Brightling Village Trust willhave its Annual General Meeting at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 1 April in the VillageHall. The Trust exists to supportcharitable purposes in Brightling and can also make grants to help individualsand relieve hardship. This gives the Trustees discretion to support a widerange of activities which will benefit people in Brightling and which aren’totherwise supported.
This meeting is your opportunityto make suggestions for grants that the Trust should consider making, andindeed suggestions for potential donations or proposals for raising funds.
This year, we want also to talkabout four other small Brightling charities, the Mary Herbert Educational Foundation(set up in 1728 to support girls’ education), the Catherine Stone Bequest (tosupport the welfare of Sunday School children), the Jesse Gregson Charity (toprovide bread to needy Brightling parishioners) and the FH Scott Charity (tosupport the poor of the parish including through the provision of coal). Meeting the Charity Commission requirementsfor these very small trusts has proved hugely burdensome – and their preciseobjectives are now out of date. It hasbeen suggested that the Village Trust might take them over and use what fundsthere are to benefit modern Brightling.
If you have views on this,please come along to the meeting. Atthe moment, we don’t know how to do it or even if it will be possible. But first of all, we want to check out whetheryou think this is a good idea. And,assuming we go ahead, how can we best preserve the history and broad intentionof the original bequests?
So, please come along to theVillage Hall at 7.30 pm on 1 April – see you there.
Chair, Village Trust