Supported by the Welsh Assembly Government

Welcome to Usk

If you’re enjoying a walking holiday or golf weekend in Wales, be sure to spend a day or more in this historic town. You’ll find us nestling quietly in the gentle Monmouthshire hills, just along the lazy banks of the River Usk.
As you’ll soon discover, the town of Usk is steeped in history, from the ruins of a Norman castle to the seventeenth century buildings that adorn the cobbled streets. It's no wonder our visitors tell us it’s like stepping back in time.
But you’ll still find plenty to see and do here. Walking around the town, you’ll find antique shops and clothing boutiques with a splash of local flavour.  With all this to see, Usk has to be the perfect day trip in Wales – but with so many hotels and restaurants, you might be tempted to linger here and call it a holiday…

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Usk town square

Discover some of the finest floral displays in Wales
In Twyn Square, our famous Victorian clock is the centrepiece for Usk in Bloom. Since 1982, Usk has been a leading light in floral competitions, from Wales in Bloom and Britain in Bloom to Europe’s Entente Floral. We’re sure you’ll find it all makes for a unique experience: a picturesque town that’s even more striking the next time you visit…

Usk in bloom logo

The Roger Edwards Educational Trust

Benefiting the people of Usk by supporting social, academic and physical education projects. 

What is the Roger Edwards Educational Trust (REET)?

Roger Edwards of Usk bequeathed money to establish almshouses in nearby Llangeview when he died in 1624. The almshouses were rebuilt in 1826 but fell into disuse from 1969. Edwards also founded Usk Grammar School which was overseen by the Usk Grammar School Foundation.

In 1956 a scheme approved by the Charity Commission set out the objectives of The Usk Grammar School Foundation.  Under this arrangement Monmouthshire County Council was appointed as the sole corporate trustee. Two thirds of the income from the Foundation was used to support the Monmouthshire Farm School Trust which in turn part funded the former agricultural college at Usk and agriculture students. 

The remaining one third of the income was required to be used to support educational projects and individual students living in Usk and the surrounding district. 

This arrangement remained in place for over 50 years until November 2008 when following a campaign led by the late Lord Raglan the County Council voted to relinquish its control of the Trust.  The Roger Edwards Educational Trust (REET) then took on the form in which it exists today.

What are the aims of the trust?

REET is a registered charity, managed by unpaid, local trustees.  It is the job of the trustees to ensure that all the projects the trust supports fall within the objectives of the trust as detailed below:

  • Providing and assisting in the provision of facilities, not required to be provided by the local education authority, at Usk Primary School.

  • Promoting for public benefit the education (including social and physical training) of people resident in Usk and District in various ways including:

  • Awarding of scholarships, maintenance allowances or grants at any university, college, or institution of higher or further education.

  • Providing for education (including the study of music or other arts) to undertake travel in furtherance of that education, or to prepare entry to a trade or profession on leaving an educational establishment.

  • Providing and assisting in the provision of facilities for education at any charitable educational establishment in the area of benefit. 

    Who are the trustees? 

    The current trustees of the Roger Edwards Educational Trust are all resident   within ‘NP15 1’  

    Chris Cowburn (Chairman)
    Elizabeth Baker
    Catherine Brooker
    Gareth Edwards
    Geoff Hughes
    Huw Mitchell
    Barry Morse
    Jonathan Stephens
    Brian Strong
    Secretary to the Trustees – Sian Worsley 

    Who can apply for funding from REET? 

    REET is open to all residents of Usk and the surrounding associated communities.  In practice the definition of the above, as agreed by the trustees, includes most properties with ‘NP15 1’ postcodes.  All projects must be of an educational nature as defined above. 

    How do I apply? 

    Please email to request an application form or write to The Trust Secretary, Roger Edwards Educational Trust, 17 Burrium Gate, Usk, NP15 1TN .  If your application qualifies you may be asked to attend an interview and make a presentation to the trustees.  This is particularly likely for larger applications.  

    Can I discuss my application with a trustee? 

    All applications are treated in strictest confidence and no individual trustee is able to make a sole decision on an application as all applications are voted on democratically.  Therefore the trustees can give general information on the aims of REET but cannot discuss particular applications in any detail.   

    What assets do REET manage? 

    Specific values can vary year on year but the trust manages over £1million of invested funds and around £1.15 million in property assets, including the Adult Education Centre in Usk, the original Grammar School to which Roger Edwards made his bequest.  These assets generate an annual income which provides the funds available for grants. 

    Am I too young/old?  Do I have to be in full time education or have attended University? 

    Absolutely not.  There are no other restrictions on who can apply and what they can apply for, as long as the qualifying elements above are met. 

    I have only lived in Usk for a short time.  Does that matter? 

    There are no defined rules which dictate a specific amount of time that an applicant either has lived, or plans to remain living, in Usk.  However, this sort of issue is why the trustees have been appointed to assess applications.  For example, if an applicant was only planning to live in Usk for a very short time the trustees might feel that the aims of REET were not best served by granting that application.  However, every application is judged on its own merits. 

    How much can I apply for?  Is my project too big/small? 

    There are no defined minimum and maximum limits. However, there is a finite amount available for the trustees to grant each year. In practice the trustees are unlikely to grant applications which would place too great a demand on available funds. 

    I’m related to/friends with a trustee.  Can I still apply? 

    Yes, as long as you meet the residency requirements.  In a small community it is likely that at least some trustees will know of most applicants.  There are nine trustees so in the event that an application is received from someone known particularly well to a trustee they will declare an interest and not be involved in any discussions relating to that particular application.