The Midsomer Norton Community Trust

The Community Trust supports over 100 local community groups and around Midsomer Norton.

Registered Charity 1180809

Our Mission

To constantly strive through the provision of spaces for voluntary groups, events and activities to create a community for the people and run by the people of Midsomer Norton which supports each person from the cradle to the grave to live a full and abundant life.

The objects of the Charity are:

  1. The provision, for the benefit of the inhabitants of Midsomer Norton in Somerset and the surrounding area, of facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation and other leisure-time occupation for individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances with the objective of improving their conditions of life.
  2. The advancement, for the benefit of the inhabitants of Midsomer Norton in Somerset and the surrounding area, of such other objects or purposes which are exclusively charitable according to the law of England and Wales in such manner as the Trustee may in its absolute discretion think fit.

What buildings does the Trust run?

The Trust oversees day to day management of three community buildings within the town – the Town Hall, Unit 14 and the Orchard Hall. As such it provides homes for a vast range of community activities. The Town Council has acquired these buildings from B&NES under Asset Transfer and the Trust aims to secure its own leases from the Midsomer Norton Town Trust.

As well as having anchor tenants it also provides a range of spaces that are home or available on an ad-hoc basis for approximately 100 of the town’s community groups – from keep fit to arts and crafts, family activities to health and wellbeing workshops, prayer groups to yoga.

The Trust is constantly working alongside the buildings’ current tenants to improve the facilities. For example the installation of the surround sound system and fully digital projection system for the Community Cinema at  the Town Hall, applying to the British Film Institute for new cinema chairs, the acquisition of professional PA and lighting systems and the building of the fully licensed Sarah Ann Bar. Meanwhile over at the Orchard Hall work has just been completed on a complete refurbishment of the kitchen to vastly improve the user experience as well as providing exciting new opportunities to the community.

What events do we organise?

The Community Trust is involved in the organisation of over 100 Community events a year  – including community cinema, National Theatre Live, public debates and consultations, markets and a range of live music concerts – including folk, jazz, opera and classical. These have provided opportunities for members of the community that weren’t previously available, with around 5000 visits per year to the Community Cinema alone.

The Trust has also organised a number of major town events – establishing the popular Midsomer Arts Festival and Pride in June, Wassailing and Midsomer Norton Fayre and M-Fest music festival in July and the Christmas event in December.

We have also been instrumental in supporting the return of the Midsomer Norton & District Carnival to the town centre since 2015 which brings an estimated 8,000 people to the town on the second Monday in November each year as well as raising thousands of pounds of local charities and good causes.

Combined, these events helped create a real sense of civic pride and community and at the same time have supported the High Street economy.

None of this would be possible without volunteers…

With the exception of the role of Trust Manager – everything that happens is down to volunteers whether it’s serving drinks in the Sarah Ann Bar or locking up every night. So why do people give their time? Talking to many of those who join in at the Town Hall in particular it seems to be all about being part of a community – a sense of belonging and there never being a dull moment.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Midsomer Norton Community Trust, call 01761 419133