Chance Glass Works Heritage Trust was formed in March 2015 with the aim of restoring the buildings that are still extant on the Spon Lane site and enriching their status in being of great historical and cultural significance.

The Objects of the Trust are to promote and procure for the public benefit:

  • the conservation, protection and enhancement of the buildings and other assets of cultural and heritage value within a defined area;
  • the advancement of education concerning the social, economic and architectural history and heritage of the buildings and the area;
  • the physical and economic regeneration of the buildings and the area together with  the associated development of new skills and employment opportunities.

The Trust intends to fulfil its regeneration objects by:

  • Letting space within the buildings, when restored, on favourable terms to businesses in order to create business training and re-training opportunities for budding entrepreneurs and particularly unemployed people in the  locale;
  • Providing and maintaining recreational facilities and public amenities in the restored buildings at low or nominal rents or hire fees, including serviced space where community groups may meet and carry on a variety of activities;
  • Provision within the restored buildings for education, training and re-training opportunities and work experience, especially for the area’s unemployed;
  • Providing and maintaining – and, where necessary, improving – recreational facilities in and around the restored buildings for the wider public to enjoy;
  • Preserving the buildings, which are of historic and architectural importance.

Who are CGWHT?

A small collective of enthusiasts from diverse backgrounds who share the common interest of working alongside the current site owners and in forging partnerships with external agencies to redevelop the site as a multi-function facility. The CGWHT team comprises:


  • Toby Chance, a member of the Chance dynasty, now resident in South Africa where he is Shadow Minister for Small Business Development, Democratic Alliance Party.


  • Mark Davies (Chair): Proprietor MCD Project Management
  • David Tittle: Head of Design Advice Design South East
  • Graham Fisher MBE: Writer & broadcaster

The Trust has also brought together a group of experienced professional advisors.

CGWHT is altruistic and apolitical, with the sole function of rejuvenating this magnificent asset in the heart of the West Midlands conurbation for the benefit of all.


As announced in our email bulletin The Flash (Issue 4 dated 15.11.16 – see archives, this site) the Trustees have expanded to include:

  • Paul Mountain: Solicitor
  • Steve Lomas: Accountant

CGWHT welcomes their input and expertise at what will doubtless prove to be a particularly exciting period of CGWHT’s development.

Regrettably we lose  Sue Howarth who, owing to a change in her career circumstances, has decided it is time to move on. As one of our founding Trustees Sue has played a leading role in steering CGWHT to its present position as sole facilitator to regenerate the iconic Chance site. Whilst we are saddened by her departure, we are encouraged that she has offered her continuing support and we offer her our thanks and sincere good wishes in equal measure.


We are delighted to announce a further addition to the team. Appointed at the Trustees meeting of 12.1.17, Chief Officer of Witton Lodge Community Association Afzal Hussain brings to the table his years of accumulated experience of project management and community-focused leadership.

The Flash

The official ad hoc email bulletin of CGWHT. Available free of charge and without obligation from info@cgwht.org and lodged as archive under The Flash.

WEBSITE: http://www.cgwht.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CGWHT/

Twitter: @ChanceTrust