| OBJECTIVES OF THE HAREFIELD PAROCHIAL
The Trustees provide alms accommodation
at low rents to qualifying residents from Harefield in the Countess of
Derby Almshouses. In addition, over the years, they have used the income
derived from the various endowments to provide a wide range of services
to the community in Harefield.
In this connection, the following is an extract from the governing document
for the Harefield Parochial Charities, dated 1st May 1956, which sets
out how the Trustees were to use the income accruing to the Charities;
"The Trustees shall apply the clear yearly income of the charity
known as Mrs. Ashby’s Charity, the Charity of Solomon Burbery, the
Charity known as the Poor’s or Fuel Allotment, the Charity of Henry
Goodman and the Ashford and Moore Charity as they think fit for the benefit
either of the poor of the Ancient Parish of Harefield generally of such
poor persons resident therein as they select and in particular but without
prejudice to the generality of the foregoing in one or more of the following
1. Gifts of bedding, clothing, food, fuel, furniture or other useful articles
including comforts or other aids for the sick.
2. Weekly allowances of a value of not less than 2s 6d or not more than
10s, except with the approval of the Charity Commissioners; provided that
instead of paying the whole of such weekly allowance to any recipient
in money the Trustees may spend all or part thereof for his or her benefit
in such ways as they think fit.
3. Gifts in money to relieve sickness, infirmity or distress.
4. Grants for the benefit of persons who are sick, infirm, convalescent
or in need of rest or change of air to defray the expenses of recuperative
holidays or of obtaining domestic help.
5. Payment of travelling expenses of persons entering or leaving hospital,
convalescent homes or similar institutions or of relatives visiting the
sick or infirm in such institutions.
6. Assistance of persons who are preparing for, entering upon or engaged
in any trade, occupation or profession by the provision of tools, books,
payment of fees for instruction or examination, payment of travelling
expenses or such other means as will fit them to earn their own living
or advance them in life.
7. Subscriptions to almshouses and other charitable institutions or organisations
having for their object the benefit of the poor of the said ancient parish
and in particular subscriptions for special purposes in relation thereto
including the maintenance of any extraordinary repair fund established
in connexion therewith.
8. Subscriptions to homes or hostels for the residence or care of old,
infirm or homeless persons upon terms that will ensure that their benefits
are available for poor persons of the said ancient parish.
Restrictions. In applying the income of the Charities the Trustees shall
observe the following restrictions:-
1. They shall not commit themselves to make recurring grants.
2. They shall not give assistance to individuals unless satisfied that
they are deserving and in need.
3. Income shall not in any case be applied in relief of rates, taxes or
other public funds".
In addition and traditionally, coal allocation grants, which relate back
to the Poor’s or Fuel Allotment Charity, now payments in lieu, are
made each year at Christmas. About 200 payments are made each year as
coal allocation grants to qualifying residents of Harefield.
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