This Charity has been in existence since February 1976, when the charity known as ‘The Charlton Kings Educational Charity’ and the charity known as ‘The Higgs Educational Foundation’ were combined. Charles Cooke Higgs was a nineteenth century local landowner who founded educational charities. Samuel Cooper bought lands in 1696 to benefit the local poor.
Its purpose is to support the education of youngsters, beneficiaries, which means ”persons of either sex born or resident in the beneficial area who have not attained the age of 25 years and who are in need of financial assistance.” The beneficial area “means the Parish of Charlton Kings, in the County of Gloucestershire.” If there is a concern whether an applicant qualifies by residency a phone call to the Clerk will determine this.
The Trustees welcome applications from all youngsters in need of support for activities, courses and equipment which will further their educational development.
There are nine trustees who serve terms of five years and who are supported by a clerk whose role is to collate all applications and present them to the Trustees at four meetings per year.