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Clothworkers’ Annual Review


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The Company



11 Trusteeship 12 Archives and Collections 15 Support for the Armed Forces

The Foundation

16 Review of Charitable Giving 2009 17 Financial Information 18 Encouragement of Young People 21 Disability Grant-Making Guidelines Please visit our website for details of our grant-making policies, guidelines and application forms. Hall Hire If you are interested in hiring the Hall for a function, please visit our website for information on the venue or contact our events team on 020 7623 7041 or

Cover: The Ashmolean Museum recently reopened following a £61m redevelopment programme. The Foundation made a £250,000 grant towards the Textiles Gallery.

This page: Deed dated 2 July 1495 granting premises in Mincing Lane by five named Shearmen of London.

25 Visual Impairment 26 Elderly 28 Social Inclusion 31 Mathematics Education 34 Autism 36 Conservation

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Introduction This Review provides an insight into the activities of the Clothworkers in 2009-10. The Clothworkers comprises a City of London Livery Company and its associated charity, The Clothworkers’ Foundation. Founded by Royal Charter in 1528, the Company was established to promote the craft of clothworking in the City of London. It supervised the training of apprentices and protected standards of workmanship. Its members were all actively involved in the craft. Livery Companies have always had close connections with the City Corporation and their members elect the Sheriffs and Lord Mayor to this day. The Clothworkers’ Company accumulated considerable wealth over the centuries, largely through bequests of money and property from members, and by prudent management of its assets. The Company’s overall objectives are to administer its assets and affairs responsibly, play its part in the civic life of the City of London, support the textile industry in appropriate ways and seek to increase its charitable giving. Charity has always been at the heart of the Company’s activity, initially supporting members in need, but subsequently also outsiders. In modern times, the Clothworkers’ charitable activity has been channelled through its grant-making charity, The Clothworkers’ Foundation, and its associated trusts which focus on relief in need, education and blind welfare. The Company passes its income, having paid the expenses of running the Hall and its activities, across

to the Foundation each year. This, together with income from the Foundation’s own investments, is distributed to a broad range of charities. The Company remains a membership organisation, although there are no longer direct links with its original trade. Members join as Freemen or Freewomen, and some are elected to the Livery, when they take a more active role in the Company. The Court of Assistants, headed by the Master, runs the affairs of the Company, acting as a board of directors. The board of trustees of the Foundation is drawn from the Court of the Company. The Company has owned a Hall on the same site since the fifteenth century. This contains the administrative offices, together with function rooms used for member meetings and events. The latter are available for hire to third parties to make the venue accessible when not required for the Company’s own purposes. This Review covers the key activities of the Company: in textiles (where the Foundation is also active), its emerging interest in trusteeship, the focus of its collections, and its support for the armed forces. It also contains information on the broad range of charitable activity undertaken by the Foundation. Whilst the financial information on our charity and the list of grants made relate to the calendar year 2009, the commentary extends to activities in the first half of 2010. The Review is directed both at the members of the Company as well as interested outside parties; we hope it will make interesting and informative reading on the modern role of an ancient City Livery Company.


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Textiles Although the Company is no longer directly involved in its root trade of cloth finishing, we are a significant supporter of textile and colour science projects in the UK, both through the Company and the Foundation.

The National Archives This dye recipe book dates from the early 18th century and was found in a cupboard in a West Country courthouse where it had been for over 250 years. Now in The National Archives at Kew, it was originally used at a dyeing factory in Somerset as a day-to-day working tool. Few such books have survived, and the cache discovered in Somerset is a rare source of original dye recipes and matching samples. Since they have not been exposed to light for almost three centuries, the colours are exceptionally reliable and the sample books are an extraordinary resource for textile, social and industrial historians. We are providing a £49,600 grant as part of our support of conservation to explore how these rare resources may be made accessible without damaging them.

The National Achives


Our objectives ● Support the development of a thriving technical textiles sector ● Maintain our support of academic excellence and innovation in technical textiles, traditional textiles and colour science in the UK ● Encourage young adults to pursue studies and a career in these fields ● Selectively support and reward excellence in textile design ● Contribute to the preservation and accessibility of textile collections of national importance

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Board of Trade Registers of Design

Technical textiles The Centre for Technical Textiles at Leeds University is a leader in applied research in the field. We have supported the Centre through grants for equipment, most recently for a melt blowing machine which produces nonwovens directly from polymers or resins using high-velocity air streams to attenuate the filaments. We provided £35,000 towards the acquisition and installation of the equipment. In 2008, we agreed funding of £120,000 to sponsor two PhD projects in nonwovens at Leeds and Manchester with a view to encouraging greater collaboration between the two universities. The projects are jointly supervised by professors at Leeds and Manchester. The Manchester project is looking to establish a cost-effective way to recycle waste textiles, converting them to rag paper and then yarn, with the challenge of developing the technology to make the yarn suitable for garment manufacture. The Leeds research is examining the scope for recycling Kevlar, a high-cost fabric used in protective clothing, for use in high-performance nonwoven fabrics. Both students have completed their second year, and it is pleasing to see evidence of greater collaboration and cross-fertilisation between the two departments. Sustainability is becoming increasingly important in the textile world generally, and we have an interest in further involvement in this area.

Academic excellence and innovation in technical textiles, traditional textiles and colour science We regularly provide funding to the School of Design and Department of Colour Science at Leeds University and also to the Department of Textiles and Paper at Manchester University to acquire specialist equipment to help them in teaching and research. In 2009, we gave Colour Science at Leeds £46,000 towards the cost of a scanning electron microscope to replace an obsolete model; our grant enabled them to obtain matching Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) funding, and the new equipment will allow the Department to expand its services to industry. Manchester University is looking to build up its colour science activity after a period of relative dormancy. As part of this, it needs to equip its Centre for Colour and Digital Imaging. In 2010, we have agreed a grant of £20,000 towards these costs. The Clothworkers’ Innovation Fund was established at Leeds University in 2006 to provide earlystage financial support for commercially-promising ideas generated by academics in textiles and colour science. The Fund is a joint-venture with the University. In its first three years, it has supported over 30 projects, a number of which show considerable promise. Case studies on three ventures are contained elsewhere in this Review. The Company has committed £400,000 to the Fund to date, which is matched by the University by way of cash and in-kind support. The Society of Dyers and Colourists is one of the leading international authorities on colour. It is holding its Textiles UK Conference at Clothworkers’ Hall in October 2010; the event, which is being sponsored jointly by the Clothworkers’ and Dyers’ Companies, will focus on good practice in wool dyeing, design and manufacture to raise the profile of wool as a useable fibre.

Nonwovens research laboratory, Leeds University


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Encouraging young adults We are currently supporting several PhD projects at Leeds University. Robert Henderson is researching the extraction and identification of natural dyes for sustainable and historical applications, and is being funded by the Foundation at a level of £60,000 over three years. In 2010, we sought applications from academic staff in Textiles and Colour Science at Leeds for PhD funding. As a result, we have awarded a £60,000 grant for a project to improve the electrical conductivity and performance of smart textiles in healthcare applications through the development of speciality polymers. In addition, we have agreed a grant of £30,000 to support a PhD research project into low-water application processes for dyes and finishes, and a grant of £10,000 towards the first-year costs of a PhD project involving the application of light-emitting diodes inside fibres to allow instant colour change. We made a final MSc bursary award, in Colour and Imaging Science at Leeds; the Trustees are now focusing our postgraduate support at PhD level. Manchester University established a BSc Textile Technology course last year, the only such undergraduate programme in the UK. Demand for the course has grown, and we have agreed two three-year bursaries for UK students totalling £21,000 for the coming year. The Department of Colour Science at Leeds has a worldwide reputation, but struggles to attract applicants from the UK

Conservators at work at the Victoria & Albert Museum

for its undergraduate courses. They are using annual grants from us totalling £50,000 to establish an enhanced recruitment programme, involving visits to schools, events hosted at the University and student bursaries. A common problem for newly-qualified textile designers is the lack of equipment on which to produce work to advance their careers. They no longer have access to college facilities and the cost of renting and equipping a studio can be prohibitive for a young designer. London Printworks Trust provides affordable studio space which is used regularly by over 300 designers for textile printing. We have given them a grant of £25,000 to upgrade their workshop equipment. No similar facility currently exists for weave or knit. Our fellow Livery Company, The Weavers’ Company, has established a work placement programme which brings together talented graduating textile students and UK employers. Companies are often reluctant to take on new graduates and students may not consider applying for roles in manufacturing. Using their extensive industry contacts, the Weavers look to match employer and employee and pay 50% of the initial six months’ salary cost as an inducement. The scheme, which supports four placements each year, is helping to get young textile graduates into industry; we have offered a grant of £20,000 to allow them to double the capacity of the programme in 2011. Excellence in textile design Given our roots in the manufacturing end of the industry, we are selective in our support of textile design. We are involved in the key textile design competitions in the UK. For many years, we have been a major supporter of the Bradford Textile Society fabric


