Local organisations awarded charity grants

The Consolidated Charity of Burton has handed out £39,005.90 to organisations who can make an impact in the community.

The Charity  made 13 grant awards at its latest meeting.

They went to:
Brackenwood Big Lunch -to help pay for the costs of a community street party;
Bright Futures Un-Ltd– to help provide school pupils with the knowledge to deal with the pressures of social media;
Burton and District Beekeepers’ Association – to train more people in the art of beekeeping and help preserve the vital honey bee population;
Burton Competitive Vocal Festival – to help further the aspirations of talented participants;
Burton Sea Cadets - to provide kayaks for young people to use;
Edge Hill Juniors – to provide football kits for the young players;
The Little Theatre Company – to pay for the rent on its premises;
Rolleston Cricket Club – towards the costs of refurbishing the bar and social area of the club;
St Mark’s Church, Winshill – to help pay for costs of modernising community facilities;
St Mary’s Church, Tutbury – replacing the lighting in the nave and chancel;
Stretton Methodist Church – upkeep of the buildings;
Burton Breast Cancer Support – funds to keep the group going;
Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team – upgrading radio equipment.

Consolidated Charity Chairman Ben Robinson said: “This is our first grants meeting of the year and we received a large number of applications from a very diverse group of organisations.

“We were delighted to be able to support so many great projects and plans and continue the charity’s aim to use our money to make an impact in the Burton area and benefit the people of the community.”
The Consolidated Charity is an endowed charity which aims to benefit the residents of Burton by providing almshouse accommodation and by making charitable grants to individuals in need and to organisations which serve the community.

It is thought that the charity dates back to the 16th century to the time of the dissolution of Burton Abbey and the craft guilds. However, the first recorded reference appeared in 1709 when there was an inquiry into the condition and administration of the Town Lands charities which were later to be amalgamated into the Consolidated Charity.

Amongst the early benefactors were William Finney, Abbot Beyne School, Lady Paulet, Ellen Parker, Richard Allsopp, Francis Astle, Richard Bowle, Mrs Almond, Mr Robinson, and Elizabeth (Beth) Johnson. Over the centuries the charity has gradually accumulated a number of town properties, workhouses, almshouses and financial bequests from a wide variety of sources.

It is run by a group of volunteer trustees. Anyone wishing to apply for a grant or to find out more about the charity should visit www.consolidatedcharityburton.org.uk

This entry was posted on March 8, 2019