(Lesley Birley Brooks Trust Fund)
Did you know that there is a Trust fund in Thornton-in-Craven which provides benefits in the form of grants and aid to groups within the village.
In 1944 Mrs Blanche Ann Brooks of Thornton-in-Craven gave the sum of £1000 in Defence Bonds to the village of Thornton-of-Craven 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 the purposes to which the accrued dividends could be used. Proceeds could only be contributed to:
- Religious instruction
- Evening or other classes or lectures of an educational character, but this would exclude lectures of a political nature.
- Physical instruction
- Repair 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 Thornton-in-Craven 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
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