Tuesday, 2 January 2018

The Bournemouth and Poole College's Centre for Wessex Young Musicians Facebook page claims it is a charity - I don't believe it is one

(Post made at 0855 UK time on 02 Jan 2018 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests). 

The Centre for Wessex Young Musicians (CWYM)'s Facebook page, set up by the Bournemouth and Poole College early in 2017, is at https://www.facebook.com/cwymwyo/.

This states that it is a "Charity in Poole, Dorset" (click on the image to see it in larger detail).


Why? And for how long has this claim (false in my view) been made?

To the best of my knowledge, CWYM has never been a charity, and neither has SWYM (the Society for Wessex Young Musicians).


I've just searched on the Charity Commission website (http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/SearchMatchList.aspx?RegisteredCharityNumber=0&SubsidiaryNumber=0) and nothing comes up for Centre for Wessex Young Musicians.

The Bournemouth and Poole College does seem to be a charity (its 2015-2016 accounts, the latest currently available, state on page 3 "The College is an exempt charity for the purposes of Part 3 of the Charities Act 2011."). (The accounts are currently available from https://www.thecollege.co.uk/sites/default/files/attachments/bpc%20-%20Signed%202016%20accounts.pdf).

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