The Charitable Trust was set up in 1968 by a deed which is widely drawn. Within the City of London it contributes to the Lord Mayor’s Charity, makes donations to City related schools and organisations and nationally to appropriate bodies that care and foster many of Britain’s most historic stone buildings.
Its educational strategy is to widen the horizons of young pre school leavers by encouraging them to take an interest in stone, stone carving and our historic stone buildings heritage perhaps leading them to consider a skills related career. The aim is also to involve members of the Company and in particular its Freemen in the organisation of Stone Taster Days for schoolchildren of varying ages. Some of these are held at the workshops of the members and comprise a half day of talks, demonstrations and a ‘have a go’ session at the end. Some of the Company’s former sponsored apprentices at cathedrals are assisting with similar sessions at their cathedrals.
Stone demonstration days at The Ironbridge and Weald & Downland Museums are supported and in 2013 the Charitable Trust is supporting the European Stone Festival at Lincoln Cathedral at which stonemasons from across Europe will be competing in competition as well as demonstrating their craft skills. A ’Have a Go Area’ for young people and children is also expected to be a major draw.
The Trustees have provided seed corn finance for the proposed Mass Extinction Monitoring Observatory (MEMO) – a charity of international significance and with stone craft at its heart . MEMO, whose Royal Patron is HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, has secured planning consent and a site in a disused quarry on the Isle of Portland where it is proposed to build a continuous spiral stone monument lined with carved images of the 850 species that have become extinct since the Dodo in the 17th century