The following has been lodged with the Charity Commission, and will be presented at the 2013 AGM

 

                                                            Registered Charity No:  802905

  

FRIENDS OF BATTERSEA PARK

 

REPORT

 

and

 

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES

 

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2013

 

FRIENDS OF BATTERSEA PARK

 

Contents 

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                  Legal and Administrative Details                                                      1-2

                  The Object of Friends of Battersea Park                                              3

                  Trustees’ Report                                                                             4-5

                  Independent Examiner’s Report                                                           6

                  Statement of Financial Activities                                                         7

                  Balance Sheet                                                                                   8

                  Notes to the Financial Statements                                                   9-13

 

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Legal and Administrative Details

The Committee of the Friends of Battersea Park are the Trustees of the Charity.   The officers are initially elected for a term of three years; they are eligible for re-election thereafter.

Frances Radcliffe OBE                                            Trustee (Chairman)

 

Elizabeth Hood                                                          Trustee (Secretary)

 

Virginia Darbyshire                                                  Trustee (Treasurer)

 

Annabel Stein                                                            Trustee (Membership Secretary)

 

Jimmy Burns                                                             Trustee (Review Editor)

 

Michael Bates                                                            Trustee (Review Managing Editor)

 

Brian Botting                                                             Trustee

 

Steve Bunn                                                                 Trustee

 

Christopher Davies                                                   Trustee

 

Claire Elliot                                                                Trustee

 

Angela Grant                                                             Trustee

 

Aminta Hunt (co-opted)                                            Trustee

 

Inge Darling (co-opted)                                             Trustee

 

Peta-May Law (co-opted)                                         Trustee

 

Michele Marriott                                                       Trustee

 

Thomas Maxwell                                                       Trustee

 

Sally Orman                                                               Trustee

 

Annie Whicker                                                          Trustee

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 Legal and Administrative Details (continued)

 

Lloyds TSB

Clapham                                                                    Bankers

 

Mr Sven Tester                                                          Independent Examiner

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THE OBJECTIVES OF THE FRIENDS OF BATTERSEA PARK

The objectives of the Friends of Battersea Park shall be for the public benefit to secure the preservation, protection and improvement of Battersea Park (hereinafter called “the Park”) as a place of historic and ecological interest, beauty, rest and recreation; to promote the conservation of the natural plant, animal and bird life of the Park and, in particular, its retention as a semi-natural habitat for wild life; and to educate the public in the history, natural history and other aspects of the Park.

 

 

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TRUSTEES’ REPORT

 

The Trustees present their Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2013.

ACTIVITIES

During the period from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013, there were ten meetings of the Committee and 91 new members joined the Friends.

The summer of 2012 was exceptionally busy for Battersea Park.  The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant and Festival in the Park took place on 3 June.  The Cultural Olympiad’s BT River of Music Asia Stage was in the Park on 21 and 22 July.  The Friends were consulted about these events and given free tickets.  These free tickets resulted in a useful crop of new members which we hope to maintain.

The Battersea Park Dog Show took place on 17 June.  The Events Police kindly gave profits of £803 to the Friends.  We were extremely grateful for this generous donation. 

Another very successful BBQ was held at the Zoo on 19 June.  Sally Orman and her Committee worked extremely hard to raise a splendid total of £ 4,527.77 after expenses.  Once again, Ruth Forrest made a considerable contribution to this sum through her silent auction prize of photographs of Brigitte Bardot kindly donated by Terry O’Neill.  The weather was surprisingly kind and a thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all with music, dancing, delicious food, a silent auction, a tombola and face-painting.  As ever, the Friends benefited enormously from generous donations by local businesses which were much appreciated.  

The Annual General Meeting took place on 10 July at All Saints Church and was attended by officials from Wandsworth Council and over 30 Friends.  Discussions after formal business included concerns about the security of the Hepworth sculpture; aircraft noise; litter; policing of dogs, cyclists and speeding vehicles; the area at the foot of Albert Bridge; and the Adventure Playground. 

