The Hawkyard and Whitehead Educational Foundation
The Trust provides funding for children between the ages of 8 and 16 of families who are struggling financially. The children must either live in Saddleworth, or be educated at one of Saddleworth’s schools. The grants can be for sports equipment, musical instruments or tuition, or educational trips. Grants are considered twice a year by a board of 10 trustees, All grant applications are treated with complete confidence.
Ralph Hawkyard died aged 29, bequeathing £200 to be used for the setting up of a schoolhouse and employment of a schoolmaster, This resulted in the founding of Wharmton Grammar School in 1729 on what is now Streethouse Lane, Dobcross. Further sums of £20 and £110, to be used to provide free education for Saddleworth children were added to the bequest after the deaths of Ralph’s sister and half-brother. Another £500 was later added from the will of Dobcross villager, William Whitehead. The school itself was finally closed in 1883, and the Trust was then set up.
Further details from Alma McInnes, telephone no. 01457 876425, or in writing c/o the Civic Hall, Lee St, Uppermill, OL3 6AE