The Fellowship Fund was started by a number of old girls of the school in 1907 and since that time has been used to help pupils to continue their education by giving financial support.
Its founders envisaged the Fellowship Fund as a link between past and present; offering those of the past an opportunity to show their appreciation of the School in a practical way. It was considered an expression of love, loyalty and grateful memory of all the school meant in their lives.
As we entered the new millennium it was felt that the origiinal aims of the Fellowship Fund should be broadened, the constitution was updated and in 2002 the Fellowship Fund became a Registered Charity. (Reg'd charity No 1094423)The new objects of the Fellowship Fund are - "to advance the education of present and past pupils of Bedford High School.'' This means that the Fund can be used for educational purposes in the broadest sense.
The work of the Fund is dependent upon financial support from Guild members and donations are always welcome. Times are such that returns from investments have been relatively low over the past few years and members are urged to consider supporting this very worthwhile charity. The Treasurer (address below) would be happy to discuss this with members and can also supply Gift Aid information and forms.
As the fund is not guaranteed a consistently high income it cannot, nowadays, realistically support ongoing fees. However the Trustees are able to make awards to help with GAP year courses, elective studies, vocational and extra curricular projects/courses and are happy to consider applications for amounts normally up to a maximum of £500.
The Charity is administered by five Trustees who meet three times each year, approximately six weeks before the beginning of each term, to consider applications and present girls and old girls are invited to apply for financial help with projects/courses of an educational nature.
Applications should contain a brief description of the project/course for which funding is applied together with supporting letters/literature giving full details. The Trustees will require to know the dates and duration of the project/course and the TOTAL cost. Details of other funding obtained or applied for are also required.
Applications giving the above information, name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and school dates, can be made to -
BHS Guild Fellowship Fund
122 Goldington Road
Bedford MK40 3DY