Association of Singer Car Owners (ASCO) club members have started up a generous bursary fund – the George Singer Memorial Fund – for the sole purpose of helping worthy students at Kingston Maurward College.
Singer & Co was founded in 1875 manufacturing high quality bicycles. This evolved into motorcycles and ultimately car manufacture in 1904. The company was eventually bought by Chrysler and the Rootes group in 1970.
The Singer club has formed strong links with the College due to its founder’s heritage. In 1847 George Singer was born in the parish and his father was farm bailiff at Kingston Maurward.
ASCO celebrated this link with the College in 2013 with a lakeside rally of some of its beautiful cars, followed by a ceremony and unveiling of a memorial plaque which is located outside the sixteenth century Old Manor House on the estate, where George Singer’s parents lived.
Club members felt strongly about forming a lasting legacy for the College and after lengthy committee discussions concluded that helping students via members’ contributions towards a bursary would demonstrate its dedication to the college and its students.
ASCO President, John Horn, said: “We wanted the fund to be specifically to help someone up the ladder, and to mirror George Singer’s outlook; He was known for his philanthropic attitude towards his own workforce, and actively encouraged activities that would maintain their health and wellbeing – we hope that the bursary fund will echo this for Kingston Maurward students.”
Committee members of the College’s charity, Kingston Maurward Foundation, will choose the recipient of the bursary, based on the student’s attitude to learning, commitment to their course, and their circumstances.
ASCO attended this year’s Kingston Maurward’s Open Day with some of their historical vehicles and to present the first bursary cheque of £300 to the College.
KMF Chair Reverend Canon Doctor Jean Coates said “On behalf of Kingston Maurward Foundation we really are very grateful for the generosity of the members of this wonderful club. This will be a welcome contribution for one of our horticulture students this year, in reward for their hard work, and will help them continue their studies.”For more information about the Association of Singer Car Owners go to asco.org.uk