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is often assumed because of its name that the responsibility for the administration
and management of the Harefield Parochial Charities rests with the Church
in Harefield, the Diocese or the Church Commissioners. This is not the
case. However, the Vicar of the day of the ecclesiastical parish of St.
Mary the Virgin, Harefield, is always an ex-officio Trustee. In addition,
four other Trustees appointed in accordance with the Scheme’s governing
document administer and manage the Charities.
Harefield, which lies at the northwest extremity of
Greater London in the London Borough of Hillingdon, is completely surrounded
by the Metropolitan Green Belt. As such, it is the last remaining village
in London, where the ancient pattern of an agricultural village has not
been overlaid by modern development.