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Holly Bradley-Gill

design competition, which attracts entries from undergraduates at over 30 colleges around the country. Texprint provides a springboard for 24 of the most talented graduating textile designers in the UK. Entries are judged by a panel of industry experts and the winners are taken to Premiere Vision, a major textile design show held in Paris, to exhibit and market their portfolios. We have been one of Texprint’s largest supporters over the last ten years and this year awarded the Weave Prize, which was won by Holly Bradley-Gill, a graduate of Central Saint Martins. We also sponsor the Printed Textile Prize at New Designers, a major event for graduating design students held in London each year. The prize was awarded to Nathalie Murray who has just graduated from Northumbria University. We continue to provide two bursaries to support MA Textile Design students at the Royal College of Art each year. The Textile Institute organises a Design Means Business event each summer at which graduating textile and fashion students from a number of UK colleges are able to show their work to representatives from industry. The Company has agreed to provide sponsorship of this event over a three-year period.

garments from Central Asia, Japan and Europe and mediaeval English work. Following discussions over an extended period, early in 2010 the Foundation agreed a grant of £1m to the Victoria & Albert Museum towards the creation of a textiles and fashion study and conservation centre in Blythe House, a facility currently used for collections storage. In recognition of the level of our support, it will be called The Clothworkers’ Centre. The £3m project will allow students, designers and researchers greater access to the Museum’s world-leading collection of textiles and fashion. In addition, it will include state-of-the-art conservation and storage facilities. The Foundation has been a significant supporter of the Textile Conservation Centre for many years and, when faced with closure by Southampton University, we were keen to help them find a new home. In September 2010, a new textile conservation centre is being established at the University of Glasgow; the centre will focus on multi-disciplinary object-based teaching and research that encompasses conservation in the physical sciences, as well as art history and textile history. At an early stage of their campaign we offered an underwriting commitment of £100,000 towards the capital costs of relocation and £24,000 to support MA bursaries. In the event, their fundraising efforts have been very successful and our actual level of funding has been lower.

Preservation and accessibility of textile collections In late 2009, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford reopened after a £61m redevelopment. We made a £250,000 grant towards the Textiles Gallery which houses their extensive collection, which includes Indian mediaeval textiles, early Islamic embroideries, Royal School of Needlework Blythe House


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Clothworkers’ Innovation Fund at Leeds University


RadiVis Steve Russell (Textiles) and Paul Steenson (Engineering) have been developing a technology for use in search and rescue, and road safety applications. Radar requires a flat electrically-conducting surface in order for a strong signal to be reflected back to the sending device. Currently, it is virtually impossible to use radar to locate people lost at sea or on land, or in the urban environment, since any of the usual optically-reflective devices are unlikely to provide a suitable radar reflection. Furthermore, the visible light reflectors, which are now in fairly widespread use, are not visible when obscured in any way – such as through mist, cloud or in heavy rain, or even by a thin covering of snow or dust or fabric.

The team is developing garment lining materials which are highly reflective to radar for applications in outdoor clothing, lifejackets and rafts. The technology involves lightweight radar retro-reflector panels, using an appropriately-shaped surface which can

The Fund has supported over 30 projects, a number of which show considerable promise.

provide a strong radar reflection capability at all angles making the wearer highly visible to radar. This flexible reflective membrane, within the lining, does not compromise the garment’s wearability, durability or appearance of the fabric, and the technology can be extended for use in a road safety context; for example, in children’s and other vulnerable road users’ clothing (such as cyclists and other pedestrians). The aim of this aspect of the work is to optimise the lining so that it can be linked to the automated braking and radar systems found in many vehicles today, with the intent of preventing, in the near future, very many high speed collisions between motor vehicles and vulnerable road users, which is one of the primary causes of premature death in an urban environment. The inventors are currently at the stage of prototype optimisation and commercial appraisal. The Innovation Fund has provided £45,000 towards patent filing, market research and prototype development and testing, which has helped to unlock funding from the Regional Development Agency. Flexible membrane of reflectors

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Waterless dry-cleaning Stephen Burkinshaw (Textiles) has invented a technology which allows clothes to be washed using 90% less water than a normal laundry cycle. The process uses nylon beads instead of water; the 3mm-long beads flood the washing machine drum once the clothes are wet and the humidity is at the right level. They can get into all the crevices and folds of clothing and, when wet, the beads attract stains to their surface which then diffuse into the centre of the bead. They clean clothes efficiently and can be re-used hundreds of times. The technology would have a significant impact on the energy costs and environmental impact of laundry washing. A spin-out company, Xeros, has been formed to market the technology. A prototype washing machine has been built and the company is working towards a product for the commercial laundry market. The Innovation Fund provided £9,000 early-stage funding for initial patent protection.

Salt and alkali-free dyeing Long Lin and Weidong He (Colour Science) have invented a novel technology, the HeLin system, which has the capability of transforming the cost and environmental impact of textile dyeing. Currently, cellulosic fibres are predominantly dyed with reactive dyes using a large quantity of salt to “force” most of the dyes out of the dye bath onto the fibres, followed by fixation of the “adsorbed” dyes onto the fibres under alkaline conditions. Such a process is inefficient and inevitably produces an unusable dye bath containing residual dyes, and high concentrations of salt and alkali, an effluent that causes significant environmental damage even after costly treatment. The HeLin technology provides a lowcost means to dye cotton textiles, and

completely removes the use of salt and alkaline materials. This will enable dyeing mills to recycle all process water used in dyeing operations, rather than discharging it as effluent, and allow fully automatic process control. This revolutionary approach saves energy, materials and process costs; minimises dye effluent and environmental problems; and further facilitates the conversion from batch to continuous operations. Professor Lin’s team is currently in negotiations with leading dye companies to license the technology. Innovation Fund grants of £27,000 have provided vital support for leveraging Yorkshire Concept funding (a regional development fund), patent filing, technical trials and marketing costs, advancing the project at a fast pace that would otherwise be difficult to achieve.


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Charitable Grants 2009 Royal School of Needlework Capital costs of setting up a new Foundation/BA Hons course in hand embroidery £75,000

Nathalie Murray receiving her Printed Textile Prize

University of Leeds School of Design PhD in sustainable textiles examining the extraction and identification of natural dyes £60,000

University of Leeds Department of Colour Science MSc bursary in colour and imaging science £10,000

University of Leeds Department of Colour Science Scanning electron microscope £46,000

Royal College of Art Bursaries for two MA Textile Design students £10,000

University of Leeds Department of Colour Science Anti-counterfeit research centre £40,000 University of Leeds Department of Colour Science Funding of activities to attract undergraduate applications £25,000

Texprint Supporting UK textile design students in showing their work £10,000 Bradford Textile Society Prizes for student fabric design competition £6,000

University of Leeds Centre for Technical Textiles Melt blowing system to produce non-woven materials £25,000 University of Leeds School of Design Sweating guarded hot plate system for use in performance clothing testing £24,000 University of Manchester Department of Textiles and Paper BSc bursary in textile science and technology £15,000 City of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery Development Trust Conservation and redisplay of items in needlework and tapestry collections at Ashton Hall £15,000

Total £361,000

Company Support 2009 Textile Institute Design Means Business exhibition


Society of Dyers and Colourists UK Textiles Conference


New Designers Prize in printed textiles

£2,150 Total £22,150

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Trusteeship Following a strategic review, the Company has decided that trusteeship should be its common purpose. This is a long-term initiative with the intention that, over time, the majority of our members should be involved in civil society, whether by acting as a charity trustee, school governor or a member of a PCC. We are developing our understanding of the issues surrounding trusteeship and demonstrating our interest by sponsoring selected projects. We have established a partnership with New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), a think tank which helps funders and charities achieve a greater impact. In 2009 NPC, with financial support from the Company, produced a report entitled Board Matters on the subject of trusteeship. It identified a number of areas which require attention: increasing the pool of trustees; creating an effective matching service bringing individuals and charities together; coordinating access to appropriate information on trusteeship; funding research into best practice; and improving trustee boards’ performance. The report was well received in the voluntary

sector and has helped to inform our thinking. As a result, we have provided funding of £80,000 to Reach, a charity which matches skilled volunteers to organizations. A £30,000 grant from the Foundation helped them to update their IT systems and a £50,000 donation from the Company went towards the launch of their trustee broking service, TrusteeWorks. In an endeavour to eliminate arguably sub-scale activity in trustee recruitment, we offered some funding to facilitate mergers, but these offers were not taken up. A series of breakfast seminars on trusteeship was mounted jointly by NPC and the Company at Clothworkers’ Hall. These were well attended and provoked some lively debate on the issues. We have subsequently sponsored an NPC update on trusteeship which was published in July 2010 and received favourable comments in the media. We have agreed to fund similar updates in each of the next two years. We have assembled information on our members’ involvement and potential interest in trusteeship, and will be using this in the autumn to organize some workshops.


Deed granting property, signed and sealed by Thomas Cromwell, 20 April 1540.

