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About The Manor Trust

The Trust is a small charity based in the lovely old village of Old Bedhampton.

The Manor Trust - It is a Registered Charity No: 1116034 and Registered Company 05480101
The Registered Address of the Charity is: -

  • The Elms, 2 Lower Road, Old Bedhampton, Havant Hampshire PO9 3LH

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 the older person and offers two different options for retirement living dependent upon one's needs as an older person;

The first option is in The Elms, a stunning Gothic style architecture, Grade II 'Star' Listed Building with its historic Waterloo Room and Tower.

The Elms has five self-contained apartments suitable for the independent retired active person

The Lodge, acquired in 1981 is a small Registered 24hr Residential Care Home that provides a caring home for the frail elderly who find they can no longer adequately look after themselves.

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

Founding Trustees

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.

Founding Trustees Bernard Stanley with Cynthia Hoy (Dec'd).

Trust Patron 

The Trust's Patron is General The Lord Richards of Herstmonceux GCB CBE DSO DL 

 

Trust Vice-Presidents

Alan Mak MP, MA(Hons)(Cantab), Dip. LP(OXILP), FRSA.

Richard Pratt B.Vet.Med., MRCVS (Retd) 



Lord & Lady Richards (right) with Trust Members Mr & Mrs R Hoy

The Trustees 

Mrs Susan Maclaurin-Pratt RGN Cert. Ed
Mr Mike Case FFA FIPA
Mr Graeme Loten
Mr David Hindley B Sc (Hons), C.Eng.

Read more about being a trustee

Key Staff

Paula Humby

Trust Manager

Valerie Möller

Trust Administrator

Renate Ditton 

Lodge Manager 

Jemma Marsh

Deputy Lodge Manager

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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.
All Members, Friends and Life Friends of the Trust as well as guests and supporters are invited to attend.
The Members of The Manor Trust, Bedhampton are the Trustees past and present, and also the Friends and Life Friends and other notables who have been invited by the Governing Committee to commit to the Trust and in return have the right to vote at General Meetings of the Trust. 

2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Due to the Coronavirus epidemic and associated regulations and safety precautions, the usual April AGM had to be postponed and with the discretion provided to Incorporated Charities by the Charity Commission and Companies House, 
the Trustees held the 2020 AGM as a ‘Closed Meeting’ with Trustees and the Trust Manager only present in person, and with the Trust Members casting their votes by post beforehand. 
The AGM took place on Wednesday 28th October, 2020 in the Waterloo Room at The Elms, 2 Lower Road, Old Bedhampton, Hampshire PO9 3LH 
      Besides the Voting Papers, Members received the AGM papers that included the Trustees’ Reports and Accounts for 2019. The Activities Reports that are usually given at a normal meeting were made available by clicking HERE . Members should receive the minutes of this AGM within 21 days. To view and download the 2020 AGM Minutes please click HERE.
A key objective was achieved at this meeting which was to vary the Trust's Governing Document to allow for the Trust's General Meetings to be held by electronic (digital) means in future, and in other locations, as conditions prevailing at the time require,
 

Volunteers and Supporters of the Manor Trust who would like to know more about the Trust, its AGM and about being a Trustee (click here ), or how to become a vounteer, can enquire of the Trust Manager  (click here).
Members of the Trust are those whose active support for the charity over a period has led to their being invited to become a Member.  

The Trust Governing Committee

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 Chair of the Governing Committee is taken by Susan Maclaurin-Pratt as the longest serving Trustee and Member of The Manor Trust.

The members of the committee are the Trustees, the Trust Manager, the Trust Administrator, the Lodge Registered Manager, and a Representative from the Bedhampton Historical Collection plus any co-opted committee members who have been invited to help the trustees with their work of running the Trust.
The committee can ask experts or special interest volunteers in various fields to report to or give advice to the committee.

Join us on the Governing Committee

We would like to appoint an additional member to our Governing Committee that meets monthly in the Library at The Elms.
The role is interesting and intellectually rewarding. It is reckoned that just a few hours per month are asked to be given for this role.
Typically, the role of board member suits the recently retired or part-retired person to keep their minds fit and occupied after their loss of work whilst gaining a worthwhile community experience.
At this current time, we are also looking for a responsible person who has a special interest in the elderly.
Generally trustees as a board oversee the direction of policy and delegation of their policy decisions to the trust's managers.

Policies Cover:-

The care of the heritage Grade II Listed Building known as The Elms

The financial control of the charity - effectively a non-profit SME - with turnover i.r.o.£500,000

The operation of the Bedhampton Historical Collection, the trust's small museum.

Supporting and understanding the role of the Registered Manager of The Lodge a 14-bed Residential Care Home

If you have run a Nursing or Residential Home , possibly as a former care professional (or similar) we would like to hear from you.
The board sees that the Registered Manager at The Lodge and the 24-hour staff care-team are well supported by a Governing Committee member who has some knowledge and experience of good care of the elderly.
To know more about volunteering for this particular interesting and rewarding role simply contact us for more details
please phone 023 9248 4444 or email trust.office@manortrust.org.uk and we can come back to you for an informal and a friendly chat.
 

You can read more about the role of a trustee here   

This link will give readers some detail of the fascinating role of a trustee in the Manor Trust and aspects the role of the trustee board, also called the Governing Committee.

To discuss your possible interest in volunteering, you can see how to contact our Trust Manager- here 

Trust Staff and Volunteers

The Trustees readily acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all 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 regularly help with the work of the charity, mainly at the Trust's fund-raising events held throughout the year.

Supporters of the Manor Trust, (formerly referred to as Friends and Life-Friends) and Volunteers

The Supporters of the Manor Trust are those who make donations from time to time towards the charity's work
Supporters are also those who may have made a provision for a gift to the Manor Trust (Charity No 1116034) in their Will.
Supporters enjoy attending our fund-raising events and other occasions. Their presence makes each event a success, raising funds for this charity.

In the past, those who made a gift to the charity of £100 or more were called Life-Friends, and those who gave £10 p.a. were called Friends of the Manor Trust. 
Today, we refer to all who donate and attend our fund-rasing events as 'Supporters.'

Volunteers are those Supporters who give of their time helping to run the Manor Trust and its events, and this includes the Trustees (who are all honorary and receive no payment) and also some good-hearted employees, giving their spare time.

About making donations - please see more here
Supporters receive the seasonal newsletters and prior news of the Trust's events throughout the year.
The Trust welcomes new Supporters and Volunteers
If you are interested or would like to know more, please phone or send a message to our Trust Manager.
And you can ask to be included on our mailing list as a Supporter of the Manor Trust by sending us an email here  

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 late founding former Trustee, Cynthia Hoy, who bequeathed her collection to the Trust.
The trustees are proud and grateful to have the enthusiasm of a team of interested and hardworking, dedicated volunteers to continue to develop this collection to be ready for showing to interested individuals and groups.

The Collection is housed in the Museum Room at the Elms and on special days such as the National Heritage Open Day, the team of volunteers mount displays in the Waterloo Room. For more detail please go here

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