TRUST: REG NO 311338
is a Charitable Trust registered with the
Charity Commission, the purpose of which is
to provide financial assistance for the advancement
of education, to schools and individuals in
the City of Ely.
Trust was founded from the estate of Mrs.
Catherine Needham who died in 1730, leaving
in her will the financial means to build
and maintain a School for Poor Boys in
the City of Ely. The school was duly built
on Back Hill and functioned as intended
by Mrs. Needham from then until the 1950s
when the school moved to Downham Road.
By then, the building had been acquired
by the Local Education Authority and,
in 1995, the Governors of Needhams
Foundation took the opportunity to re-purchase
the building and to have it extensively
restored and renovated. The building has
since been leased by the Governors to
the Kings School and renamed the
Catherine Needham Art Centre. To this
day it is a fine building standing near
the top of Back Hill (see pic left) with
an eye-catching plaque (see pic
below) on the facing wall, commemorating
the founder Mrs. Needham.
the passing of the Education Act of
1909, the Charity Commission approved
a change to the original purpose of
the Trust, which now provides direct
financial assistance to the schools
in the City of Ely and also to individuals
residing and/or educated in the City.
Needhams Foundation is managed
by Representative Governors appointed
by the Bishop of Ely, the Dean and Chapter
of Ely Cathedral, the Cambridgeshire
County Council and the City of Ely Council,
as well as Co-optative Governors.
Individuals wishing to apply for financial
assistance can download a printable
application form which explains the
eligibility and purpose for which financial
assistance may be granted. The form
can be printed out for completion and
mailing off-line by normal means.
Application Form In Word format file name:
form is to be returned to; Mrs. T. Coulson,
1 The Warren, Witchford, Ely, Cambs CB6 2HN
The details contained in this guide are believed
to be correct at the time of going to press.
However the accuracy of this information cannot