Detail of Cromwell’s seal

Portrait of Thomas Cromwell, after Holbein

National Portrait Gallery

Recent discoveries in the Archive include a small number of deeds bearing the signature and seal of Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex, Lord Privy Seal and a key figure in the English Reformation and dissolution of the monasteries. At one time, Cromwell owned a piece of land in the parish of St Bartholomew the Less, which today forms part of the Company’s Angel Court estate in London EC2. From these documents we may speculate that Cromwell sensed his impending fall from Henry VIII’s grace – two months before he was attainted for high treason and later executed at Tyburn, he wisely gifted his property to a John Williamson, gentleman of Kent, thought to be his deceased wife’s brother-in-law.

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Archives and Collections


Bookbinding The Company continues to lend its support to bookbinding and has during the past year received two further design bindings. The Encylopedia of Textiles, an important reference work on the history of textiles throughout the ages, was bound in soft red suede with gold and beadwork embroidery by Jenni Grey. David Wickham’s double-volume illustrated history of the Company, The Deluge of Time, received a more abstract treatment from Jeff Clements MBE, who took inspiration from the Company’s craft origins. For example, the triangular beige inlays in both bindings represent the shape of cloth seen between the blades of a pair of shears and the recessed curved lines a simplified form of teasels. Each of the strong vertical lines represents one of the Company’s previous Halls. We have recently embarked upon a series of new commissions with Christopher Shaw, James Brockman and Flora Ginn. In future, we intend to display our collection of bindings in the Entrance Hall so that visitors to the Hall can enjoy these striking examples of modern design and craftsmanship. Plate The Company has recently embarked upon a new plate commission with Jane Short, the celebrated enameller and silversmith. She had previously designed pieces for a variety of public and private collections including The Royal Collection and The Goldsmiths’ Company. Short, with the assistance of the silversmith Clive Burr, will be making an enamelled and engraved centrepiece for use at lunches and dinners. Her design is inspired by her roots in a wool town in the West Country and another traditional use of fleece, besides cloth-making, in panning gold from riverbeds. The centrepiece will incorporate enamelling in a variety of blues, greys and gold to represent the form and colour of fleece and flecks of gold in water. It will be the first

Top: Enclyopedia of Textiles binding by Jenni Grey Below: Deluge of Time binding by Jeff Clements

example of plate in our collection to feature enamelling, and indeed colour, as the key element in its design. This commission continues our policy to build a representative collection of the best of contemporary

New cruets designed by Rod Kelly

Jane Short’s design for the Clothworkers’ centrepiece

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images of documents, available on the Company’s website in due course. Data entry of the Company’s historic Freedom and Apprenticeship records has now reached completion after nearly two and a half years. Over 20,000 Freedoms and 30,000 Apprenticeships spanning four hundred years of records have been entered into a searchable database which is now undergoing final editing and spot checking before it is launched online. The database will be a major research resource for academics, enabling the analysis of trends in Company membership for the first time, and also genealogists:

Detail of a commemorative charger by Jane Short

British silver and arises from the recent sale of a large number of functional items of cutlery which have long been surplus to requirements. Archives The Company’s archive has been very busy in recent months, with a focus on improving access to descriptions and transcriptions of our records. Further archival support has been provided by Jemma Lee, a recentlyqualified archivist, who is currently cataloguing the Company’s estates and charitable trusts records in CALM, our archive database. We intend to make this database, to gether with selected

Apprenticeship Register over 100,000 people are named in our membership records and details such as occupation and place of residence are frequently recorded from the seventeenth century onwards. The database will be of great interest to anyone wishing to learn more about their Clothworker ancestors and we hope that our current members will be inspired to trace their family histories. In time it is hoped that other Livery Companies will contribute to the project and thus create a collaborative database of wider Company membership.

West Election Cup designed by Lexi Dick, 2009. Gift of Anthony West, Past Master


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Research The Clothworkers’ Company has recently approved a grant to the Centre for Metropolitan History for a oneyear research fellowship project entitled ‘People, Property and Charity: The Clothworkers’ Company 1500-1750’. The project aims to address questions about the origins of the Company’s wealth (such as whether it did originate from cloth) and how this has been managed over time. Biographical studies of key benefactors to the Company will be produced, in addition to an online gazetteer of the properties they bequeathed to the Clothworkers. It is our intention to link this information to contemporary plans in order to map the location of the Company’s properties and their development over time. Dr Annaleigh Margey, whose PhD was on mapping of the Irish Plantations, has been appointed to the fellowship and will commence work this autumn.


Plan of Company property in Monkwell Street, from the Treswell plan book, 1612

Stained glass window with a scene of “The Classroom”

Stained glass A set of twelve stained glass windows previously housed at the Company’s former school, Mary Datchelor Girls’ School in Camberwell, formed an unusual addition to our collections in 2008. The windows were made in the 1890s by Lavers, Barraud and Westlake, a leading manufacturer of stained glass, and feature portraits of a number of important figures in the history of female education, in addition to depictions of various educational scenes. The firm was also responsible for the glass in the fifth Clothworkers’ Hall and Lavers himself was Master of the Company in 1893. A decision was taken to salvage the glass from possible destruction when the site of the School was sold for development. The windows recently returned from conservation where they were thoroughly cleaned and any damaged and missing panes restored, and are now being researched and written up by Martin Harrison, an authority on Victorian stained glass. A short publication detailing the history and design of the glass, accompanied by high quality photography of the windows and associated archival material, will be produced in the autumn. As important examples of Victorian secular stained glass, it is our intention to find a home for the windows where they will be on permanent display.

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Support for the Armed Forces In common with many other City Livery Companies, we have active links with particular units in the Armed Forces and Cadets.

HMS Dauntless This is one of six new Type 45 destroyers ordered by the Royal Navy. With a crew of 200, the Dauntless can reach her design speed of 29 knots in 70 seconds. It is an air defence destroyer with short and long range anti-air capability. Launched at the beginning of 2007, the Dauntless was commissioned in June 2010, and the Master and several members of the Company attended the ceremony. A good relationship has been established, with a number of Clothworkers already having been on board the Ship and several officers from the Dauntless joining the Company for dinner at the Hall. We have made a grant of £25,000 to the Ship’s welfare fund to allow the Captain to fund social, sporting and training activities for the crew.

Scots Guards In 2008 we established an affiliation with the Scots Guards which is developing well. The 1st Battalion will be returning from a tour of duty in Afghanistan in October. Whilst the Regiment was in Kandahar, the Company despatched forty DVD players to allow the troops to relax when off duty, and a number of Liverymen and staff sent ‘buddy boxes’ to Guardsmen on deployment. At a social level, we have exchanged hospitality on a

number of occasions and played croquet and golf matches. We will be hosting a fundraising event for the Regimental welfare fund later in the year. The Regiment is presenting the Company with a 1905 King’s Colour which has been hanging in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh. The Colour is currently being conserved prior to being hung at Clothworkers’ Hall. In late 2009, we made a grant to the Regiment’s social funds which went towards the Guardsmen’s Christmas lunch and children’s presents, and various sporting and social activities.

First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) FANY, the Princess Royal’s Volunteer Corps, was formed in 1907 to support civil and military authorities in times of national emergency. It is made up of women volunteers from all walks of life. We are funding for three years the salary of the Corps’ Training Officer, whose role ensures that members can fulfil their obligation to the authorities in times of emergency.

Cadet Units We have forged links with units of the Army Cadet Force and Sea Cadets. Unit 42 of the ACF is based in Essex and linked to the Scots Guards. We provide modest financial support to allow cadets from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend Summer Camp. We are affiliated with the London Area Sea Cadets and have been pleased to provide a grant of £5,000 for the purchase of sports kit. At the request of the Lord Mayor, we are seeking a link with a unit of the St John Ambulance Cadets in Greater London.



Review of Charitable Giving 2009

HMS Dauntless


In 2009, the Foundation made grants totalling £4.1m, compared to £5.0m in 2008.

is contained later in this report, together with profiles of a small selection of the charities we have supported.

Grants 2005-2009 £000 2005 £3,660 2006 £4,337 2007 £6,490 2008 £4,951 2009 £4,116

Distribution by grants programme £000 Main £2,759 Small £563 Regular £365 Proactive £429 Total

Financial report Although the value of the investment portfolio recovered significantly following the depressed level at the end of 2008, income remained subdued. During 2009, investment income was 18% less than the prior year and donations from the Company were lower for the same reason. The Trustees took a cautious approach during the year given the uncertainties in global financial markets. Towards the end of 2009, the Company advised that it would be able to make a larger donation than originally envisaged. This did not allow sufficient time to commit the funds prior to year end and, as a result, excess reserves were held as at the balance sheet date. However, a major grant, which had been under discussion for some time, was committed early in 2010, thereby absorbing the excess. During 2009 the Trustees reviewed the Foundation and Trusts’ investment strategy and approved a revised asset allocation, which is being implemented in 2010.

