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The Baslow Charities
Apart from the church itself, the Baslow Charities have the longest continuous theme in the history of Baslow. In the late 1600s there was recognition of needs in the village and several villagers responded by giving money to “the Curate, the Poor, and the School”. The Charity School had been founded 50 years earlier, and the building still exists as the garage of the house at Stanton Ford, next to the river. The donations still are recorded on boards in the church, in the corner straight ahead from the main entrance.
The School closed down in 1889, and the Charities Commission stepped in. They created a scheme which determined the allocation of funds and a board of local trustees to supervise. The money was invested in several parcels of land. In the 1920s these were sold and the proceeds invested, first in Consuls and now with the Charities Official Investment Fund.
The Trustees still meet regularly to distribute the money to Baslow and Curbar schools, the poor of Baslow, and the Vicar (now Rector). Unfortunately inflation has grossly reduced the original substantial payments but these are still made annually in the proportions specified 300+ years ago. Each school receives a cheque of about £200.
But the Trustees have a problem. The governing scheme says that some of the money goes to “the Poor of Baslow”. A hundred years ago this took the form of a delivery of coal to a number of residents, and would have been very welcome at the time. Today only a £100 or so is available annualy. Each year the Trustees deliberate about who is poor or in need and would accept such a payment from a charity. An example might be the acute stage of a bereavement or divorce.
If you or anyone you know might benefit, please get in touch with the Chairman or the Clerk (strict confidentiality will be maintained)
In the meantime let us celebrate the History of Baslow and the continuity provided by the Baslow Charities.
|Chairman of Trustees||Clerk to the Trustees|
|Mike Gilbert, Rector||David Dalrymple-Smith|