| Swans Trust is
Shaftesburys Development Trust set up in 1997 to promote and develop
the community and facilities of Shaftesbury.
The Trustees are all local people who volunteer their time and skills to
work in partnership with the local authorities and others for the benefit
of the community.
DCllr. Mervyn Jeffery - Jenny Parker - John Parker MLI
Rachel Caldwell - Pam Cruickshank - Ross Cruickshank
Anna McDowell - Dr. Richard Tippins - Tony Cuff
for your donation to
Named after a noted coaching inn that once stood on the site, it was an
electricity substation and depot until 1996. Signpost Housing Association
bought the site in 1999 and developed it in partnership with Swans Trust
to provide 13 badly needed affordable homes, as well as the 5 retail units
and a pedestrian link way between the High Street and Bell Street. Swans
Trust took a 190 year lease in 2001 on the access and ground floor units
to develop them as a craft centre, café and community office.
The Yard is Swans Trust's major ongoing project. The retail units are used
primarily for small and startup businesses with a creative aspect, giving
small traders a chance to get established with plenty of support and in a
community atmosphere. Several businesses have successfully flown the nest
and expanded to prime locations in Shaftesbury, Salisbury and Bath.
Swans Yard is now an established, vibrant and attractive part of Shaftesbury
town, with many Open Days and events throughout the year - but we are always
seeking to further develop its art and craft emphasis.
Designed and built by local craftsmen, DaveTomlin and Andrew du Mont, it
was put up by volunteers and opened in December 2003 by Lord Whitty.
Funding came from: Age Concern, The Town Council, Trinity Trust and public
The Community Office
The office in Swans Yard provides an administrative base for the Trust and
the Yard and also offers photocopying, computer access and other office services
to the public at large. See our price
list for more info.
Opening hours are Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday 10:30 am
to 12:30 pm
Would you like to join us? (Now over 1000 Members!)
Joining the Swans Trust only costs £1 for life membership which is first
and foremost a commitment to our community. (You can also get a discount
on photocopying etc.) We are always looking for new volunteers as the more
we have the more we can do. As always, there are jobs to be done that just
need time, fund raising and money. Even an hour or so a week can make all
If you are new to the area, volunteering is an excellent way of getting to
know people and enjoying the friendship of the town.
Skills we could use and jobs you could
Gardening & maintenance - Shop stewarding - Writing, editing and typing
- Filing and admin - Events staff - Public relations - Computer and networking
- Grant finding & applications - Staffing the office - Project initiation,
management and development - Project accounts and admin.