Reactive giving The Main Grants Programme dominates our giving and responds to appeals for capital projects in six categories: encouragement of young people, social inclusion, disability, elderly, visual impairment and textiles. The Small Grants Programme is designed to help smaller charities with grants of up to £10,000 for capital projects. Our intention is to provide a decision within six weeks. Demand has continued to be strong and the Trustees were able to increase the Programme’s allocation to accommodate this. The Regular Grants Programme is not open to applications; rather, the Trustees have selected a small number of charities to receive a grant each year, subject to annual review. The beneficiaries are largely charities that distribute grants to individuals in need, together with students in particular disciplines.

Grant-making activity We made 255 grants in 2009, down from 280 the previous year. Fifty-five percent of the grants were for £10,000 or less, and only 3% were for more than £50,000, reflecting the lower level of income and the mix of applications. Our approval rate was steady at 33%, a considerable increase on our historical experience. We continue to be disheartened by the number of charities whose staff dissipate resources by submitting applications that patently do not meet our published guidelines – in 2009 these comprised 38% of requests received. A number of grants are made each year to higher education institutions. There is currently a Government scheme which provides an element of matched funding for charitable donations made to universities; we are seeking to ensure that any such matching arising from our grants is applied to the project we are supporting at the institution. A list of all grants over £10,000 made during 2009

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Proactive Grants Programme The three areas under this Programme – autism, mathematics education and conservation – have each been allocated £1.25m over a five-year period. The Trustees identify projects they are interested in supporting, and unsolicited applications are not accepted. We are mid-way through the Programme and each initiative is at a different stage. The Trustees expect to commit the bulk of the £3.75m available by the end of 2010 and to review the impact of the Programme thereafter. Later in this Review are progress reports on each of the Programme areas up to mid 2010.

Income remained subdued during 2009 and the Trustees took a cautious approach, making grants totalling £4.1m.


Combined Summary Financial Information Year ended 31 December 2009 2009 £000

2008 £000

1,912 3,203 5,115

2,441 3,894 6,335



4,116 425 25 4,697

4,951 405 32 5,533

Net incoming resources Gains /(losses) on investment assets

418 14,817

802 (22,012)

Net movement in funds Fund balances brought forward at 1 January

15,235 90,932

(21,210) 112,142



2009 £000

2008 £000

FIXED ASSETS Investments at market value



Current assets Creditors due within one year NET CURRENT ASSETS NET ASSETS

4,655 (2,427) 2,228 106,167

4,930 (3.163) 1,767 90,932

Restricted funds Unrestricted funds TOTAL FUNDS

57,850 48,317 106,167

49,580 41,352 90,932

INCOMING RESOURCES Donations and gifts Investment and rental income Total incoming resources RESOURCES EXPENDED Cost of generating funds Charitable expenditure: Grants (net of returned/cancelled grants) Support costs Governance costs Total resources expended

Fund balances carried forward at 31 December

Grants by category – amounts awarded % Textiles Encouragement of young people Disability Visual impairment Elderly Social inclusion Mathematics education Autism 1% Conservation Other 1%


9% 17% 23% 5% 6% 27% 7% 4%

These figures combine the incoming and outgoing resources and assets and liabilities of The Clothworkers’ Foundation, the Clothworkers’ Charity for Education, the Clothworkers’ Charity for Relief in Need, and the Clothworkers’ Charity for Welfare of the Blind, and have been extracted from audited accounts of the charities. The full reports and accounts of the charities can be obtained from the Charity Commission website or the Chief Executive, The Clothworkers’ Foundation, Clothworkers’ Hall, Dunster Court, Mincing Lane, London, EC3R 7AH

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Encouragement of Young People Federation of London Youth Clubs


The Federation of London Youth Clubs, commonly known as London Youth, is a vibrant network of 400 youth clubs serving 75,000 young people across the capital, with a particular emphasis on those who are disadvantaged or at risk. High in the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex and set in 300 acres of woodland just over an hour from London, Hindleap Warren Outdoor Education Centre creates exceptional opportunities for personal and social development. Each year it welcomes around 8,500 young people. The Centre, which has been operating for 34 years, began a £2m development programme early in 2009, with a view to increasing the annual capacity to 10,700. The first phase of the project has been the building of a new accommodation block at a cost of £1.6m. Hindleap operates year round, hosting groups of young people from schools and youth groups for carefully-designed weekend or mid-week programmes of activity. It is also used to host the Activenture project which provides activity breaks for young people with disabilities and special needs. The bright and modern new residential building will allow many more children to enjoy the many activities that

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are on offer. These provide young people with high-quality personal development and outdoor learning experiences which will stand them in good stead for the future. We were delighted to be able to provide a grant of £50,000 towards the cost of the new dormitory building.

Youngsters enjoying kneeboarding with London Youth

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London Youth Activenture activity break

Federation of London Youth Clubs Extension and improvements to Hindleap Warren, a residential centre for young people in the Ashdown Forest, East Sussex £50,000 Scout Association (Northern Ireland Scout Council) Residential accommodation for use by Scout and other voluntary and community youth groups £40,000 Hillside Rural Activities Park Changing facilities at a community centre providing sporting activities for young people in North Yorkshire £40,000 YouthNet UK IT equipment for a charity providing online support services to young people on health, relationships, work, drink/drugs and other issues £30,000 UCL Medical School Intercalated BSc bursaries


Lurgan YMCA New youth centre to improve community relations between at risk young people in an area of Northern Ireland which suffers from sectarianism £30,000

Linacre Methodist Mission Refurbishment of games hall at a community centre in Merseyside £30,000 King’s College London Intercalated BSc bursaries


Brunswick Club Trust Refurbishment of a youth club in Fulham £23,000 Keeping Kids Company Minibus for a charity working with vulnerable young people in Southwark £22,000 London Community Cricket Association Flooring, website and marketing materials at an indoor cricket centre to provide sporting opportunities for disadvantaged young people £21,500 Amber Foundation Refurbishment of toilet and bathroom facilities for a charity in Wiltshire which helps young people in crisis to transform their lives £20,000 Country Holidays for Inner City Kids (CHICKS) Short breaks and holidays at the seaside or in the countryside for disadvantaged young people £20,000

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YouthNet was set up in 1995 by the broadcaster Martyn Lewis. It is the UK’s first exclusively online charity providing information, guidance and support to young people, and helping them to make educated life choices, participate in society and achieve their ambitions. YouthNet does this by delivering high-quality information, signposting and frontline emotional support primarily through the internet, but increasingly through mobile phones, digital interactive TV and hand-held devices – tools which appeal to young people and which are central to the way they communicate. We awarded £30,000 towards IT equipment to help YouthNet cope with the huge, and ever increasing, demand for its services from young people. This is the second grant made by the Foundation to the charity; in 2002, we gave them £25,000 towards the costs of their

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office relocation and refurbishment. The charity has two complementary online projects. The first, TheSite, offers confidential support and guidance to over 480,000 16 to 25 year olds each month. Someone visits TheSite .org every five minutes for a range of reasons: they could join a live chat with a mental health specialist, discuss politics on discussion boards, campaign for better representation of young people in the media, or seek advice, information and support from experts and peers; or they could access/ download one of over 2,000 factsheets and articles on issues such as sex and relationships, drink and drugs, or work and study. The second, Do-it, is a national database of volunteering opportunities for young people to help them improve their own lives and those of the people around them. YouthNet’s popularity amongst young users is clear both from the sheer number who access the website each month, as well as from the positive feedback from those young people such as: “Thanks for making it so easy. And thanks for making it anonymous – I don’t think I would have had the courage to write otherwise – and I’d still be swirling around.”

Young Concern Trust Equipment and furniture for a new youth counselling and support centre in Harlow, Essex £20,000

Brathay Hall Trust New vehicle for a charity which provides outdoor adventure activities to disadvantaged young people in Cumbria £15,000

Ilderton Motor Project Mobile IT literacy suites to provide pre-vocational courses and activities on motor maintenance to at risk young people in London £15,000

Springfield Community Flat Conversion and installation of a marine container at a youth club in Lambeth to enable indoor activities to take place £12,000

Hounslow Action for Youth Association Equipping and refurbishing a youth centre in Middlesex £15,000

South Yorkshire Victim Offender Mediation Service Film and IT equipment to enable the production of films by vulnerable young people at risk of engaging in serious crime £12,000

Gloucestershire African and Caribbean Association Minibus to transport disadvantaged young people to out-of-school activities £15,000

29 other grants of £10,000 or less Total £681,000

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Disability Sea Sanctuary Set up in 2006, Sea Sanctuary is an innovative marinebased service in Cornwall offering a unique approach to comprehensive mental health care for people with depression, anxiety and self-harm issues, especially those who have disengaged from help. It delivers this, generally over four-day periods along the Cornish coast, on board a 43-foot classic yacht based at Falmouth. The charity had been chartering a boat to take groups out on trips. This arrangement had a number of disadvantages, not least preventing Sea Sanctuary from establishing contractual agreements with referrers, including the local NHS Primary Care Trust. After considerable effort, it had only been able to raise £10,000 towards the £50,000 cost of purchasing the yacht. Accordingly, our award of a grant of £40,000 allowed them to acquire the Leopold of Falmouth in late 2009 and the boat has since been put to good use in helping people with mental health problems. With a formal partnership with the NHS now in place, a strong flow of referrals is now being seen and a

number of people have benefitted from receiving psycho-education during trips on the Leopold. Sea Sanctuary aims to create the ideal setting for mental health to flourish by offering hope and purpose through therapy, education and training, and respite care using the yacht (and Cornwall’s natural marine environment) as an alternative venue for mental health care. The ethos behind Sea Sanctuary is based on modern research reflecting the findings of studies based on wilderness settings and the therapeutic benefits of combining activity and therapy for mental health clients, delivered in a non-clinical setting. The unique environment of a working sea-faring vessel makes the probability of therapeutic change more likely; the psychological and physiological benefits of the service which Sea Sanctuary provides, together with the rigorous physical exercise involved, increase the production of serotonin which has beneficial effects on mental health.