On 10 September, the Friends’ 13th Annual Sculpture Award was presented by Denise de Cordova from the Royal College of Art.  The £1,500 prize was won by Luke Burton for This & That & These & Those, an arresting combination of weighty black Victorian railings and light, bright, neon-coloured gloves with pop-infused humour. 

Lunchtime Lectures continued with a general talk on Victorian Parks by Dr Hazel Conway on 17 September and a specific talk on the restoration of Battersea Park by Dr Jennifer Ullman on 11 March.  These lectures made a small profit for the Friends and were relaxed and enjoyable social events. 

Dan Pearson’s annual review of the Winter Garden took place on 24 October.  He was pleased with the way in which it was developing.  He suggested various replacement plants.  Further changes would be considered in October 2013 by which time it would be clearer which plants were doing well and which were having problems establishing themselves in the fairly difficult ground conditions of the Winter Garden.

The Friends’ opposition to the closure of the One O’Clock Club was made clear in the Chairman’s letter of 12 February to Wandsworth Council.  This letter and an article about the Friends’ concerns about the Adventure Playground were published in Review issue 94.  The Friends opposed the occupation of the playground by Occupy London but remain very concerned about the future of the playgrounds and the associated buildings.

 

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TRUSTEES’ REPORT (continued)

The Chairman has continued to represent the Friends on the Safer Parks Monitoring Panel which was set up after the Met Police took over policing in the Park on 2 April 2012.  She has also represented the Friends at meetings of the Battersea Power Station Community Forum. 

 The Friends continued to contribute to planning matters affecting the Park represented by Brian Botting, a member of the Planning and Conservation Committee of Wandsworth Council. 

Jimmy Burns, Mike Bates and others produced three editions of the Review magazine filled with information about the Park.  Claire Eliott indexed almost all previous editions.  Thanks go to them and also to Elizabeth Hood for her work as Secretary; Virginia Darbyshire for her work as Treasurer and Annabel Stein for her work as Membership Secretary.  We also thank Alan Buss for examining last year’s accounts and Sven Tester who has examined this year’s accounts.  As ever, we thank those Friends who have continued to deliver the Review by hand to save substantial postage costs. 

Aminta Hunt was co-opted as a Committee Member with effect from 4 March.  She will be proposed as Treasurer at the AGM in July 2013.  Virginia Darbyshire will remain a member of the Committee.

Responsibilities

Financial

Charity legislation requires the Trustees to prepare the Statement of Financial Activities for each financial year which gives a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Charity as at the end of the financial year and of the surplus or deficit of that period.  In preparing Financial Statements, the Trustees are required to select suitable accounting policies and apply them on a consistent basis making judgements and estimates that are prudent and reasonable.  The Trustees are also responsible for maintaining adequate accounting records, for the safeguarding of the assets of the Charity and for preventing and detecting fraud and other irregularities.  The Trustees are required to indicate where the Statement of Financial Activities is prepared other than on the basis that the Charity is a going concern. 

 

Approval

This report was approved by the Trustees on 3 June 2013 and signed on behalf of the Trustees by

Frances Radcliffe OBE

Chairman

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 INDEPENDENT EXAMINER’S REPORT

I report on the accounts of the Trust for the year ended 31 March 2013, which are set out on

pages 7 to 13.

 
Respective Responsibilities of Trustees and Examiner

 The charity’s trustees are responsible for the preparation of the accounts.   The charity’s trustees consider that an audit is not required for this year (under section 43(2) of the Charities Act 1993 (the 1993 Act) and that an independent examination is needed.  

 It is my responsibility to:

 

  • Examine the accounts (under section 43(3)(a) of the 1993 Act);

 

  • To follow the procedures laid down in the General Directions given by the Charity Commissioner (under section 43(7)(b) of the 1993 Act); and

 

  • To state whether particular matters have come to my attention.

