The Bridge Educational Trust

(Registered Charity No 1068720)

The Trust was set up in 1990 by the late Mrs Diana Bridge in memory of her husband John Edward Maurice Bridge, the last of the family which founded the Piddle Valley School in the middle of the 19th Century and which lived at that time at the Manor House in Piddletrenthide.

It is able to provide a limited number of single or recurrent grants each year for the education of students of any race colour or creed who were born or who have their main residence in the County of Dorset, priority being given to those who come from the parishes of the Piddle Valley

The Trust objectives are educational. Grants are given primarily to those wishing to study at a school, college, or other educational establishment. Normally applicants should be nearing the end of their school careers or have left school, though younger children with special educational needs may be considered.

At the Trustees' discretion, expeditions or travel groups for young people organised for scientific or cultural purposes may be eligible, provided they contain an educational element.

Priority is given to cases involving hardship or difficult family circumstances, and where without some assistance the desired education or course would not be possible. Special consideration is given to older people who may wish to start training for a particular career or other purpose after normal education has been interrupted.

All grants are dependent on the Trustees' assessment of need in relation to that of other applicants in the same year, in order to make the best use of the resources available.

Recent grants made by the Trust have included those to help university students with accommodation costs and equipment; to provide support for children with specific learning difficulties; and to provide training for adults hoping to change career.

Meetings of Trustees will now normally be held in January, May & September

Applications by post or email should be received not later than the 15th of the month before the meeting at which they are to be considered.

Those wishing to apply should obtain an application form by writing to The Administrator c/o Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide, DT2 7QL, or emailing

If you feel that you would like to discuss a possible application with one of the Trustees, please contact one of: Olivia Steven (348909), Hannah Murphy (348564), Richard Drewe (348253), Nick Harland (348272)

A full description of the Trust, its objectives and details for making an application are on its website :

Richard Drewe, Chairman / 01300 348253