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The Richard Jones Foundation

The Richard Jones Foundation

In his will dated 17th August 1688, Richard Jones left three hundred pounds in trust for his executors to establish, within five years of his death, “…such perpetual charitable uses as they ...should judge fit and convenient…”

For over 300 years, the Richard Jones Foundation has provided educational help to the young people of Royal Wootton Bassett.

For a time the Richard Jones Foundation helped apprentices to buy tools. These days, we award grants to students between the ages of 7 to 25 years, who need help to buy equipment, instruments, books or to fund educational trips. Potential recipients must reside within the parish boundary of Royal Wootton Bassett but to this day the Trust has continued to support the young people of this community.

Practically nothing is known of Richard Jones, but we would like to believe that he would be astonished, and delighted, that his original wishes are still being executed.

News from The Foundation

Putting the Local Youth First

The Richard Jones Foundation Trustees would like to place on record our
thanks for the generosity of those who have contributed to our funds by
means of:

  • High Street collection boxes,
  • direct private donations,
  • grants received from outside organisations e.g. St. Bartholomews and All Saints Church, Masonic Lodges, and
  • sums bequeathed in memory of loved ones.

Each year the Foundation sponsors an 'Endeavour ' prize to a sixth form student at The Royal Wootton Bassett Academy.

This year the prize was awarded to Oliver Poulter and was presented to him at the Academy Speech Night in December by Steve Bucknell, the Foundation Chairman.