The Barker Bridge House
Trust, BBHT, is a Datchet based charity which was formally established
Charitable Trust in 1724, although its origins go back to at
least 1644 and probably earlier.
historian, Janet Kennish, has written several articles on the Trust
including a summary in her
book Datchet Past and recently she has
been commissioned by the Trust to research its history and write a
publication on her findings. Her work will include a professional
survey of its chief asset, The Royal Stag
public house located in the village centre, to establish as
precisely as possible the age of its oldest parts.
The Trust intends to publish the results of her work towards the
end of 2010.
Below is a brief description of the charity as it exists today together
with an explanation of how one section
of the charity awards grants to Datchet organisations and also
how applications should be made.
OF THE TRUST
BBHT comprises three related
Barker Bridge House Trust Estate administers the Trustís property,
notably the Royal Stag. In particular it manages the Trustís
capital; manages the lease of the property; collects the rent; and
disburses the income to the two charities described below.
Barker Bridge House Trust Ecclesiastical Branch, which receives 40%
of the income for the
upkeep of St Maryís Parish Church and its surrounding land. It has
its own independent set of trustees.
Barker Bridge House Trust Non-Ecclesiastical Branch, which receives
60% of the income. It also has its own independent set of 5
trustees of the two branches are the trustees of the Estate Trust.
THE NON-ECCLESIASTICAL BRANCH
This branch is quite distinct in that its charitable
objectives is to use its income for
"the benefit of the inhabitants of the area of the
Ancient Parish of Datchet".
There are very few other
restrictions on how the trustees disburse their funds. This gives them
discretion over how they do this.
In practice the trust
awards grants to organisations and clubs in the village which meet the
The trustees have a preference for granting money to capital
projects or for the purchase of specific items
of equipment but other types of expenditure are not excluded.
Grants range from a few
hundred pounds to several thousands of pounds. Recent
examples of grants are:
Cricket Club towards the replacement of their practice nets
School supporting its successful bid to become a Specialist Arts
Village Society towards the purchase of a William Corden Jnr
painting of the village,
which hangs in the library
Chat towards its publication costs
MAKING AN APPLICATION
The application process is not complicated. A brief statement
- say 2 to 3 pages at most - should be
submitted to the Trust Secretary (details below). The statement
should contain the following:
that you are a Datchet based organisation.
description of your activities and membership.
description of the project or activities for which you require
estimated cost including copies of quotations where appropriate.
other sources of funding you have or are applying for.
much you would like from the Trust.
The Trust meets twice a
year in April and October.
MANAGEMENT OF THE
Mr Harry Clasper, Tel
: 01753 545110
Mr Adrian Needham
114 Slough Road
Tel : 01753 593771
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