Each winter the trustees make a benefit available to the older widows in the parish
from the St Thomas' Day Charity, so called because benefactions are made about 21st
December, the date on which St Thomas used to be celebrated, just in time to help
with the Christmas expenses or heating cost.
If you are a widow over 60 years of age and have lived in the parish of Deeping St.
James for at least the last three years you are entitled to a grant from the St Thomas'
Forms are available from the Post Office or the Priory Church from November, as well
as the Institute office and other sources around the parish, or the form can be
downloaded and printed off (right click on download button above and select “save
as”), then please fill in and return to the Institute in person or by post.
Grants are issued at the Institute on or near 21st December each year.
If you prefer to receive the original benefaction of a loaf of bread and a bucket
of coal please let the Trustees know in plenty of time so they can make arrangements.