding and grants to support the work of the National Trust
- working directly with the National Trust to deliver specific projects
- encouraging local participation in developments on the property, through promotion of volunteer groups
The Committee work closely with the National Trust to deliver its vision for Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses. We are also looking to further develop communication with and links to the local community as part of our planning towards the Centenary celebrations in 2017.
If you require further information about the work of the Committee or you would like give your views on current or future developments on the property, please contact the Committee through the email addresses given below.
Mick Grove (Communications Officer) firstname.lastname@example.org
John Sharkey (Secretary) email@example.com