The Lesley Birley Brooks Trust Fund

Did you know that there is a Trust fund which provides benefits in the form of grants and aid to groups within the village?

Contact villagehall@thorntonincraven.co.uk

In 1944 Mrs Blanche Ann Brooks of Thornton-in-Craven gave the sum of £1000 in Defence Bonds to the village of Thornton-in-Craven, Charity number: 529483, upon trust that the dividends from this be used to benefit the people of Thornton-in-Craven. Mrs Brooks set up this Trust in memory of her daughter, Lesley Birley Brooks, who was killed in a cycling accident.

Mrs Brooks was quite prescriptive about who could benefit from the Trust and specified the following:

  • Education in religious knowledge
  • Evening or other classes or lectures of an educational character, but this would exclude lectures of a political nature
  • Physical instruction
  • Maintenance and improvement of the Village Hall

Over the years many groups within the village have benefited from donations. This Trust fund has also provided repairs and improvements to heating and lighting and interior decoration of the village hall.

If you wish to know more about the Trust, the Hon Secretary can be contacted on 01282 841569.

The inscription on a grave in St Mary’s Church Yard tells a rather sad story:

LESLIE WALTER BROOKS

Leiut 4th West Yorkshire Reg’t of Finstall Park, Bromsgrove

Killed in the Battle of Loos, September 25th 1915, aged 23 years

Also

BLANCHE ANN BROOKS

His loving and faithful wife

Born October 16th 1889

Died June 19th 1979

LESLEY BIRLEY BROOKS

Daughter and the only child of the above;

Born at Thornton January 1st 1916

Died March 24th 1943