Fundraising for Caldecott Community

From very early days this unpopular activity was a necessity in order that Leila Rendel could continue to keep her Caldecott Community dream a reality.

This little booklet, printed on stiff card, and illustrated by a 16½ year 'old-boy' of the Community, was probably an element of a fund-raising event. Considerably more subtle than the usual  Community requests for help. Unfortunately it suffers from staining due to damp, not surprising after about 90 years of storage.

The front and rear pages are linked to form one image when booklet is opened out.

This following brief review has been copied from a series of anecdotes collected by ex-Director James King, and now stored in his collection in the Caldecott Archives at PETT (Archive ref: SA/CA/JK - 2011.173/03)

Archive Collection ref SA/CA/5.12

This programme is of a play performed by Community children and staff in London in 1923, and is typical of the lengths the Community had to go to in order to raise necessary funds, and demonstrates the straight forward way in which the Directors asked their friends, family, and the public for much needed help, at a time when State Aid didn't exist.


A leaflet written in the early days of living at Mote House, Maidstone, as a fund-raising document.

Circa 1932.

From The Spectator Archives:-

13 June 1924 page 15


 [To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sir,—May I draw your attention to an educational and social enterprise of unique interest which is in danger of having to close unless timely help is forthcoming—the Caldecott Community?