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The Old Spot Trust

Gloucestershire’s charity piggybank, The Old Spot Trust is holding a medieval banquet to raise money for good causes in the county. Laura Edwards finds out about what promises to be a ‘ye night of fine entertainment.’ crack

The Old Spot Trust is an organisation I became aware of whilst working on a project around six months ago and I have been amazed by their fundraising efforts ever since. This fantastic Trust may be lesser known than others in the area but it certainly delivers big cheques to those who need them.

At their annual grant-giving ceremony in July, The Old Spot Trust handed out just under £9,000 to charities, community groups and non-profit organisations throughout Gloucestershire. Among those receiving grants were Acorns Children’s Hospice, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, the Friends of Kimbrose Lunch Club and Cinderford Hard of Hearing Club.

With the piggybank empty again, Trustees are busy planning events to fill it back up. The first of these is a medieval banquet to be held at Over Farm, near Gloucester on Saturday 17th September. There will be Jesters, music from BubonicWind and fine food for those prepared to don their medieval togs.

The Old Spot Trust was set up in 2007 with the aim of helping to make Gloucestershire an even better place to live, work and enjoy.

“Our aim is to raise money to help Gloucestershire and we do this by holding events throughout the year,” said Trustee Rob Keene. “It’s the first time we have organised aMedieval Banquet for The Trust and it looks set to be a cracking night. People can come along and have great fun while knowing that they are helping local good causes.”

The Trust’s five Trustees run businesses in the county – Rob Ayland runs CompletelyMotoring at Staverton, Rob & Sue Keene run Over FarmMarket near Gloucester and Hilary Allison & Caroline Rawlinson run Tewkesbury-based PR consultancy Vivid. They admirably run the Trust on a voluntary basis so that the maximum amount of money raised can go directly to successful applicants.

Tickets for the Banquet cost £35.00 each and are available from Over Farm, near Gloucester on 01452 414975 or via the Trust’s website at:

www.oldspottrust.co.uk