The Charity uses funds raised from the property it manages and investments to provide grants to local organisations that are based in or serve the residents of Barby and Onley. As well as benefiting the Parish the Charity has to protect the assets for future generations.
Barby Townlands and Educational Charity was created when a number of smaller local charities were amalgamated. The charity can trace its roots back to the 19th Century, but some of the covenants go back further.
The charity's assets are spread throughout the village. The Play Area, the Tennis Court, and the Sports Field are leased to the Parish Council.
The Allotments are managed by a trustee, currently Sally Robbins and the Millennium Orchard and Petanque Pit are managed by the Charity.
The Charity also holds investments in the Charities Investment Fund, a unit trust. The charity takes a very responsible position in relation to the maintenance of the assets and money is spent annually to ensure that what we pass on is in the best condition we can manage.
The farm land beyond the sports field going down Longdown Lane is leased to a local farmer and Barby Garage, opposite the Arnold Arms, is leased to the proprietor of the garage business. Both the farm land and the garage are managed through our land agent.
During 2015 the charity installed 2 war memorial commemorative seats in Rectory Lane to remember the sacrifices that many made in the two World Wars.
In 2018 the children of Barby Primary School and the children in Vulaines sur Seine, Barby's twin village have received bilingual reading books presented by Barby Twinning Association
with help from a grant from Barby Townlands and Educational Charity it is hoped that links between the young people in the two schools will get stronger this year.
Improving access to Camp’s Copse
In spring 2021 the Townlands Trust has undertaken a number of improvements to the section of the footpath that runs from near the top of Longdown Lane (just past the cricket ground), through the pasture field, then Camp’s Copse and the newly planted area. The path then goes on towards Braunston but not on land owned by the Trust.
Three new metal kissing gates have been fitted, and three of the old stiles rebuilt to lower them and make them more accessible. Where the entries included plank bridges, sleepers have been replaced where needed and handrails fitted.
We are extremely grateful to our team of volunteers, Bob Wilson, Howard Smith, Steve Hamp and Wayne Foster, who have carried out the project for us. They have worked really hard and done a great job, particularly when the ground was very soggy back in March.
So please do have a walk down and enjoy the woods.
The trustees meet three or four times per year. Minutes of the Trustee meetings can be viewed below.
You can apply for a grant by downloading a grant application form below.
Richard Camp was elected as Chair in January 2018 with Graham Sloper as the Vice Chair and Mrs Cat Sabine took over as Treasurer and Secretary of the Charity. Their contact details are shown below. The other trustees are Carol Hamp, Jo Martin, Derek Middleton, Catherine Lomax, Sally Robins and Rob Wilson.
Mr Richard Camp Tel: 01788 891184
Mr Graham Sloper Tel:01788 899167
Secretary & Treasurer
Jo Martin Tel: 01788 890849
The charity prides itself on giving something to everyone who applies for a grant, the figure usually varies between 50-100%. Full details of applying for a grant can be found below which includes an application form. This is available in either pdf format (Grant Application Form pdf) or word format (Grant Application Form word). If you require any further information please get in touch with any of the trustees.
In 2018 we have started a Young Person’s Grant for all children aged between 16 and 19 living in Barby and Onley. The grant is for £100 per person and you need to write a letter to the trustees explaining how you would spend the money. Email email@example.com or post it to 11 Castle Mound, Barby.