We will make a small loss this financial year. Funding from our main local authority source had been cut significantly. Donations and severe cost-cutting were our salvation. Funding from that main local authority source will shrink further this coming year. While Corsham Town Council will continue to allow us rent-free use of Arnold House and maintain its funding as in recent years, it cannot be expected to do more.
We are not alone. All of Wiltshire’s TICs are in a similar position. Some of the 16 have already gone under.
Corsham Area Development Trust Ltd (CADT) runs the Corsham Area Heritage & Information Centre. It has since October 2006. The CADT started with 2 directors – Ian Storey and Peter Tapscott. Last summer Peter decided to concentrate on the Heritage Centre part – and to make room for somebody else to assist Ian in fighting Corsham TIC’s corner. It had become clear that establishing the Friends of the Corsham Area Heritage Centre as a standalone organisation was in Corsham’s best interests.
With his considerable knowledge of Wiltshire Council, Ian set out to get the best deal he could for Corsham’s TIC. Then, in late November, Ian sadly passed away.