Two good local causes have benefited from donations from a charity whose roots date back to the 16th century.
The Court Leet is a Chatteris charity that raises money from the income from the land it rents, then uses the money for general benefit and the betterment of the town.
Generations of people from Chatteris have been involved in the charity and a look at its minutes will reveal many surnames still present in the town today.
Leet is a Danish word and Court Leets was mentioned in the Doomsday Book and consisted of 24 jurors, one for each acre of land.
However there would be one notable fact is you look back at the past records of the charity and that is the lack of names of women as they were not allowed to be directors of the charity charity before the 1980s and now the charity has its first female president Hayley Sizer, who was elected earlier this year.
And on Tuesday (29), Hayley and the other trustees gathered outside the Salvation Army stronghold in East Park Street, to hand over £2,000 each to two local groups.
The first went to the Salvation Army for its new minibus, which will be used to transport the elderly and vulnerable and the other went to the Chatteris Christmas Lights Committee for this year’s annual display.
Hayley said: “It’s an honor to be the first female chair of the charity. We have a long history of helping good local causes around the city, but organizations and groups may not know not that we have money to give.
“So we would love to hear from any group or organization that benefits Chatteris so that we can help them as well.”