Hilgay Feoffee Charity

A brief outline 

Hilgay Feoffee Charity was originally founded by the will of the Reverend Nicholas Spencer in 1701 and was regulated by a scheme of the Charity Commissioners in 1871.

It consists of two separate registered charities – Hilgay United Charities (No. 208898) and the Hilgay Educational Foundation (No. 311169). For the purposes of administration, they are run as one consolidated charity, with separate annual returns made to the Charity Commission.

These can be found online at: www.charitycommission.gov.uk

The income of the Charity is from land rents, the hire of moorings on the River Wissey and cash invested in the Charities Official Investment Fund. No external fund-raising is carried out.

The original documentation declared that the income of the charity was to be spent on….

“. The cost of repairs and insurance and all other charges and outgoings payable in respect of the property of the Charity”

“….educational purposes….after payment of all necessary and proper outgoings and expenses of management….”

“....putting out as apprentices to some useful trade or occupation poor deserving boys and girls….”

“….the benefit of the poor of the Ancient Parish of Hilgay….for the supply of coal….”

“….the provision and maintenance of any Town Hall, Reading Room or Library….for the use or benefit of the inhabitants of the said Ancient Parish….”

These original requirements are currently interpreted as:

The maintenance of all Charity land and property in good order;

The provision of grants to both village schools to purchase items such as additional books and play equipment;

The provision of Apprenticeship Grants to local young people to purchase books or equipment for further education and training;

Donations to local residents to assist with fuel purchase in the winter months;

The running and maintenance costs of Hilgay and Ten Mile Bank Village Halls.  

The Charity operates solely within the Parish of Hilgay (which includes Ten Mile Bank). Its work is overseen by a body of ten Trustees who are responsible to the Charity Commission and meet three to four times a year.

There are currently six Trustees from Hilgay and four from Ten Mile Bank. Four of the Trustees are also Parish Councillors. The Charity is administered by the Clerk.

The current Chairman is Mr Brian Charlesworth, the Vice-Chairman is Mr Colin Wills and the Clerk is Mr Tony Hall.

Requests for information on Apprenticeship grants or any other enquiries regarding The Charity should be addressed to The Clerk at:  hilgay.feoffees@aol.com



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