 

Basis of Independent Examiner’s Report

 

My examination was carried out in accordance with the General Directions given by the Charity Commission.  An examination includes a review of the accounting records kept by the charity and a comparison of the accounts presented with those records.   It also includes consideration of any unusual items disclosed in the accounts and seeking explanations from you as trustees concerning any such matters.  The procedures undertaken do not provide all the evidence that would be required in an audit and consequently I do not express an audit opinion on the view given by the accounts.

 
Independent Examiner’s Statement

 

In connection with my examination, no matter has come to my attention:

 

(1)           which gives me reasonable cause to believe that in any material respect the requirements

 

  • to keep accounting records in accordance with section 41 of the 1993 Act;  and

 

  • to prepare accounts which accord with the accounting records and to comply with the

                accounting requirements of the 1993 Act;

 

have not been met; or

 

(2)           to which, in my opinion, attention should be drawn in order to enable a proper understanding

                of the accounts to be reached.

 

Sven Tester

55 Whistlers Avenue

London SW11                

 

                                        Signed    …………………………………………….


               

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STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2013

 

                                                                                   

                                                                   Unrestricted          Restricted              Total                    Total

Incoming resources                                                  Funds                   Funds              this year              last year

                                                                                                  £                          £                          £                          £

Voluntary income

      Subscriptions                                                                   5,916                          0                   5,916                   5,250   

      Miscellaneous donations and Rattle Boxes                       3,508                          0                   3,508                      862   

      Winter Garden Community Spaces grant                                                             0                                                  933

      Gift Aid tax refund                                                              607                          0                      607                      769

Activities for generating funds

      Barbeque, and other events                                            10,577                          0                 10,577                   7,331

      Advertising                                                                       4,410                          0                   4,410                   2,700   

      Sales                                                                                    152                          0                      152                      198                   

Investment income

      Bank interest                                                                         20                          0                        20                          7

                                                                                        ___________________________________________

 

                             Total incoming resources              £ 25,190                       £ 0              £ 25,190              £ 18,050   

                                                                     ____________________________________

Resources expended

 

Costs of generating funds

  Costs of generating voluntary income

      Subscriptions paid                                                                 45                          0                        45                        40

      Review costs                                                                    4,769                          0                   4,769                   3,866

      Event expenditure                                                            4,318                          0                   4,318                   4,076   

  Charitable activities

      Winter garden                                                                      390                          0                      390                 10,806

        Sculpture award                                                              1,500                          0                   1,500                   1,500                   

  Governance costs

      – postage                                                                              341                          0                      341                      129

      – photocopy & stationery                                                    488                          0                      488                      260

      – donation to retired independent examiner                           75                          0                        75                          0

                                                                                           ___________________________________________

                                                                                                       

                             Total resources expended              £ 11,926                       £ 0              £ 11,926              £ 20,677

                                                                                        ___________________________________________
                                                                           
            Net incoming/(outgoing) resources              £ 13,264                       £ 0              £ 13,264               £ (2,627)

                                                                                        ___________________________________________

 

Total funds brought forward                                              31,246                       £ 0                 31,246                 33,873                   

                                                                                        ___________________________________________

 

                         Total funds carried forward              £ 44,510                       £ 0              £ 44,510              £ 31,246                           

                                                                                        ___________________________________________

 

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BALANCE SHEET 

AT 31 MARCH 2013

 

                                                                                          Unrestricted         Restricted                Total                   Total

                                                                                               funds              income funds           this year              last year

                                                                                                  £                          £                          £                          £

 

Current assets

 

Debtors & prepayments (note 11)                                   446                          0                         446              1,175

                                                                                                       

Cash at bank and in hand                                            44,064                          0                   44,064           33,436

                                                                                        ___________________________________________

 

                                        Total current assets               44,510                          0                   44,510           34,611

 

                                                           Creditors                          0                          0                              0            (3,365)                  

                                                                                        ___________________________________________

                                                                                                                                                                                                Total net assets    £ 44,510                                                                  £     0            £ 44,510            £ 31,246

