History

Avonbrook makes annual grants from its invested capital fund.

The charity was founded in 2007 by Michael Amherst with the proceeds of his share of the site sale of The Abbey School, Tewkesbury.

Founded in 1973 by Miles Amherst, Michael’s father, at its peak the The Abbey School provided education for over 120 children, including a great number whose places were part-funded by bursaries from Miles Amherst. Sadly, a downturn in pupil numbers led to the school’s closure in 2006.

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Avonbrook House, the main school building of The Abbey School, from which the charity takes its name.

Michael was inspired by Rosemary and Peter Diamond, his former English teacher and her husband, who on retirement in the UK switched to working in schools in the developing world. On deciding how best to use the proceeds of The Abbey School site sale, he felt that using the funds to support the Diamond family’s work would be not only be a wonderful way of assisting them further, but also of continuing his father’s legacy and helping those most in need.

As for the choir, to the great relief of the Amherst family, Dean Close School stepped in to provide it with a new home. The choir continues to thrive under its new name of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum and sings in the Abbey on weekdays.