Registered numbers 209135 & 311205
A brief history
Those of you who have read the Parish Council minutes in the library (and who hasn’t) will have come across the Loddon Charity.
Loddon, as a town, has for hundreds of years had an income from certain properties it owned, and in the past has contributed to the independence of the Parish from both the Church and manorial ties.
For instance, the school on Church Plain, now the library, was built partly with Town Estate’s income.
In 1877 the “Loddon Town Estate” seemed to be in some difficulty and an application to the Charity Commissioners was made to formulate a new scheme to administer the Estate.
The only remaining Trustee, the Rev John Denny Gilbert, of Chedgrave Manor was discharged and the vicar of Loddon, the Rev John Smith, two Churchwardens and two overseers of the Poor were appointed Trustees.
The meetings were held in the Town Hall and income at that time was £167/14/6d, a sum worth having in 1877!
The Trust’s income originally derived from the rents of Town Farm, two small meadows, two small areas of land in the “Gravel Pits”, the old engine house and Loddon Common.
The income was divided as follows: 3/7th for maintenance and repair of the Parish Church, 2/7th to the Parish for public works, 1/7th to the welfare of the deserving poor of Loddon and 1/7th for the education of their children. The formula still holds good today.
The various parcels of land have been sold over the years- the income appears to have been less than the cost of maintaining the land. Town Farm was sold in 1945 with the money invested to give the Charity its primary income. The only property remaining today is Loddon Common – about 7 acres of marsh at the end of the lane to Heckingham Holes.
The Welfare fund was usually used to buy a sack of coal for the poor at Christmas time and the Education fund was used, until the Free School Act of 1893, to help pay the school fees of several poor children, subject to good conduct and a good attendance record. Later, grants were made to help poor children stay at school beyond 12 years of age, or pay for books for pupil teachers.
The Trust today
Thanks in part to help from Loddon Parish Council the Trust’s income is at a usable level. However, the Charity’s funds are only available to residents of Loddon.
The Charity is in a position to make small grants to individuals in proven circumstances for Welfare or Educational purposes.
To enquire if the Charity can be of assistance please contact the Secretary, Ann Lumley, details below.
The Trust has limited resources with which to pursue its aims and would be grateful for any assistance, donation, legacy, or preferably gift aid.
You can direct your contributions to the charity as a whole or specifically to the Education or Welfare fund.
If you feel you might be able to help please contact:
Secretary to Trustees
1 Harvey Green