Support for 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 several 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. Grants are made on an annual basis and, whilst many donations are recurring, funds are distributed to a few new charities each year at the discretion of the Trustees. The Master, during his or her year in office, will traditionally nominate a charity to receive a donation. Grants are not usually made to individuals.
The Charitable Trust – Registered Charity number 1029153
The Charitable Trust provides recurring donations to:
The Lord Mayor’s Appeal
St Paul’s Cathedral Foundation
The Brunswick Youth Club Trust
The Church of St Margaret Lothbury
The Guildhall School of Music and Drama
The Clergy Support Trust (formerly Corporation of the Sons of the Clergy)
City of London School for Girls (Noreen Dickins prizes)
City of London School for Boys (Noreen Dickins prizes)
City of London Freemen’s School (Noreen Dickins prizes)
City of London Police Widows and Orphans Fund
St Paul’s Cathedral School (COLET)
St Paul’s Cathedral School (Martin Fund prizes)
Royal Engineers Cadets London area (prizes)
Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch (ABF The Soldiers’ Charity)
Guildhall Library and London Metropolitan Archive
London Air Ambulance
The Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund
Royal Engineers Cadets (Open Day Sponsorship)
The Craft Trust – Registered Charity number 1020017
The Craft Trust aims to further the Company’s interest in the three crafts of floor and wall tiling, roof tiling and slating, and bricklaying. The Trustees award grants on an annual basis, with some recurring annually while others receive a one-off donation.
The Craft Trust also combines four funds which provide prizes and awards for excellence in brickwork and tiling. These are the E and R Fuller Award for Bricklaying; the Mason-Elliott Award for Roof Slating and Tiling; the Montgomery Award for Wall and Floor Tiling and the Stokes Royal Engineers Awards. The Tylers and Bricklayers Craft Awards are held annually.
Furthermore, the Craft Trust supports The Triennial Awards. These are held every three years to award prizes 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 Tylers and Bricklayers’ Craft Trust
Recurring grants made on an annual basis were awarded by the trustees for the Livery year 2021-22:
Annual recurring grants:
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust (Jackfield Tile Museum)
The Prince’s Foundation (apprentice craft training towards Master Craftsman)
Weald and Downland Living Museum (conservation and repair of historical buildings)
Bursledon Brickworks Museum
Building Crafts College (Bricklaying)
The Trustees awarded one-off grants in 2021 – 2022 to:
World Skills UK
CRASH - The Construction Industry Charity
Rainy Day Trust
Build Up Foundation
The Springhead Trust
Triennial Awards – Archivist
Charity of the Year 2020-2021 The St Edmunds Society
As part of the 450th Anniversary of the Charter presented by Queen Elizabeth I, the Tylers and Bricklayers Company launched a Charity of the Year Appeal. Supported by donations from members of the Company, the Charitable Trust and the Craft Trust, a cheque for £3,500 was presented by the newly installed Master, Simon Martin to Lorraine Bliss MBE, Chief Executive Officer of the St Edmunds Society, at the Installation Luncheon on 30th September 2021.
The Christ’s Hospital Appeal 2021-2022
An appeal for Christ's Hospital School in 2007-2008 has allowed us to establish two Donation Governorships starting in 2009. Having successfully funded two Presentee pupils at the school, this year will see the launch of a major fundraising initiative by the Master, Simon Martin. With an Appeal Committee headed by Deputy Master, Lesley Day the target is to raise sufficient funds for a third pupil. More news on the appeal and its progress will follow.
Relief in Need Charity – Registered Charity number 24213
The smallest of the Charitable Trusts it was set up to support members of the Company and their families who may find themselves in difficult financial circumstances.
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.