This article is intended to make the work of the charity more widely known in the community.

It is not to be construed either as binding upon the trust, the trustees or their successors, or as committing them to approving any particular application for grant aid.

Asking for help is not a weakness – quite the opposite - so if you think that a little financial assistance could make it easier for you or your dependants to deal with a difficult situation the Montgomery Charity Fund could help.

The Charity was originally established and funded by a bequest of The Rev. George Augustus Montgomery, Rector of Bishopstone from 1821 to 1842 for the distribution of fuel to poor parishioners.

He also built the village school, which is now a private house.

With the passage of time, the method of relief has changed. Our current authorised purposes allow us to make grants to persons who are resident in the Parish of Bishopstone. We are required to satisfy ourselves that the persons we assist are in hardship, need or distress. There is no restriction as to age of an applicant. We are willing to consider an application on behalf of a child or family or pensioner suffering particular hardship. A referral may be made to the trust by a statutory or non-statutory agency or from anyone who knows of a case of hardship, need, or distress affecting a resident of Bishopstone. It is perfectly in order for any resident to apply in his/her own behalf. All applicants can be assured that their cases will be dealt with swiftly, sympathetically and in confidence.

We are greatly blessed in Bishopstone in having a local Charity of this kind, which is able to offer real and worthwhile assistance when hardship strikes any resident of any age.

At the end of 2019 the Charity’s funds were transferred to the account of Bishopstone with Stratford Tony PCC (Parochial Church Council) and held as a restricted fund to be administered by the Vicar and Churchwardens.

The funds will continue to be allocated according to the Charity’s conditions and recommendations and agreement would be sought from the Incumbent, the 2 Church Wardens and the Charity's previous trustees. As at May 2021 these are:Revd Canon Jenny Taylor; Mrs Kate Pendlenton and Mr Robert Pendlenton.

For further details or assistance please contact the Reverend Jenny Taylor on 01722 503081 .