History of charities in Hartshorne
years the landed and wealthy people of the parish left lands, property
or monies, the proceeds to be used for the benefit of the poor and
sick of the parish. Below they are listed. The charities covered
the ancient parish which included parts of Woodville and Smisby:
charity of the Rev. William Dethick, founded by will dated 24th
August 1624, proved at Lichfield in 1626
Charity in 1724
Partridge and Thomas Hassall Charity 1844
were merged in 1961 and are now called the Hartshorne Charities.
The income is is used for help to the poor, sick, education expenses
for apprentices and others, maintenance of reading rooms, village
hall or library's in the parish.
Charities dates back to 1624 when the Rev William Dethick left the
first money for the deserving poor of the parish. Since then eight
other local parishioners have provided money for the parish.
All the individual bequests were
formed into the Hartshorne Charities in 1963 and are administered
by a Board of Trustees who meet quarterly to receive and deal with
The main condition for a grant is
that the person applying must reside in the Parish of Hartshorne.
It is especially able to help families of children who find it difficult
to provide school clothing, shoes and other items required for school.
Grants can also be provided to those in full time higher education
to purchase books, equipment etc. to assist them in their studies.
Help can be given to individuals and families in need, and to help
towards transport costs for visits to hospitals etc.
Recurring grants cannot be given;
normally they are one off payments. The Charity has arrangements
with local shops to provide goods with payment made direct to the
Anyone who feels in need should contact
any one of the Trustees or the Chairman, Ray Fairbrother (01283
214548) or the Secretary Mr D E Jenkinson 01283 215577.
You can find out more about the Hartshorne
Charities on the Charity Commissioners website. The registered charity
number is 236972, which you should enter when you get to the main
site to find Hartshorne Charities. Here is a link to the relevent