A CHARITY set up by a former old boy of Ermysted's Grammar School in Skipton is inviting grant applications from students.

The Sylvester Petyt's charity is offering small grants to students educated at the town's secondary schools to help with their university or college education for the 2024/25 academic year.

Sylvester Petyt was an old boy of Ermysted’s who became a successful lawyer in London in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, who then decided to help the people of Skipton in various ways. This charity is one result of this.

John Dawson, a trustee and honorary clerk of the Sylvester Petyt's Charity said: “We seek applications from Skipton students. We ask the Skipton schools and Craven College to advertise this too. We hope our small contributions can assist students with equipment or books needed on their courses.”

In order to be eligible for a grant, students must be under 25 years old and they, or their parents, must live in the ancient parish of Skipton - that is Skipton, Barden, Beamsley, Bolton Abbey, Halton East, Draughton, Hazlewood-with-Storiths or Embsay with Eastby.

Application forms can be obtained from John Dawson at john.dawson@bbmax.co.uk or 42 Gainsborough Court, Skipton BD23 1QG.