(1) Subject to the provisions of this section, it shall for all purposes be and be deemed always to have been charitable to provide, or assist in the provision of, facilities for recreation or other leisure-time occupation, if the facilities are provided in the interests of social welfare:
provided that nothing in this section shall be taken to derogate from the principle that a trust or institution to be charitable must be for the public benefit.
(2) The requirement of subsection (1) that the facilities are provided in the interests of social welfare shall not be treated as satisfied unless—
(i) those persons have need of such facilities as aforesaid by reason of their youth, age, infirmity, disablement, poverty, race, occupation, or social or economic circumstances; or
(3) Without restricting the generality of the foregoing provisions of this section it is hereby declared that, subject to the said requirement, subsection (1) applies to the provision of facilities at public halls, community centres, and women's institutes, and to the provision and maintenance of grounds and buildings to be used for purposes of recreation or leisure-time occupation, and extends to the provision of facilities for those purposes by the organising of any activity.
(4) Nothing in this section shall be taken to restrict the purposes which would be regarded as charitable if this section had not been passed.
(5) Nothing in this section shall—
(a) apply to make charitable any trust, or validate any disposition, of property if before 26 June 1963 that property or any property representing or forming part of it, or any income arising from any such property, has been paid or conveyed to, or applied for the benefit of, or set apart for, the persons entitled by reason of the invalidity of the trust or disposition; or
(6) Except as provided in subsection (7), nothing in this section shall require anything to be treated for the purposes of any enactment as having been charitable at a time before the date of the commencement of this section, so as to invalidate anything done or any determination given before that date.
Compare: Recreational Charities Act 1958 ss 1, 3(1)–(3) (UK)
Section 61A: inserted, on 2 October 1963, by section 3 of the Charitable Trusts Amendment Act 1963 (1963 No 21).
Section 61A(7): repealed, on 1 January 1972, by section 101(1) of the Stamp and Cheque Duties Act 1971 (1971 No 51).