The object of this charity is to make grants for the maintenance of a Sunday school for the poor children of the parish of Shorne.
The will creating the charity appoins the Vicar and Churchwardens as the trustees.
For information contact:
Three Elms, Woodlands Lane, Shorne, Gravesend, DA12 3HH
Registered chatity number307617
In 1816 the Revd Robert Gunsley Ayerst (the grand-son of the vicar in the time of Charles II) died, bequeathing to the parish a legacy of £1,000 for the establishment of a Sunday School in the church. The parish at once set about the foundation of a day school to “instruct the poor children, in the principles of the Church of England” using the income from the legacy to help pay the schoolmaster’s salary. With the development of education in the nineteenth century that school ceased to be a Sunday school and developed into what is now the Shorne Primary School. The income from the charity was then used for the parish church’s Sunday school.