                                                                                        ___________________________________________

 

 

 

Capital and Reserves

 

            Net incoming/(outgoing) resources               13,264                          0                   13,264           (2,627)   

                                                                           

Total funds brought forward                                     31,246                          0                   31,246           33,873   

                                                                     ____________________________________

 

                         Total funds carried forward            £ 44,510                 £      0                £ 44,510        £ 31,246

                                                                                        ___________________________________________

 

 

 

 

Approved by the Trustees of the Friends of Battersea Park on 3 June 2013 and signed on their behalf

by:

 

 

 

 

Frances Radcliffe OBE

 

 

 

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NOTES TO THE ACCOUNTS 

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2013

 

 

1.         Basis of Preparation

 

1.1          Basis of accounting

These accounts have been prepared on the basis of historic cost in accordance with Accounting and Reporting by Charities – Recommended Practice (SORP) 2005 and with Accounting Standards and with the Charities Act 1993.

 

1.2      Change in basis of accounting

            There has been no change to the accounting policies of last year.

 

1.2          Changes to previous accounts

No changes have been made to accounts of previous years.

 
2.             Accounting policies
 
            INCOMING RESOURCES

         Recognition of incoming               These are included in the Statement of Financial Activities (SoFA) when:

            resources

·         the charity becomes entitled to the resources;
  • the trustees are virtually certain they will receive the resources; and
  • the monetary value can be measured with sufficient reliability.

           

            Incoming resources with              Where incoming resources have related expenditure (as with fundraising or contract

            related expenditure                       income) the incoming resources and related expenditure are reported gross in the SoFA.

 

            Grants and donations                  Grants and donations are only included in the SoFA when the charity has

                                                                    unconditional entitlement to the resources.

 

            Tax reclaims on donations           Incoming resources from tax reclaims are included in the SoFa in the year

            and gifts                                         following the year in which the gift was made.

 

            Contractual income and               This is only included in the SoFA once the related goods or services have been

            performance related grants          delivered.

 

            Gifts in kind                                  Gifts in kind are accounted for at a reasonable estimate of their value to the charity

                                                                    or the amount actually realised.

                                                                    Gifts in kind for sale or distribution are included in the accounts as gifts only when

                                                                    sold or distributed by the charity.

                                                                    Gifts in kind for use by the charity are included in the SoFA as incoming resources

                                                                    when receivable.

 

            Donated services and                    These are only included in incoming resources (with an equivalent amount in resources

            facilities                                          expended) where the benefit to the charity is reasonably quantifiable, measurable and

 material.   The value placed on these resources is the estimated value to the charity of

 the service or facility received.

 

Volunteer help                               The value of any voluntary help received is not included in the accounts but is described

                                                        in the trustees annual report.

 

                                                                                                                                   

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NOTES TO THE ACCOUNTS  (continued)

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2013

 

 

  1. 2.             Accounting policies (continued)

INCOMING RESOURCES (continued)

 

Investment income                        Investment income is included in the accounts when received.

 

Investment gains and losses        The charity does not have any investments other than an interest bearing bank account.

 

EXPENDITURE AND LIABILITIES

 

Liability recognition                      Liabilities are recognised as soon as there is a legal or constructive obligation

                                                        committing the charity to pay out resources.

 

Governance costs                          Include, when applicable, the costs of the preparation and examination of statutory

                                                        accounts, the cost of trustees’ meetings and cost of any legal advice to trustees on

                                                        governance or constitutional matters.

 

Grants with performance             Where the charity gives a grant with conditions for its payment being a specific

conditions                                      level of service or output to be provided, such grants are only recognised in the SoFA

                                                        once the recipient of the grant has provided the specified service or output.

 

Grants payable without               These are only recognised in the accounts when a commitment has been made and

Performance conditions                there are no conditions to be met relating to the grant which remain in the control

                                                        of the charity.

