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Two local good causes have benefited from donations made by a charity that has its roots going as far back as the 16th century.

The Court Leet is a Chatteris charity that raises money through revenue from land it rents and then uses the cash for the general benefit and improvement of the town.

Generations of Chatteris people have been involved in the charity and a glance at its minute books will reveal many family names still found in the town today.

Court Leet Estate cheque presentation £2,000 to Chatteris Christmas Lights appeal and £2,000 to Salvation Army. (55793188)
Court Leet Estate cheque presentation £2,000 to Chatteris Christmas Lights appeal and £2,000 to Salvation Army. (55793188)

Leet is a Danish word and Court Leets were mentioned in the Doomsday Book and were made up 24 jurors, one for every acre of land.

However, there would be one noticeable fact is you look back on the charity's past records and that is the lack of any women's names, as they were not allowed to be trustees of the charity until the 1980s and now the charity has its first female chair Hayley Sizer, who was elected earlier this year.

And on Tuesday (29) Hayley and the other trustees gathered outside the Salvation Army Fortress in East Park Street, to hand over £2,000 each to two local groups.

Hayley Sizer presents the cheque to Chris Savill and Reg Tibbitts of Chatteris Christmas Lighting Committee.
Hayley Sizer presents the cheque to Chris Savill and Reg Tibbitts of Chatteris Christmas Lighting Committee.

The first went to the Salvation Army towards its new minibus, which will be used to transport the elderly and the vulnerable and the other went to the Chatteris Christmas Lights Committee towards the annual display this year.

Hayley said: "It is an honour to be the first woman chair of the charity. We have a long tradition of helping local good causes in the town, but organisations and groups might not be aware that we have money to donate.

"So we would love to hear from any group or organisation that benefits Chatteris so that we might be able to help them too."

Hayley Sizer presents the cheque to Gerald Day from the Salvation Army.
Hayley Sizer presents the cheque to Gerald Day from the Salvation Army.


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