On Friday 20th September Anne and Mike Hutchinson had the pleasure of representing CTC Lancaster and South Lakes at a meal to celebrate eighteen years (2001 - 2019) of local grant making by the Galbraith Trust. The meal was held in the Banqueting Suite, Lancaster Town Hall.
Two questions may be in your mind - who was Ian Galbraith and why was he relevant to CTC Lancaster and South Lakes?
To address the first point - Ian Galbraith’s parents ran a hardware business in Lancaster, on Gage Street, where Hester’s Haberdashery shop and Ladbroke’s betting shop are now based. Knowing Ian, I’m sure he would approve of the haberdashery store, but maybe not the betting shop! When his parents passed away Ian inherited the store and took over the running of it. After his death around 2000 he left a considerable estate, a large slice of which he wanted donating to local charities. The Trust was set up to make grants to organisations (not individuals) for any charitable purpose. The receiving organisations did not need to be registered charities, but the activity for which they sought a grant must be charitable. The people benefiting from the charitable activity must have lived in Lancaster District (as defined by the boundaries of Lancaster City Council).
Since it began in 2001, the Trust has distributed over £800,000 to local voluntary and community organisations.
The second question - what was Ian’s connection with our club. Ian was a keen cyclist and had led club runs for us. Mike gave a short speech at the celebratory meal, including an anecdote about a ride Ian led one November when we rode to Slaidburn, over Bowland Knotts for tea at Clapham then home. Just three rode that day: Ian, Gordon Druce and Mike - come to think of it they must have still been in their fifties when that happened!
Many years later CTC Lancaster applied for a grant from the trust to help us set up the system for showing digital images at social evenings. [That's the one that is now way out of date but, at the time of the grant, it was avant garde technology, and expensive.]
From a personal view point we (Anne and Mike) had four points of contact with Ian - the hardware shop, fellwalking in the early 1970s, club runs- in the 1990s and tennis and Mike mentioned junior tennis. When our son Neil won the junior tennis tournament at Kendal in the mid 1990s the shield he held for the year had previous winners on it - which included Ian Galbraith, Bowerham Tennis Club, 1957].
Now in 2019 the trust has been wound down, and the meal was to celebrate the contribution the Galbraith Trust has made to the local voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. Mike and I were grateful that we had known Ian and glad to represent our club at this event.