Some History of Diggle’s First Fruits
The present Methodist Church was built on land purchased by Mr Joseph Diggle of Tadcaster in 1848. This land stretched from opposite the Old Star right down to Albion Street along the line of Nursery Way.
Mr. Diggle then built a Wesleyan school with a house for the schoolmaster and a new chapel (which is still the Methodist Church), behind the school.
As a local benefactor Joseph Diggle is also remembered for the financial support he gave to establish “Diggle’s First Fruits” in 1851. Funding was made available to the trust by investments in property, initially through the rental income. In later years the sale of some of these houses also enabled further financial investments to be made so ensuring the aims of the charity could still be supported today. The trust’s funds have always been administered confidentially by a locally based committee.
Diggle’s First Fruits is registered with the Charity Commission (No. 529176) and as a local trust it operates only within the civil parish of Clifford, West Yorkshire. One of the objects of the charity is “to advance the education (including social and physical education) of young persons under the age of 25 years who are resident in the civil parish of Clifford”
There are two other objects of the charity, which are:
i) to further the charitable work of the Methodist Church Division of Education
ii) to further the charitable work of the Methodist Church with persons under the age of 25 years who are resident in the parish of Clifford, including the provision of a junior church.