The Hallifax Trust
The Hallifax School Endowment Trust is a registered
charity founded in 1863.
During the first half of the 19th Century the Hallifax family
came to live at Chadacre.
Wealthy bankers from London, evidence of their generosity to Shimpling
can be seen around the village including the former village school.
It dates from 1841 and was built or owned by Thomas Hallifax.
Many people have happy memories of the school but sadly it closed
in 1989 and the trustees sold the school and the schoolhouse and
invested the proceeds.
There were no Hallifax male heirs and Chadacre passed into the Weller
Poley family from Boxted Hall via the marriage of Diana Hallifax.
Although the Hallifax name disappeared over 100 years ago the
local community continue to benefit from the kindness and foresight of
this family. The Hallifax
Trust provides grants, which are not means tested and depend upon the
annual income generated from investments.
Awards are prioritised in accordance with the Trust Deed as
The primary school serving the Parish of Shimpling,
currently Lawshall, for special benefits of any kind not normally
provided by the local education authority.
The Trust makes an annual contribution towards music tuition at Lawshall
School and a few years ago contributed towards the addition of an
Grants for people under the age of 25 who either attended
primary school serving the Parish of Shimpling or whose parents live in
The Trust continues to be an important source of extra funding for
youngsters living in Shimpling. Every year 15 -20 youngsters are awarded
grants to help towards the cost of going to college or university.
Applications are considered at the beginning of the academic year.
Application forms are available from the administrator,
firstname.lastname@example.org and must be returned by 30th
General benefit of the residents of Shimpling - if there
are funds in any year not required for the above, it may be used for
community events and projects.
In recent years the Trust has contributed towards the Village Hall
refurbishment, repairs to the bridge into the churchyard and village
The Trustees meet twice a year in March and October and report annually
at the Village Meeting in May.
The annual accounts are audited and the Charity Commission
regulates the Trust.
Legacies and donations – If you are interested in making a donation or
legacy with direct benefit to local children and the community please
get in touch with the secretary.
Contacts: Claire Wilson, Administrator 01284 830574
Jenny Pine, Treasurer 01284 827073
Registered Charity No 310396