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Lake District Calvert Trust For over 30 years the Calvert Trust has been helping people with disabilities, their families and friends to achieve their full potential through outdoor adventure activities in the countryside. Today it welcomes over 11,000 visitors each year at its three centres (in Northumberland, Exmoor National Park, and the Lake District) and provides a range of adventurous outdoor activities delivered by highlyqualified staff and volunteers. The Trust has been a pioneer in expanding access to the outdoors for people with disabilities. It launched the first sailing dinghy adapted for the disabled, pioneered wheelchair abseiling and contributed to the design of the first off-road wheelchair. Most activities offer-

ed are water-based, from water safety training through to learning basic skills in canoeing and sailing. As part of an ambitious £3.7m programme to upgrade and extend the facilities in Cumbria, the Trust is building a new water centre at a cost of £1.9m. We awarded £100,000 towards the cost of the new water centre. The existing swimming pool was constructed over 30 years ago and no longer meets the needs of users with increasingly complex disabilities. The new facility is more than just a swimming pool – it includes revolutionary new features such as a ‘river effect’ water jet and hydrotherapy features

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which will enable visitors with even the most complex needs to benefit from activities. The pool is used for a number of purposes including relaxation, swimming and hydrotherapy. The water centre is also used for training other organisations in providing water-based activities for disabled people, and is available as a community resource for local disabled people.

23 Lake District Calvert Trust New water centre providing specialist support such as hydrotherapy for people with complex disabilities £100,000

Shield South Yorkshire HIV Support Group Construction of a holistic therapy suite for a charity supporting people living with HIV £25,000

Bobath Scotland New centre in Glasgow for a charity supporting children with cerebral palsy £50,000

Eating Disorders Association Online mentoring programme for young people recovering from an eating disorder £20,000

Aspire Adaptation and refurbishment of two new properties in Stoke-on-Trent for a charity providing supported housing for people with spinal cord injury £50,000

Where Next Association IT equipment and vehicle for a new social enterprise project providing work experience and training opportunities for young people with special needs in Worcestershire £20,000

Disability Direct Refurbishment of centre for a charity supporting disabled people in Derby to set up in business or to gain employment £48,000

Sussex Deaf Association Refurbishment of toilet facilities at a centre in Brighton £20,000

Sea Sanctuary Purchase of yacht to be used to provide activities and support to people with mental health issues in the South West £40,000 Cherry Trees Upgrade of, and improvements to, kitchen and dining facilities for a charity providing respite care to disabled children in Surrey £40,000

Suffolk Deaf Association Vehicle providing a mobile hearing-support clinic and transportation for hearing-impaired people £20,000 Holy Nativity, Chapel House Equipping a community kitchen to provide cookery skills and healthy meals for disadvantaged people in Newcastle £20,000

Birmingham Rathbone Society Renovation of learning centre for young people with learning difficulties £40,000

DGSM YourChoice Refurbishments to kitchen and dining areas of a residential home for people with special needs in Dartford, Kent £20,000

Plymouth Highbury Trust Refurbishment of community hall for a charity working with young people with learning disabilities £30,000

City and Hackney Mind Refurbishment of a rundown building for a charity providing services to people with acute mental health needs £20,000

St Luke’s Hospice Refurbishment of premises in Middlesex £30,000

St Richard’s Hospice Foundation Ten specialist beds at a hospice in Worcestershire £18,000

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Shield South Yorkshire HIV Support


SHIELD was set up in 1985 to improve the quality of life of people in South Yorkshire infected with, and affected by, HIV and Hepatitis C by complementing local health and social services. Help provided includes benefits advice, ICT training, a lunch and activities club, a group for HIV positive women and their young children, a gym and complementary therapies. In addition, SHIELD offers support in getting HIV positive people back into the workplace, promotes independent living, runs an outreach prevention programme throughout the region and raises awareness in the community at large. Although medical advances in HIV care have been life-changing, negative stereotypes and social stigma remain. Disclosure is a problem for many, especially those in rural communities, and this impacts on their physical and mental health. SHIELD works with and supports people from a range of cultures and backgrounds. One client, a 37-

year old Congolese woman fled the Congo after being kidnapped and held at a rebel camp where she was raped repeatedly. She has been receiving counselling and therapy at SHIELD, together with food hampers, clothing and complementary therapies. Since accessing SHIELD’s centre, her feelings of stress, isolation and depression have decreased significantly, and her confidence has grown. We awarded a grant of £25,000 towards the installation of therapy pods at the charity’s centre in Sheffield which are used to provide a wide range of therapies to clients, including psychotherapy, massage and hypnosis. The therapy pods include a calming reception area, mood lighting, massage couches for use by therapists as well as meeting/office space. The therapy pods make a real difference in enabling SHIELD to provide important services to newlydiagnosed and existing clients, many of whom are marginalised and stigmatised.

Heritage Park Community School Equipping and furnishing family learning and food technology rooms to run activities for young people in Sheffield with special educational needs £18,000

Fairplay Wheelchair-accessible minibus to transport children with disabilities in Chesterfield, Yorkshire £15,000

Finchale Training College Decorating and furnishing newly-refurbished and modernised residential accommodation at a college for disabled people in Durham and the North East £17,000 City and Hackney Carers Centre Holidays and day trips for families of children with special needs, and therapeutic treatments for carers £16,000 South Edinburgh Amenities Group Adapted minibus to transport elderly and disabled people to appointments and activities £15,000 Heart of Kent Hospice Laptops to facilitate remote access for community nurse specialists £15,000 Harrogate District Hospice Care Improvements to day therapy unit

Barking and Dagenham Crossroads Refurbishment of premises to be used as a resource for disabled children £15,000 Mind in Camden IT equipment for a charity supporting people with mental health issues in North London £14,000 Springboard Project Installation of a lift at premises of a charity working with disabled children in Horsham, West Sussex £13,000 Ear Trust Construction of a new centre supporting the work of the Yorkshire cochlear implant service £12,500 Friends of Pedal Power Project Specialist vehicle to transport bikes to make cycling accessible to disabled people in Cardiff £11,000


35 other grants of £10,000 or less Total £1,081,900

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Visual Impairment Royal National College for the Blind The RNCB is a leading residential college which has provided specialist further education and training for blind or partially-sighted adults since 1872. The College, which has been based in Hereford since 1978, enables around 130 people with a visual impairment to progress on to university, employment or selfemployment, and provides the necessary living skills and tools to enable them to live independently. Those applying for a place at the College are invited for an extensive pre-entry assessment, the purpose of which is to ascertain their individual learning, vocational and mobility needs. These assessments are to be done at a stand-alone centre which, in addition to rooms for vision, hearing and learning difficulties assessments, has accommodation for applicants and their families.

Royal National College for the Blind New specialist assessment centre in Hereford to establish learning needs with a view to improving educational and employment opportunities for the visually-impaired £60,000 Sussex Lantern Construction of a day care and rehabilitation unit for a charity providing services for blind and visually-impaired people £50,000 Metropolitan Society for the Blind Grants for needy visually-impaired people £40,000 Calibre Audio Library Digitisation and upgrade of audio recording and editing equipment for a charity providing services to the visually-impaired across the UK £30,000 St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Grant for general funds


8 other grants of £10,000 or less

25 We awarded £60,000 towards specialist technology, equipment and furniture at the newly-completed Assessment Centre at a total cost of £3.4m. This is the latest grant made by the Clothworkers to the RNCB – our first grant was in 1881, and our support over the last 130 years exceeds £170,000. The Centre is part of a £21.5m development of the existing campus involving four building projects: a centre for sports and complementary therapy; a purpose-built and designed hall of residence; a centre for performing arts and media; and the specialist assessment centre. The new state-of-the-art facilities will ensure the continuation of the very best in teaching, training and leisure opportunities for people with sight loss and secondary disabilities. The new Centre will enable the College to expand its assessment provision with the potential capacity to undertake over 2,200 assessments every year, and provide 10,500 nights of accommodation.

