Brightling Village Trust AGM – 7:30 pm Wednesday 1 April 2020

A message from Charles Everett:


Brightling Village Trust will have its Annual General Meeting at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 1 April in the Village Hall. The Trust exists to support charitable purposes in Brightling and can also make grants to help individuals and relieve hardship. This gives the Trustees discretion to support a wide range of activities which will benefit people in Brightling and which aren’t otherwise supported.

This meeting is your opportunity to make suggestions for grants that the Trust should consider making, and indeed suggestions for potential donations or proposals for raising funds.

This year, we want also to talk about four other small Brightling charities, the Mary Herbert Educational Foundation (set up in 1728 to support girls’ education), the Catherine Stone Bequest (to support the welfare of Sunday School children), the Jesse Gregson Charity (to provide bread to needy Brightling parishioners) and the FH Scott Charity (to support the poor of the parish including through the provision of coal). Meeting the Charity Commission requirements for these very small trusts has proved hugely burdensome – and their precise objectives are now out of date. It has been suggested that the Village Trust might take them over and use what funds there are to benefit modern Brightling.

If you have views on this, please come along to the meeting. At the 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 whether you think this is a good idea. And, assuming we go ahead, how can we best preserve the history and broad intention of the original bequests?

So, please come along to the Village Hall at 7.30 pm on 1 April – see you there.

Charles Everett

Chair, Village Trust