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The Great Stone Bridge Trust
The upper walkThe Great Stone Bridge Trust was created, possibly as early as 1511, to care for the stone bridge which crossed the River Eden. Legend has it that it was in response to complaints made by two ladies of the Parish who found it inconvenient to use the stepping stones previously provided. The trust was endowed with money and properties adjacent to the bridge to produce income for this purpose. It had to reserve funds for the repair and maintenance of the bridge but was empowered to provide charitable assistance to the residents of the town including educational grants to the schools.
In 1969, by which time the bridge was fully maintained by Kent County Council as the public highway, a Charity Commission Scheme was issued to enable the Trustees to use their income entirely for the charitable benefit of the inhabitants of the Parish of Edenbridge, thus relieving the Trustees of any residual responsibility for the upkeep of the bridge. Later a further scheme allowed the Trustees to make educational grants to individuals as well as to educational establishments.
The Trustees are a group of eleven local people of whom two are nominated by the Town Council. Their disposable income is in the region of £60,000 per annum and each year almost 50 local organisations, societies, clubs, schools and students receive annual grants. The Trust also from time to time funds larger projects which benefit the whole community. Anyone wishing to find out about grants should contact the Clerk to the Trustees, Mr Michael Ross of Little Coombe, Coombe Hill Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 4LY .
Tel: 01342 - 321753 : Email mross_GSB@yahoo.com
 
 
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