In these difficult times we are mindful that some people and families in Middle Rasen may be going through a challenging period, perhaps because of redundancy or a struggling business venture. It is therefore timely to remind readers of The John Wilkinson Trust and the Middle Rasen Community Fund, two local charities which exist to support Middle Rasen individuals and organisations.
Apart from supporting local groups, such as the primary school and pre-schools, the Horticultural Society, Outdoor Bowls club, Luncheon Club and the Braemar Club, we also confidentially support local people who are in need, not of a hand-out but a hand-up. Several individuals and families have already been supported and nobody should be embarrassed to request support. You do usually need to be in receipt of certain forms of benefit to be eligible and I'd like to emphasise that everything is dealt with in strict confidence.
The charity trustees Pete Dawson (Chair), Gary Fenwick, June Fritzsche, John Padley, Dave Pattison and Carole Sellars (clerk) can all be contacted personally with a query or request, although if you have no preference then Carole, as the clerk, would be the best contact. Carole can be contacted at Smiths Top, Mill Lane, Middle Rasen, LN8 3LE or email email@example.com
History of this Charity
In his Will dated 13 th February 1720 John Wilkinson stated that the interest from one hundred pounds and the remainder of his personal estate shall “cause to be taught with reading and writing sixteen poor children” eight to be chosen out of the parish of Rasen Drax and eight out of the parish of Rasen Tupholme.
John Wilkinson owned property in the parish of Middle Rasen, including the ground where the Village Hall playing field is now. Wilkinson Drive being named after him. He also had property in the Bail in Lincoln.
The Middle Rasen Village Hall ~ Charity
Since 1720 the John Wilkinson's Charity has made a contribution to the education of children in Middle Rasen. ~ Middle Rasen Primary School recently held a Book Day to promote their new reading scheme. The children & staff all dressed up as their favourite book character, with the winner from each age group winning a £5 book voucher.
See £1095 being presented in 2006 at the closing assembly
Pictured here are Peter Dawson ( charity chairman) Carole Sellars ( trustee ) & Melonie Brunton (headmistress) with , of course, the prize winning children.
A John Wilkinson Memorial Cup which was presented by the trustees after a long standing chairman retired.
Financial support from two local charities
Below can be found the support given to local groups / people in the Parish of Middle Rasen in the year 2006 - 7
John Wilkinson Charity - Charity no. 527746
Organisation Financial Support given
Middle Rasen Pre - School £1,058.43
Middle Rasen Primary School £1,232.31
Middle Rasen Poor Lands & Poor Meadows Charity
Charity No. 216242
Organisation Financial Support given
Middle Rasen Pre - School £783.28
Middle Rasen Primary School £415.00 (trip to Caythorpe)
Braemar Close residents £142.35 (Christmas party)
2nd Middle Rasen Brownies £300.00
Middle Rasen Methodist Church £1,000.00 (Disabled Access)
Middle Rasen Village Hall £3,075.00 (Car Park extension)
If you are aware of an individual (perhaps yourself) or organisation genuinely needing financial help, then please contact either Carole Sellars or Pete Dawson for more details.
JOHN WILKINSON CHARITY
CHARITY NO. 527746
The aim of this charity is to allow children to get
the most from the education available in the village
& enjoy the things in life that are normally
taken for granted by other families.
This charity helps families or individuals
who are in receipt of
benefit or family tax credit,
whose children live in Middle Rasen parish,
or attend Middle Rasen Pre-School,
or Middle Rasen Primary School.
If you or any family you know might be in need of some help
Please contact in confidence:-
The supervisor, Middle Rasen Pre-school
The Head, Middle Rasen Primary School
The Clerk, Smiths Top, Mill Lane,
Middle Rasen. LN8 3LE