 

Support costs                                Support costs, where applicable, include central functions and have been allocated to

                                                        activity cost categories on a basis consistent with use of resources, eg allocating

                                                        property costs by floor areas, or per capita, staff costs by the time spent and other

                                                        costs by their usage.

 

ASSETS

Tangible fixed assets for               These are capitalised if they can be used for more than one year, and cost at least £500.

use by the charity                          They are valued at cost or, if gifted, at the value to the charity on receipt.

 

Investments                                   The charity does not have any investments other than an interest bearing bank account.

 

Stocks and work in progress       The charity has no stock or work in progress.                                                           

 
  1. 3.             Analysis of incoming resources

The analysis of incoming resources is given in the SoFA on page 7.

 

  1. 4.             Analysis of resources expended

The analysis of resources expended is given in the SoFA on page 7.

 

  1. 5.             Support costs

The charity has no support costs.

 

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NOTES TO THE ACCOUNTS  (continued)

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2013

 

  1. 6.             Details of certain items of expenditure

6.1      Trustee expenses                                                                          This year                           Last year

                                                                                                                                                                           

           

            Number of trustees paid expenses                                                     7                                          6

            (Postage, photocopying, stationery, AGM expenses,

            Sculpture Awards sign and other events)                                   £ 1,618                              £ 1,324               

                                                                                                                           ____                                   ____

 

           

6.2      Fees for the examination or audit of accounts
            No Independent Examiner’s fees have been paid.
           
7.             Paid employees

There are no paid employees of the charity

 
8.             Grant making

No grants have been made by the charity.

 

  1. 9.             Tangible fixed assets

The charity owns no tangible fixed assets.

 

  1. 10.          Investment assets

The charity owns no investment assets other than their bank account with CAF which pays interest.

 

 

11.      Debtors and prepayments                                                        This year                          Last year

                                                                                                                          £                                          £

 

            Review advertising                                                                           390                                     670

            Subscriptions                                                                                          0                                     205

            Donations                                                                                               0                                     230

            Sale of Christmas cards                                                                       0                                       70

            BBQ leaflets                                                                                        56

                                                                                                                       ____                                  _____

 

                                                                                                                      £ 446                              £ 1,175

                                                                                                                       ____                                _____

                                                                                                                               

 

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NOTES TO THE ACCOUNTS  (continued)

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2013

 

  1. 12.    Creditors and accruals                                                                

12.1    Analysis of creditors                                                                 This year                          Last year

                                                                                                                          £                                          £

 

            Governance costs                                                                              0                                  170

            Winter Garden                                                                                    0                               3,195

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ______                                                                                            ______

 

                                                                                                               £         0                           £ 3,365                                                       ______                                                                                               _____

 

12.2      Security over assets

There are no outstanding loans,

overdrafts or other creditors of the charity.

 

13       Endowment and restricted income funds

13.1    Funds held                                                                                    This year                          Last year

                                                                                                                          £                                          £

 

    Winter Garden (r)                                                                                  

    (for the creation of a Winter Garden

    in Battersea Park)                                                                           £        0                                   £ 0  

                                                                                                                 _____                             _____  

 

           

 

           

13.2     Movement of major funds                                                           This year                            Last year

                                                                                                                          £                                          £

Winter Garden

Brought forward                                                                                            0                                1,430

Incoming resources                                                                                       0                                   933

Outgoing resources                                                                                                                      (10,806)

                                                                                                            ______                             ______

 

From unrestricted funds                                                                    £          0                            £ (8,443)

                                                                                                            ______                               _____

       

 

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NOTES TO THE ACCOUNTS  (continued)

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2013

 

14.      Transactions with related parties

14.1      Remuneration and benefits

The charity paid no remuneration or other benefits to any trustees or related parties.

 14.2      Loans

The charity had no outstanding loans with any trustees or related parties at the year end.

 14.3      Other transactions with trustees or related parties.

The charity had no other transactions with the trustees or related parties.