St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital We have supported this charity for almost forty years through annual and capital grants. It is the main low-cost centre for expert eye care in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Palestinians suffer a very high rate of visual impairment, and eye disease is distressingly common in children. The hospital operates in very difficult conditions, providing care regardless of faith.

Total £216,310

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Elderly Burma Star Association


In 1942, the Japanese army invaded Burma, forcing British and Indian troops to retreat through difficult jungle terrain to the North East frontier of India. Several offensives were launched in 1943 by Chindit Special Forces columns into Burma, and attempts by the Japanese to invade India were repulsed by our soldiers. With the growing importance of the campaign in Asia, South East Asia Command was formed in August 1943 and later that year General ‘Bill’ Slim was appointed as Commander of the Fourteenth Army. In 1944, the Japanese launched an offensive resulting in the ferocious battles of Kohima and Imphal, at the end of which the defeated Japanese withdrew. At the beginning of 1945 the Fourteenth Army advanced deep into central Burma, retaking Mandalay and subsequently Rangoon. The Fourteenth Army, known as ‘The Forgotten Army’ because its operations in Burma were overlooked by the contemporary press, numbered over one million men under arms, the largest Commonwealth army ever assembled. The men and women

who served in His Majesty’s or Allied Forces or in the Nursing Services in the Burma Campaign received the Burma Star or the Pacific Star with ‘Burma’ clasp. General Slim subsequently became Field Marshal the Viscount Slim and was Master of The Clothworkers’ Company in 1961. The Burma Star Association was formed in 1951 as a comrades’ association and in 1961 it set up a charitable fund to relieve hardship among those who served in the Burma Campaign and their widows and dependants. The Charity is primarily involved in ben-

Viscount Slim

Leaflet dropped by the Japanese over Burma

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Burma Star … is one of a small number of charities which receives regular funding from the Foundation to allow us to help individuals in need.

grants and does not have the resources to attract and process applications from individuals, we use charities which have the infrastructure and, critically, the contacts to ensure that the funds reach worthy recipients in a timely fashion.


Burma Star Association, Epsom Branch

Friends of the Elderly

Brooklands Centre New day centre in Buckinghamshire £30,000

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evolent work, whilst maintaining comradeship amongst its members through a network of branches in the UK and overseas. Inevitably, veterans and their widows and widowers are increasing in age and frailty and, in the current economy, many are in financial need. The average age of the Association’s members is 87, and loneliness and vulnerability are common problems. The Association offers benevolence advice and assistance wherever needed, including on available Government benefits. It also makes grants to individuals to relieve need; in 2009, 334 grants were made to individuals totalling £170,000. These were used for a broad range of purposes, from help with nursing care and respite holidays, to stair lifts and other aids. The Foundation has supported Burma Star for fifteen years and it now receives an annual grant, currently £17,000, which is subject to review each year. The Association is one of a small number of charities which receives regular funding from the Foundation to allow us to help individuals in need. Since the Foundation may not be an obvious source of such

Age Concern Hull Waterproofing the floor of a hydrotherapy pool £28,000 Abbeyfield Bognor Regis Society New bathroom facilities at a residential care home £25,000 Friends of the Elderly Grants for needy elderly individuals


Age Concern Stafford and District Extension to building to enhance facilities £20,000 Burma Star Association Grants for needy elderly UK veterans and their dependants £17,000 Age Concern Hillingdon Refurbishment of centre in Middlesex


Age Concern Oadby and Wigston Kitchen refurbishment at a centre in Leicestershire


15 other grants of £10,000 or less Total £256,400

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Social Inclusion School Charity of William Pennoyer


This primary school, the longest-running free school in the UK up to its closure in 1988, was formed in 1674 by William Pennoyer. He was Master of The Clothworkers’ Company in 1657 and one of the first benefactors of Harvard University. Located in a small rural village in South Norfolk, Pulham St Mary, the buildings had been redundant since the school closed. The local community wished to convert them into a multi-use facility which would provide educational, social, recreational and business activities focused on the disadvantaged. The volunteer group was keen to sustain the village community, which was sorely lacking in facilities,

and reduce isolation, especially amongst the elderly. They launched a £1.5m project to achieve their objective and succeeded in attracting grants of £934,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £208,000 from the East of England Development Agency. These major grants, supplemented by bridge finance from the Architectural Heritage Fund, sale proceeds of the old village hall site and a number of grants from trusts and foundations, enabled them to embark on the project which is opening in late 2010. The buildings include a 15th century Guild Chapel, with Victorian extensions. The new facility will include meeting rooms, an IT suite, a dedicated children’s room, cafe and sensory garden. Our grant of £40,000 went towards the lift and disabled toilets. This is one of a number of village or community halls we supported in 2009. In assessing such applications, we take particular account of the demographics of the area (in terms of disadvantage and deprivation) and size of community it serves, in addition to the viability of the project, a credible fundraising strategy and ability of the sponsors to deliver.


The new building

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Manchester Settlement

The Roundhouse

Manchester Settlement was set up in 1895 by the University of Manchester to help disadvantaged, excluded and isolated people in the East Manchester area. It aims to provide educational opportunities and to reduce poverty by running a number of community projects including: educational and training activities for young people not in education, employment or training (NEET); supported housing for vulnerable young people; Easter and summer play schemes; a pensioners’ club; a DIY course for women; and a lunch club. It also works collaboratively with local schools to engage young people who struggle with full-time education by offering communication, conflict resolution and emotional literacy programmes. East Manchester is one of the most deprived parts of the UK, with high rates of unemployment and poverty, and with many young people not reaching their full potential in mainstream education. Crime and anti-social behaviour are also prevalent in the area. We awarded a grant of £50,000 to the charity towards the £2.2m construction costs of a new purpose-built centre, the Roundhouse. Since moving into the new premises in May 2009, hundreds of people

have benefitted from the range of services and activities on offer, with a number of other organisations and residents’ groups also holding meetings and events at the venue. Manchester Settlement occupies the ground and first floors of the new three-storey building, with partners Manchester College and Mossacre Housing occupying the second and part of the ground floors. The new facilities mean that, in addition to existing provision, Manchester Settlement can offer new community activities such as local and personal history classes, a British sign language class, healthy

Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation New accommodation units in West London for vulnerable ex-service personnel £50,000

Helsington and Brigsteer New Village Hall Project Construction of a new village hall in Kendal, Cumbria £38,000

Manchester Settlement Construction of new centre to provide training and other activities to improve employment opportunities for young people £50,000

Christ Church Higher Bebington Parochial Church Council New community centre in the Wirral

Basement Night Drop In Centre Refurbishment of a building for a charity providing services for deprived people in Liverpool £50,000 Solo Housing (East Anglia) Conversion of a house into a hostel for homeless men £40,000 School Charity of William Pennoyer Installing disabled toilets and lift at a new community hall in Norfolk £40,000 Parish of the Isle of Dogs Installing a lift at a new interfaith community facility in East London £40,000



Wellington Hill Residents Association Replacing part of a community centre building in Leeds £30,000 Olive Branch Trust Construction of a detoxification alcohol and drug addiction unit in Bradford, West Yorkshire £30,000 Crystal Palace Community Development Trust Refurbishment of premises for a charity providing welfare advice and support services to disadvantaged people in South London £30,000 P3 (Prison Partnership Projects) Sports equipment to provide activities for young people in the North West at risk of committing crime £25,000

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Manchester Settlement

living activities, as well as book exchange, chess and breakfast clubs. Staff and young people using the Roundhouse have commented that it is ‘fantastic’ to have such a modern, light and spacious building to work and play in. This is borne out by the fact that, in May 2010, the building won a prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects award. Young people on outward bound course

Llanelli Women’s Aid Improvements to premises for a charity supporting victims of domestic abuse in Wales £25,000 Freedom Social Projects Building works and equipment for a charity providing support services to deprived communities in North Devon £25,000 TaxAid UK Improvements to website for a charity providing tax advice to people on low incomes across the UK £20,000 Sheldon Road Methodist Church New community hall in an area of Wiltshire with no other community facilities £20,000 Occold Recreational and Amenities Council Completion of internal works to a village hall providing community activities in Suffolk £20,000 Leeway Women’s Aid Security equipment at a women’s refuge in Norwich £20,000 Highbury Vale Blackstock Trust Refurbishment of a sports hall for a charity providing a range of services and activities for disadvantaged young people in Islington £20,000 Fylde Coast Women’s Aid Equipment, furniture and other associated capital costs at a refuge for women and children in Blackpool £20,000

Betel of Britain Construction of storage building to allow more homeless and substance-dependent people to benefit from a workshop training facility in Birmingham £20,000 Aspire Foundation Vehicle and window-cleaning equipment for social enterprise venture providing employment opportunities for homeless people in Blackpool £18,000 St Michael’s Myland Parochial Church Council Renovation of, and improvements to, a community hall in Colchester, Essex £15,000 SOFA Project Van to distribute recycled furniture to disadvantaged people in Weston-super-Mare £15,000 Parochial Church Council for the Parish of Flamborough Repairs, upgrade and improvements to church building to be used as a community facility in Yorkshire £15,000 Keighley Furniture Project New windows at the premises of a charity providing recycled furniture to disadvantaged people in Lancashire £15,000 Action for Prisoners’ Families Post-production costs of a DVD of a play about women prisoners, and a resource pack to be used for professional training £12,000 41 other grants of £10,000 or less

Canolfan Cymdeithasol Ardal Nefyn New community centre in a rural part of Gwynedd, Wales £20,000

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Total £1,017,400


Mathematics Education Building on our long-standing support of the Royal Institution’s mathematics masterclasses, we have developed a broader interest in maths education over recent years, culminating in making it the focus of one of our three proactive grant programme areas. The objectives of the programme are to increase the number of pupils continuing to study maths post-16 and to improve the learning experience of maths students at secondary level. We seek to do this by supporting the development and delivery of enrichment and enhancement activity to encourage pupils to pursue their maths studies; helping to improve teachers’ ability to teach maths in an engaging and motivational way; and selectively supporting research into curriculum-related issues. A number of the grants we make cover more than one of these activities.


