About The Manor Trust
Founding Trustee Bernard StanleyThe Trust is a small charity based in the lovely old village of Old Bedhampton.
The Manor Trust -
- is a Registered Charity No: 1116034 and Registered Company 05480101 

Founded 1967 by Bernard Stanley (pictured) and Cynthia Hoy (wall-framed) after local residents in Old Bedhampton became concerned that beautiful properties around the village were being targeted by developers and were in danger of being destroyed.
It was also felt that elderly people should be given every opportunity to remain in the village.
This gave rise to the Trust’s joint values of ‘heritage’ and ‘care’ - living in retirement.
The founding trustees were committed to maintaining the buildings and to providing for the elderly a comfortable accommodation and a dignified, relaxed lifestyle in unique surroundings.
Trust Patron and Vice-President
The Trust's Patron is General The Lord Richards of Herstmonceux GCB CBE DSO DL read more
The Trust's Vice-President is Mr Richard Pratt B.Vet.Med., MRVCS (Ret)
 The Trustees and Key Staff
Mr Bernard J Stanley
(A Founding Trustee)

Mrs Susan Maclaurin-Pratt
RGN Cert. Ed

Ms Rhona Stokes
Cert.Ed., Dip.Ed.
Mr Jeff Wilson
Mrs Valerie Muller
(Trust Administrator)
Mrs Jacqueline Hildick
(Registered Lodge Manager)

Annual General Meeting of The Manor Trust Bedhampton
The AGM is held in the Waterloo Room of The Elms 2 Lower Road Old Bedhampton PO9 3 LH on a Saturday morning at the end of April or the beginning of May ,
The Elms. All Members, Friends and Life Friends of the Trust as well as guests and supporters are invited to attend.   

The Aims of the charity
To provide a caring home environment for the elderly in the Trust’s properties and -
  • To preserve the Trust’s properties in Old Bedhampton
  • To foster and promote the social and historic ambience of Old Bedhampton
  • To advance education in the community
A philosophy for retirement living options
The Trust’s philosophy is -
- to provide homes for elderly people each offering a different option for retirement living dependent upon one’s needs as an elderly person;
  • The Elms, a stunning Gothic style architecture, a Grade II 'Star' Listed Building with its historic Waterloo Room and Tower
  • It comprises five self-contained apartments suitable for the early retired person
  • The Lodge, acquired in 1981 is a small Registered 24hr Residential Care Home.
The Lodge is a care home in the Havant area.
If you would like to find out more about the accommodation offered by the Trust please go to Contact Us

The Trust Governing Committeene
The affairs of the charity are managed by the trustees via this small friendly committee that meets once a month in the morning in the Elms. The committee has a 'Chair,' which is usually taken by the charity's Vice-President Mr Richard Pratt B.Vet Med., MRCVS (Ret), who has had a close association with the Trust over very many years.
  • The members of the committee are the Trustees, the Trust Administrator, the Lodge Registered Manager and any co-opted committee members who have been invited to help the trustees with their work of running the Trust.
  • The committee is able to ask experts or special interest volunteers in various fields to report to or give advice to the committee.
Currently the trustees are looking to strengthen the Board that governs this charity and to appoint additional trustees.
If you are interested in possibly volunteering to become involved in the management of the Manor Trust and perhaps becoming a trustee, you can read more about this role by clicking on
  • our own summary of the role of trustees in the Manor Trust here
  • and also read our Reach Organisation project for a new trustee here 

If you have run a Nursing or Residential Home or been professionally involved with these types of homes in some way, then we are looking for a trustee with an interest in the elderly, most likley a former care professional (or similar), and the care and support the charity offers. 
That interest would be in seeing that our elderly residents' care and comfort being delivered by the Registered Manager and her team of carers is supported by a member of the Governing Committee who has some knowledge and experience of
good care of the elderly.
The trustee Sue Maclaurin-Pratt has experience of inspecting nursing homes, running residential care homes for the elderly as well as training carers and the trustees would be very pleased to hear from any person with a similar or relevant background to support Sue in her role.
There is more about volunteering for this particualr interesting and rewarding role in the link to our application on the Reach website, please go here 

If this type of voluntary past-time appeals to you and would like to know more then please get in touch by emailing Sue Maclaurin-Pratt on Trust.office@manortrust.org.uk   

Much detail about this charity is already here on this website's pages - happy reading!
May we look forward to hearing from you?
Trust Staff and Volunteers
The Trustees readily acknowledges the hard work and dedication of all of the Trust's staff, especially in the giving of quality care in the Lodge, day and night 365 days of the year but all other staff as well, such as  our cooks, gardeners and maintenance operatives.
  • The Trust also benefits from and has come to rely on its dedicated band of volunteers.
  • A body of these volunteers is called The Friends of the Manor Trust (see below) and they regularly help with the work of the charity, mainly at the Trust's fund-raising events held throughout the year.
The Friends of the Manor Trust:-
Friends of the Manor Trust are supporters of the charity by their donatations of £12 per  year, usually by Standing Order.
  • Alternatively one can make a single life-time donation of £100 and become a Life Friend.
  • Friends receive the seasonal newsletters and prior news of the Trust's events throughout the year.
  • Many Friends help at the fund-raising events and generally join in with the Trust’s activities.
The Trust welcomes new Friends and Volunteers
If you are interested or would like to know more, please phone or send a message to our Trust Administrator
And you can download a Friends Application Form

The Bedhampton Historical Collection
To help promote the social and historic ambience of Old Bedhampton the Trust is proud to have within its domain the Bedhampton Historical Collection.
The Bedhampton Historical Collection is an impressive set of artefacts collected over many years by the founding former Trustee Cynthia Hoy who has bequeathed her collection to the Trust, which  is proud to develop this collection to be ready for showing to interested parties.
  • The Collection is housed in the Museum Room at the Elms.
  • The curator responsible for maintaining and presenting the Collection is Margaret Stanger

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