Changes to Castlethorpe Charity

The Castlethorpe Charity for the Poor/Church has changed the criteria for any new beneficiary. With effect from the 2015 distribution are that they must be 70 years of age or over, have lived in Castlethorpe for at least 2 years, be living alone and not be in any paid employment. Existing beneficiaries will continue to receive their share of the income.

The Charity was constituted in 1894 by Lady (Dame Bridget) Tyrrill to provide for both the Poor of Castlethorpe and for the Church and is registered with the Charities Commission under charity no. 233681. A copy of the 1894 document (which is provided) shows that the Trustees may use their discretion to provide for items such as “…coal, clothing, linen, bedding, fuel, tools, medical or AID in Sickness, Food or other articles in kind…” and “…temporary relief in money, by way of loan or otherwise, in cases of unexpected loss or sudden destitution…”

It must be remembered that this was set up in an era well before we had a welfare state as we know it today and would have been an important safety net for those who might have benefited after 1894. Whilst it is difficult to envisage anyone falling into this category today, the Charity continues to administer the income in the spirit of the original intent and determines from time-to-time the criteria for the beneficiaries.

The Charity’s income is derived principally from the land (plan supplied) known as Poor’s Piece which is situated on the Wolverton Road and immediately after Lodge Cottages on the right-hand side when exiting the village. It consists of 18.99 acres of agricultural land. Other periodic income is from a wayleave from power suppliers who have a service pole on the land.

The Trustees of the Charity are drawn from the village of Castlethorpe. The constitution says that one “ex-officio” trustee will be the Vicar of Castlethorpe parish and the other seven trustees are a combination of (four) “representative” trustees nominated by the Parish Council and (three) “cooptative” trustees drawn from the Village.

The current Parish representative trustees are:- Davina Brown, Lawrence Chapman and Peter Grigson. The co-opted trustees are: David Brooks, Karen Russo and Charles Sawbridge. The trustees meet twice a year and have distribute the income in December of each year.

Any enquiries to the Trustees should be directed to the current Clerk/Treasurer to the Trustees, Jeanette Hollands,14a South Street, Castlethorpe MK19 7EL. Tel: 01908 510049. Email: jeanette@geofh.demon.co.uk

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