Back in 1653 William Elmer, a resident of this area died, and by his will he founded a Charity for 'Educational Purposes' in favour of the Ancient Parishes of Beachampton, Maids Moreton, Whaddon, Calverton and Nash.
This Charity still exists today with the original fund worth in the order of £25,000. After the proper costs and expenses of running the Charity, the income from the investment (the investment itself cannot be touched), is used to promote the education of those between 18 and 25 years. The fund provides financial assistance for clothing, tools, instruments or books to assist such persons to pursue their education (including music and other arts), to undertake travel in furtherance thereof, or to prepare for or enter a profession, trade, occupation or service on leaving school, university or other educational establishment.
The grants, if applicable, agreed and awarded, are not huge, and depend on the amount of investment 'interest' earned and the number of eligible persons applying, but can range from £25 - £100. Recent recipients have used such sums towards books and stationary (but not any actual educational fees)
For further information and an application form, please contact either of the two Whaddon trustees, Cllr Derek White or Cllr Graham Stewart.