We are a major supporter of Maths Inspiration, a programme of half-day events delivered around the country to audiences of up to 300 16-year-old schoolchildren. Maths Inspiration continues to fill venues and receives very positive feedback from teachers and students. We have supported the venture since 2006 and our funding extends to 2012. We provided a £50,000 grant to the Royal Institution to establish a bursary programme for state schools with limited funds to be able to access enrichment and enhancement activities. During the 2009-2010 school year, grants were made to 63 schools.

The Royal Institution maths team

Masterclasses We continue to support the Royal Institution’s (RI) maths activities, through its masterclasses for primary and secondary school children. The series of classes are delivered on Saturdays around the country by volunteers, drawing on logistical support from the RI. After five years as the Clothworkers’ Fellow in Mathematics, Dr Vinay Kathotia left the RI to take up a position at the Nuffield Foundation earlier this year. During his tenure, the masterclass programmes have flourished and the momentum he established will be continued by his successor, Dr Diane Crann. Enrichment and enhancement One of the focuses of the programme has been to support activities which enthuse and motivate students beyond the curriculum.

Encouraging post-16 study The Further Maths Network (FMN) was a successful initiative funded by Government to increase the takeup of mathematics post-16 through tuition support in Further Mathematics and development of teachers’ skills in the subject. Despite its success, funding for the programme was cut significantly last year. Its successor programme, the Further Maths Support Programme (FMSP), is narrower in scope and run more centrally, with no budget for delivering enrichment activity locally, an important element in the original model. Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), who managed the FMN and are delivering the FMSP, have been given a grant of £52,000 by the Foundation to continue to mount enrichment

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STEM teachers’ summer school


events for Key Stage 4 pupils, aged 15-16, around England – 40 such events for 6,000 pupils are being delivered in 2010. This was the final year of our funding for the Exicoe bursary scheme to encourage students from disadvantaged backgrounds in Greater London to continue their maths studies beyond the age of sixteen. During the five years of our funding, over 450 young people have benefitted from extra support and tuition under the scheme. STEM In the last few years, Government education policy has looked to connect science, technology, engineering and mathematics under the ‘STEM’ umbrella. Since maths is fundamental to the other disciplines, this would seem to be a sensible approach and may be beneficial to mathematics as a subject in its own right. Although the new Government’s priorities may differ, it would seem unlikely that STEM will disappear and thus the desirable greater interaction between the subjects will continue. We supported the Millennium Mathematics Project (MMP) at Cambridge University in 2009 through a £78,000 grant to develop maths enrichment activities for primary school children through the popular NRICH website (which receives over 1.4m page views per month), together with workshops for teachers to help them use the materials to best effect. We have since agreed a grant of £204,000 to the MMP towards the stemNRICH website. This site was set up to help tackle the general skills gap in schoolchildren in the mathematical expertise required to succeed in science courses at A Level and at university. The site contains a wide range of maths problems, articles and guidance

designed to give students a better understanding of applied mathematics, improved problem-solving skills and greater confidence. The initial materials were targeted at post-16 students; our grant will allow the MMP to extend the site content to pupils at Key Stages 3 and 4, as well as developing a programme to support teachers in using the materials. The National STEM Centre is located on the campus of York University and, in addition to hosting an extensive resource of digitised maths materials, supports teachers in continuing professional development in conjunction with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics. We have agreed to make a £80,000 grant to fund a pilot programme to upskill teachers who are starting to teach A Level maths, but lack confidence and knowledge. Nuffield Foundation We have for a number of years maintained a dialogue with Nuffield given their expertise and interest in mathematics and curriculum development. In 2009, we agreed an informal partnership whereby we co-fund particular projects in maths which accord with both organisations’ objectives. As a result, we have funded three maths initiatives in conjunction with Nuffield. The Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) is undertaking research into the mathematical needs of young people once they have left school, whether entering employment, higher education or functioning in their daily lives. A report will be produced early in 2011 with a view to influencing policymakers in such areas as curriculum design and delivery. We are funding this research jointly with Nuffield. There is a growing need for teacher-led, school-based assessment of pupils’ attainment, particularly following the termination of SATs. Nuffield is updating a set of materials developed some years ago to help meet this need in mathematics, with the £68,000 cost being split between them and us. The resources being developed are designed to assist with

The objectives of the programme are to increase the number of pupils continuing to study maths post-16 and to improve the learning experience of maths students at secondary level.

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Big Bang Maths Challenge


teaching mathematical processes and help teachers with day-to-day assessment. The materials, called Applying Mathematical Processes, match the Key Stages 3 and 4 National Curriculum specifications for 11-16 year olds. Activities include mathematical investigations and practical problems. The resources will have been piloted in schools, and ready for publication on Nuffield’s website by autumn 2010. We also co-funded maths prizes at the British Science Association’s Big Bang Fair and in 2010 have agreed to provide £20,000 to support Nuffield’s bursary programme of maths summer school projects for sixth form students.

Numeracy In 2008 we provided a grant of £20,000 towards the costs of a research report into numeracy by New Philanthropy Capital. The key recommendation of the report was the creation of a new National Numeracy Trust, following the model of the National Literacy Trust. Such an organisation could lobby government, hold it to account, and take on the challenge of changing society’s attitude towards numbers. We are talking with other funders of the report to see how such a proposal might be taken forward.

University of Cambridge – NRICH Millennium Mathematics Project Development of KS1 and KS2 mathematics enrichment materials for pupils and teachers delivered via the NRICH website and face-to face school visits £78,000

Nuffield Foundation Production of tools to be used by maths teachers in assessing pupils’ understanding and progress in the classroom £34,300

Maths in Education and Industry Delivery of forty enrichment and enhancement events to up to 6,000 KS4 pupils in 2010 as part of the Further Mathematics Support Programme £52,000 Royal Institution of Great Britain Grants to state schools to allow them to access mathematics enrichment and enhancement opportunities £50,000 Exicoe Maths bursaries to sixth-form students from disadvantaged backgrounds in Greater London £50,000

Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education Research project to examine the mathematical needs of young people £24,500 New Philanthropy Capital Report on numeracy and on how charities and funders can help people to become more numerate £20,000 British Science Association Three mathematics prizes at the Big Bang Fair £4,250 Total £313,050

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Autism We are in the third year of our autism programme. We selected it because the incidence of those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is increasing, and it has not been a popular cause for which to raise funds. Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) The Centre was established in 2009 through a major donation of £700,000 from the Clothworkers (which unlocked £350,000 in HEFCE funding), together with grants from the Pears Foundation and Kirby Laing. Its mission is to improve the research evidence for effective interventions, education and outcomes for children and young people with autism. The Centre aims to produce research findings that will influence health and education policy and practice in the UK and internationally. Areas of research undertaken by CRAE in its first year include removal of barriers to learning for people with ASD and effective evaluation of autism education practice; the


Centre also seeks to promote the translation of research into practice. Having raised the funds necessary to staff the Centre, the team has been successful in attracting a number of research grants, including work on siblings of children with ASD and a major programme on the educational needs of young people with communication difficulties. In addition, the School of Psychology at Bangor University, on behalf of CRAE and TreeHouse, is undertaking research into the use of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) educational approaches, with a view to producing standardised test data. New Philanthropy Capital In 2007, NPC produced an influential report on autism, A Life Less Ordinary, which looked at the needs of those living with autism, its impact on them, their families and carers, at government and public attitudes to autism and the role of the voluntary sector. Its findings guided the shape of our grants programme. Since 2007, there have been a number of developments in the autism world, not least the Autism Act and National Audit Office report. Accordingly, we have agreed to fund an update from NPC on the autism landscape in 2010 through a grant of £35,000. The report, which will be widely disseminated, will be published in October this year.

