One of the longest-running firms in Chronicle Country is marking its 200th anniversary by offering cash grants to voluntary groups.
Motley & Hope Solicitors in Shortmead Street, Biggleswade, began practising in 1813.
Now 200 years on the firm intends to celebrate its special birthday. Having already made 10 donations of £200 to local councils, the firm now wishes to donate £200 cash grants to 10 local charities or voluntary groups - and is inviting applications.
Paul Motley, Sole Principal at Motley & Hope said: “My staff and I wanted to say thank you in some small way to our local community for its support now and over many years.”
In 1813 Robert Lindsell set up in Stratton Street, now the top end of the High Street. The practice remained in that area for more than a century under various names.
Between the wars, when it was called Hooper and Fletcher, it relocated to Shortmead Street - next door to its current premises.
Paul Motley joined in 1979 and was made a partner two years later.
In 1985, following mergers, the company was called Winter Wilkinson. A de-merger followed in 1991 when Motley, Strachan and Hope was formed. Duncan Strachan left a year later, leading to the current name - Helen Hope left last year.
Applications are welcome from charities or voluntary groups in the Biggleswade area. Email details of your group, together with how the money could be spent, to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Grant Applications, Motley & Hope Solicitors, The Manor House, Shortmead Street, Biggleswade Beds SG18 0AT.
The closing date is Monday, November 4.