In 1906 five endowments for the relief of the poor were amalgamated into The United Charities administered by the Vicar of Milford together with five trustees elected by Milford Parish Council.
Excluded from this action was the Bell Plot Charity, the most ancient and whose exact origin is unknown, where the rents from a single field in Lymore provided new bell ropes for the Church as required.
The five united endowments are The Kitch Charity resulting from William Kitch’s Will of 1641 and consisting of rents from land; The Penny Charity created by Thomas Penny’s Will of 1690 also consisting of rents from land; The Braxton Charity resulting from George Braxton’s Will of 1845 and supported by investment income; The Pryce Charity from Charles Pryce’s Will of 1848 also supported by investment income; and The Kennard Charity from Henry Kennard’s Will of 1868 providing investment income.
Today, Milford United Charities continues to provide support in the community through one-time grants to financially poor residents of Milford-on-Sea who are not supported by public funds. Grants are usually towards training and equipment.
Dr. V. D. Harris “The Endowed Charities of the Parish of Milford, Hampshire” MOSHRS Occasional Magazine Vol.1 No.3 (August 1910) pp.11-28
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