The late John Jordan of Milton Regis left in his will a substantial sum for the benefit of the people of Milton Regis, to be administered by the Sittingbourne Society. This onerous task has taken about 8 years, and in this time the society has given out 57 grants averaging £5,000 to a number of organisations in the area.
The organisations benefitting have been Schools, Bowling Clubs, Milton Country Park, children at the homeless hostel, the war memorial, the church and many more. The total disbursed has been £270,156 and finally, in 2015 the last two grants have been made equally to the two schools.
Mr Pearn, Headteacher at Milton Court Primary Academy told us
“Milton Court Primary Academy are very grateful to the Sittingbourne Society for this generous donation to our school. The money has been split between two projects with £1200 being used for updating the class and school library with new and engaging reading books and materials.”
“The other £700 is being used to purchase additional playtime equipment with a particular focus on outside maths based games and materials to push maths learning through play. Both projects will make a significant improvement to the children’s engagement in these two key areas.”
Tony Hadfield, Deputy Headteacher Regis Manor Primary School explained
“Our playground markings are in desperate need of new life so we are purchasing a line marking machine (and paint) for us to bring a sparkle back to the area for the children at play and lunch. It was and is a very generous bequest to us and I know that it will brighten up the playground for the children’s enjoyment.”
Sittingbourne Society committee member, Richard Calvert said
“The people of Milton Regis can thank John Jordan for his generosity, which has touched the lives of hundreds of people. We can, I think, feel that his trust in the society has been justified in the way that his bequest has been handled by the society in a fair and open way.”
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