Andrew Turner-Cross, Chairman
"There's been a bakery on this site since 1740", Andy Turner-Cross, the baker at Slindon Bakery.
Though it closed after the Second World War, when Andrew came to live at the property 22 years ago, he found the remains of an old bake house at the back of the building.
"It was like the Mary Rose", says Andy, "this great old bakery with a wood burning oven. So I got the idea to start bread baking. This was the early 1980s and people thought I was mad. I was fairly purist in my approach to baking and that helped keep me focused.
We spent the next year refitting the bakery, restoring the wood fired oven, and working at other bakeries to learn breadmaking, then got the Slindon bakery up and running again. The old oven was excellent, but after 15 years it started to crumble severely and as the building was Grade II listed it was difficult to replace it with another stone oven. So now we have an electric".
Andy's approach to the flour he uses is still refreshing inspired, with the wholemeal flour coming from the Lurgashall Watermill at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in Singleton (which he uses in his Sussex Kibbled loaf), and rye flour and spelt from Calbourne Watermill in the Isle of White. Most of the bread is sold through farmers markets, and they manage to get to 40 markets a month (including the Hampshire Farmers Market, though bread is also sold through local health food shops and delicatessens.
Leo Stevens, President
I was born in Lacock in 1934 and retired from the Service in 2000.
The village including Lacock Abbey was given to the nation into the care of the National Trust in 1944. The National Trust thereby inherited the responsibility for the social housing of the existing tenants of the donor at the time and the additional responsibility for the preservation of the associated historic community. The existing tenants were content with their tenancy arrangements, welcomed the National Trust as their guest and in effect became equal custodians of their homes on behalf of the nation.
The so called "Fair Rent" Act in 1977 created the posts of Rent Officers whose notions of fair rents were far higher than those which Lacock tenants were accustomed to or could afford. The resultant penal rent increases at the time were distressing to tenants and led to the formation of Lacock Tenants Association with myself as Chairman.
We have a good relationship with local National Trust staff and we continue to support the principles of the founders of the National Trust, including Lady Octavia Hill, herself a social reformer and social housing provider.
Gordon Harris, Treasurer
Jo Leighton, Co Chair & Housing Office
I have been a trust tennant for 7 years with my Mother and Son - plus the 3 cats and a blind dog.
I have been active in first Nalgo and now UNISON in my positions Treasurer, Welfare, Membership etc Plus having lived 20 years in Israel, were I worked for both the Australian & American Embassies.
With all this moving around and different kind of work I have aquired some experience and knowledge of law, rights etc It is this experience that I want to put at the disposal of the members of TANT.
Also my conections in local goverment are proving useful when I need to find out regulations - as are Alan's too.
Peter Bate, Development Officer
My wife and I have been National Trust tenants in West Somerset for over 20 years.
In the year 2000 we helped set up a local tenants association for our estate and found that this improved matters quite a lot .We then came to realise that the local NT staff were limited by the extent of their authority and that there was an need for tenants to have a voice at a higher level of the Trust.Following contact with other tenant groups, a meeting in London led to the formation of Tant ,initially as an informal group and and later as a formal association.
Now in 2010, we look back at what has been a substantial learning curve for us all and for the National Trust.Substantial progress has been made but there is still much to be achieved.Certainly ,we can say there is a lot of satisfaction in voluntarily helping people and sharing the information we have gleaned.So if you need help or would like to volunteer to join our team we will always be pleased to hear from you.
Cristina George, Large Houses Representative
Lives in an NT property that is open to the public; she moved there with her husband and three children in 1997. Having previously had a career in fund-raising, sponsorship and special events for the Royal Academy of Arts and then the Royal College of Music, Cristina helped to establish Philipps House as a venue for weddings. In 2007 Cristina qualified as a teacher of English and now works full time for Warminster School. She has served on the TANT committee for several years and in 2010 was elected onto the Council of the Trust as its first ever Tenant Custodian member.
Having their own issues as tenants of the Trust, Cristina is keen to help encourage good practice in the Trust’s dealings with its tenants and to help improve landlord tenant relations wherever they are strained in accordance with the ethos of Trust founder, Octavia Hill.
Mike Denny, Long Lease Specialist
Mark Morris, Secretary