Celebrating 300th anniversary of the James Marshall Foundation

Concert of words and music by young people from Harpenden and Wheathampstead schools

Cllr Lisa Scriven, Harpenden Town Mayor, beside James Marshall's tombstone
R Ross, 23 June 2022

300 years ago, in 1722, local landowner James Marshall left a remarkable gift in his Will, creating a charity that would support young people in Harpenden and Wheathampstead to achieve longterm employment. The James Marshal Foundation continues today to award grants to young people under 25 years in financial need to access education and career development opportunities. Income is generated from property, including in Leyton Road, Harpenden, where the Trustees’ office is based at 17 Leyton Road.

To mark the 300th anniversary, a concert was held on 23 June 2022 in St Mary’s Church, Wheathampstead, where guests were welcomed by the Rector, The Reverend Richard Banham. A programme of instrumental and vocal music was performed by groups from a number of schools, along with an introduction by the Chair of the Trustees, Jonathan Finch,  readings, and a ceremonial cutting of a cake by the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Robert Voss CBE CStJ. The celebrations concluded with a toast to James Marshall.  No photography or recordings were permitted.

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