Images courtesy of TreeHouse

Transition to adulthood Having committed over £1m of the allocated budget for the autism programme, the Trustees have agreed that the balance of the funds should be devoted to a major grant in the area of transition to adulthood. Transition can be extremely challenging, but for young people with autism who often struggle to cope with change, and who can find the experience

We continue to support capital projects for autism charities through our Main Grants Programme.

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traumatic, ensuring that they receive the right support is essential. Preparing young adults for lifelong inclusion in their communities, and maximising their independence, enjoyment and productivity requires a well-planned, seamless transition to new services which both suits them and which minimises disruption to their lives. The reports produced by the National Audit Office and All-Party Parliamentary Group on Autism, together with the Adult Autism Strategy, identify the scale of the problem and the key issues. However, the prospect of constraints on statutory funding for some years to come is likely to mean that young people with ASD and their parents and carers will continue to struggle to get the support they need. We are looking to award a grant of up to £200,000 to a suitable project in this area. We do not wish to be unduly prescriptive and are looking to fund a project which will be strategic and capable of having a broader impact. It might be in the areas of planning guidance, employment, further/high higher education or socialisation. We are prepared to consider innovative ideas and encourage collaborative projects and have sought proposals which will be reviewed by a committee later this year.

Main Grants Programme We continue to support capital projects for autism charities through our Main Grants Programme. In 2009, we made four grants totalling £58,000. To date in 2010, we have awarded £50,000 to Wargrave House for a residential teaching college for post-16 students with autism and are in discussions with several other charities on possible further grants.

Nottingham Regional Society for Adults and Children with Autism Refurbishment and equipping of Harpy Lodge, a school for autistic children £40,000

Quest School for Autistic Children Equipment for use on a life-skills course at a school in Kent £6,000

Autistic Society Greater Manchester Area Learning shed/workshop and associated costs £7,000

Bradford and District Autistic Support Group New carpets, flooring, central heating and furniture £5,000 Total £58,000

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The primary focus of the programme is increasing the influence of the sector and the development of skills.

Medieval shoe

Influencing policy In 2008, we co-funded a piece of research by Demos on the importance of conservation. One of the report’s conclusions was that the sector needs to convince Government of its value, particularly given the current financial climate. We subsequently agreed with the industry body, the Institute of Conservation (ICON), that we would fund the cost of a new chief executive to provide them with the resources necessary to lobby effectively on behalf of the sector. An initial appointment was not successful, but Alison Richmond, an experienced senior conservator and former trustee of ICON, is now in post. A priority for ICON is to develop a national education and skills strategy. The key aims of the strategy are to raise the public profile of heritage conservation and develop a coherent framework of education and training provision at all levels. This is designed to ensure the continued preservation and conservation of the UK’s cultural heritage and that the UK retains its leading position in professional conservation training.

Elizabeth Thompson, Clothworkers’ intern at Hampton Court Palace

Education and skills Our approach has three strands: providing internships in different disciplines for recently-qualified conservators; support for life-long learning to allow professionals to stay abreast of developments; and a fellowship programme designed to support an experienced conservator in their research and at the same time provide valuable experience for a more junior individual. Internships Internships are an important means for recentlyqualified conservators to acquire practical skills in the workplace, complementing the largely theoretical knowledge they will have learnt during their studies. The Heritage Lottery Fund has supported an internship programme in conservation through ICON for several years, and in 2009 announced a further round of funding for twenty additional placements. However, this programme can only satisfy part of the demand for such internships, particularly since the number available has reduced in recent years and funding has diminished. Accordingly, the Trustees have determined that a key element in our grants programme should be the

Cleaning a late-Roman bucket, one of a horde found down a well at Drapers’ Gardens in 2008

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Museum of London

This was the second year of our proactive programme in conservation. The Trustees have allocated £1.25m for distribution over a five-year period to projects involving the conservation of movable heritage.

Museum of London



provision of internships. In 2008, we agreed to support a five-year programme of internships in textile conservation through the Historic Royal Palaces at Hampton Court. We also established a co-funding partnership with City & Guilds to provide bursaries in stone and wood conservation for undergraduates at the City & Guilds of London Art School. In 2009, we agreed funding for two institutions in the City of London. The Museum of London has a sizeable conservation and collection care department with a long track record of effectively managing work placements and internships. Collection care plays a vital role in the preservation of historic collections, being a scientific process of physically safeguarding objects through close monitoring and control of storage and gallery environments. We are supporting a one-year internship in collection care at the Museum, with administration of the scheme being done by ICON. The Guildhall Art Gallery is a part of the Corporation of London and its permanent collection comprises 4,000 oil paintings, sculptures and works on paper, with a focus on London topographical subjects. The Gallery has a conservation section with specialists in painting and frames. The Foundation is funding two six-month internships at the Gallery, one in paintings and the other in frames. Both will be run under the ICON Skills in Practice scheme. More recently, we have agreed a one-year internship at the Victoria & Albert Museum in upholstery conservation, a specialist area with crossover into textiles and wood. The V&A’s extensive collection will be exhibited in the new Furniture Galleries which will open in 2012. The intern will work at the Museum for three years to attain a Level 4 NVQ, with our £25,000 funding covering the first year’s costs. We have also provided a grant of £30,000 to the Hamilton Kerr Institute, part of the University of Cambridge. The Institute offers opportunities for training and research in the conservation of paintings and has a well-established internship programme for which funding is always needed. Our grant will support interns over a two-year period.


Rica Jones, Tate Conservation Fellow It is important for the sector that appropriate training is provided at different levels in line with employers’ needs and individuals’ career aspirations. Apprenticeships provide a different entry point into the sector through a combination of practice in the workplace and off-the-job training. Construction Skills has introduced a pilot apprenticeship scheme to address skills shortages in specialist occupations within the built heritage sector. One such skill is stonemasonry, where we are providing funding of £13,000 for an apprentice to gain an NVQ Level 3 qualification. Continuing professional development In March 2009, we launched a programme to provide bursaries of up to £1,000 to individual conservators attending conferences and seminars. Given the specialist and international nature of the disciplines, these events are often held abroad. Pressures on employers’ training budgets and on the income of self-employed conservators mean that many professionals have difficulty in attending conferences which are important for them to stay abreast of developments. Our scheme will provide up to 50% of the cost of attendance. After a slow start, momentum has built in

Restoring a picture frame

Applying bole



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Tate Gallery Fellowship to enable a senior paintings conservator to research British paintings dating from 1530 to 1790. Their post will be covered by a junior conservator who will gain valuable training and experience £80,000

Museum of London One-year internship in collection care

The National Archives Exploration of options to improve accessibility of the Board of Trade Representations and Registers of Design volumes £49,600

Individual conservators Bursaries for continuing professional development £8,000


Guildhall Art Gallery Two six-month internships in painting and frame conservation £23,000

Total £186,100 2010 with over 50 bursaries totalling £20,000 awarded to date. These have been in a broad range of disciplines, from climate control and paper bleaching to wax objects and concrete. We have allocated £30,000 a year in support of the scheme and will continue to monitor take-up closely. Conservation fellowships In 2009, we awarded our first two-year fellowship in conservation to the Tate Gallery. This £80,000 grant is allowing a senior conservator, Rica Jones, to undertake research into painting techniques and materials used by British painters from the 16th to 18th centuries. During the twoyear period of her research, her day-to-day duties are being undertaken by a junior fellow, Sarah Maisey, who is gaining valuable experience of the workings and demands of a major museum. We advertised for a second fellowship in early 2010 and were disappointed with the level of response. As a result, we will be re-advertising in September to see if there is a demand. One of the applications received in 2009 was from The National Archives (TNA) and concerned the Board of Trade Representations and Registers of Design, a collection of over 10,000 volumes of designs submitted for patent protection over a 150 year period, and a collection of 18th century wool sample books and related documents. TNA is keen to explore the best way to make these large, fragile and largely undocumented volumes accessible to the public. Although the application was not successful under the Fellowship programme, the Trustees agreed a revised proposition and awarded a grant of £49,600 to allow the research to be done.

Equipment funding The Trustees are interested in considering proposals to fund specialist equipment for use in conservation departments of universities or major institutions. We have awarded a grant of £36,600 to the Courtauld Institute of Art to allow it to purchase a high specification microscope. This will enable the staff and postgraduate students in the conservation department to examine paintings noninvasively and record information digitally. Textiles A number of grants we have made in the textiles area (and covered elsewhere in this report) involve conservation. This is an important element in our textile strategy, but our proactive grants Sarah Maisey, programme is intended to Tate Junior support a broad range of Fellow conservation disciplines.

Other Medical Emergency Relief International Charitable Trust (MERLIN) Rapid response assistance in emergencies and crisis situations £40,000 REACH Volunteering Upgrading IT systems and website for a national charity providing specialist skills to voluntary organisations £30,000 Friends of St Olave’s Maintenance of the fabric of the church of St Olave, Hart Street, London EC3 £10,000

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Total 80,000

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