The work we do

The Norwich Freemen’s charity is called The Norwich Freemen’s Charity (formally known as The Norwich Town Close Estate Charity)

It has two functions….
Financial support for freemen, their children, and widows.
Means-tested grants are given to freemen of Norwich, their children or widows to help with relief when in need, educational costs, and pensions.

Supporting local charitable bodies
The Trust makes a substantial number of grants to local charitable bodies with an educational purpose within a 20-mile radius of Norwich Guildhall.

East Anglian Brass Band

The freemen’s charity provided funding to by tickets for young brass musicians from Norwich to hear the Grimethorpe Colliery Band perform – helping to inspire a new generation of talent.

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Cinema City, Norwich

Match-funding for building and restoration work

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Dragon Hall, Norwich

Freemen grant helped save Dragon Hall, survey the site and help find a permanent role for the Grade 1 listed building in Norwich’s cultural life. It is now a writers’ centre.

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Theatre Royal, Norwich

The freemen’s charity helped fund Stage Two, Norwich Theatre Royal’s new training and education centre.

The four-storey building, complete with an  auditorium and performance space, will help the theatre work with even more young people.

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Old Catton Football Club

Funding towards waterproof and training clothes, coaching qualifications and mid0week training on a 3G pitch.

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Norfolk Windmills Trust

Improved access and heritage to Stracey Arms Mill

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Norwich Eagle Canoe Club

Installation of steel-frame building for changing rooms and kit storage.

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