Support of charitable causes is one of the four core values which underpin the role of the Tylers and Bricklayers Company. The Company's Charitable Trusts enable gifts to be made to a number of causes with the emphasis on those with connections to the City of London, activities involving young people, the crafts of tiling and bricklaying and our associated Regiment, the Corps of Royal Engineers. Each year the Trustees (who administer the Trust Funds on behalf of the Company) make a visit, accompanied by the Master, to one of the charities supported by the Company.
The Craft Trust combines four funds which provide yearly prizes and awards for excellence in brickwork and tiling. The Craft Trust also makes an annual donation to the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust to support the Jackfield Tile Museum.
The Craft Trust supports the Triennial Award held every three years for excellence in tiling and bricklaying craftsmanship executed on new or existing buildings within the M25 and carried out within the preceding three years. The award is given to the Building Owner, the Architect and the senior trade craftsman.
The Charitable Trust provides recurring donations to:
The Brunswick Club for Young People
Sons & Friends of the Clergy
Metropolitan & City Police Orphans Fund
The Lord Mayor's Appeal
City of London Endowment Trust for St Paul's Cathedral
St Margaret, Lothbury
The Guildhall School of Music and Drama
St Paul's Cathedral School
Prizes are also given to St Paul's Cathedral School through the Martin Fund.
An appeal for Christ's Hospital School in 2007-2008 has allowed us to establish two Donation Governorships starting in 2009.
Grants are made on an annual basis and whilst most donations are recurring, as listed above, a small balance is distributed to a few new charities each year at the discretion of the Trustees. Grants are not usually made to individuals.
In addition to the above there is a small Relief in Need fund which is able to offer financial help to the elderly and needy of the Livery or their close family.
As part of the 450th Anniversary of the Charter presented by Queen Elizabeth I the Tylers and Bricklayers Company have launched a Charity of the Year, which, it is hoped, will raise a substantial sum for the charity involved.
If you wish to make a donation to any of the Company's Charitable Trusts, please contact the Honorary Secretary to the Tylers and Bricklayers Charitable Trusts, who can supply you with details.