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Care of  the Grade II* Listed Building that is The Elms and Waterloo Room is very much a huge part of the objectives of the Manor Trust
and the Trustees next task is to redecorate the ornate and very special interior of this Regency Banqueting Hall.
The Trust has been advised that first we need to re-roof the Waterloo Room,
and to repair the exterior render of its northern wall.
The total cost for the exterior and interior work is expected to be in the region of £100,000
and so we are asking our supporters if they will help.
Read about 'Pledging financial support for this project.'
You can download page 4 of the Pledge document, fill in on-screen (using pdf 'Fill and Sign) and send to our Trust Office.

Roofs are hardly exciting to give for, but we cannot begin to redecorate the Waterloo Room interior until the roof is made good.
If you wish, you can give or pledge specifying that your gift is to be used for the interior re-decorating, which the trust would honour.
The Trust has received several generous donations and also pledges towards this appeal, but many more are wanted, please.
Thank you all for your kind and generous support.

Please click
Waterloo Room Fund
to make a Donation (Remember to state your donation is for the Waterloo Room Fund). 

Coming Soon


National Heritage Open Day


An event mounted by the part of The Manor Trust called  'The Bedhampton Historial Collection'  - which is run entirely by volunteers - 

This educational and recreational feature refelcts the objectives of this charity, The Manor Trust Bedhampton


Our Next COFFEE WITH BOOKS morning is on

Tuesday 10th September 2019 from 10 - 11.30

Held in the Waterloo Room of The Elms,

and the Secret Bookshop in the Library of The Elms will be open.


Happily, the weather was almost superb for this year's Garden Party; the sun was out and the air was warm.
However the wind was fresh and increased as we neared the 2pm opening time.
Some of the displays and gazebo-covered stalls suffered and the big white one had to be taken down just beore 2pm.

The Opening Ceremony was performed admirably by Lord Richards as the Patron of The Manor Trust and his encouraging speech held the attention of all present. The Trust's two Vice-Presidents, Alan Mak MP and Richard Pratt stood alongside. Many visitors came (we are waiting to be told the numbers) and all the stall-holders were busy.

Many cups of tea were served and the cakes, all freshly made by volunteers, went with the teas served.
This year there were three different types of drizzle cake made by volunteer Sam Maclaurin for the purpose.

We are expecting some photos shortly and so more news to follow soon plus the outcome of this splendid fund-rasing event.

The event was very efficiently led by the Trust's Manager, Paula Humby and the team of helpers all volunteering worked splendidly together to mount this event and then tidy all way afterwards.
So a huge hearty thanks goes to all of them.

Join the Manor Trust Management Team

We are looking for volunteers to help run our Fundraising Events.

If you enjoy meeting and helping people in a pleasant and friendly role, then please consider helping us at our Fundraising Events.
It can mean anything from having your say at the event planning stage, through to setting up the tables, chairs and stalls in readiness
and then on the day from welcoming the visitors to serving teas and cakes, or just explaining to the public about the purpose of The Manor Trust.

Volunteers are those who turn out and give practical help at Trust events. They give of their time and their skills. 
Supporters are those who donate freely and some give regularly, and some give in response to an appeal for a special project of the Trustees,
and they give whatever they feel they can at that time. Some give by attending the fund raising events and donate by spending on the day. 
All contribute to the work of the Manor Trust and are very much appreciated. 
You can donate via this website, or please contact us to give help. Thank you.

How would you like to be a Trustee?

If you have the appropriate skills or experience and can volunteer to give a just a little of your time each month, then
this is an interesting and enlightening role, bringing its own rewards of personal experience and satisfaction, knowing you are helping a worthy cause.
If this appeals to you and would like to know more, please get in touch using our ' Contact us '   page and there is more to read on our ' About Us ' page


The Lodge Garden gets Sainsbury's 150 years celebrations attention

It is not often that we have a news item about the garden at the Lodge.
The garden is quite large with both a lawned flower garden and a vegetable garden that Tony, our gardener, produces freshly picked vegetables all year round
for the residents at the Lodge to enjoy.

There are times when some extra help is needed to keep all looking good and cared for.

The news is that in July, the Manor Trust was fortunate to be chosen as one of the charities that Sainsbury Supermarkets are supporting to celebrate their 150 years in business. 

We are waiting for a photo or two, but in the meantime please read our trustees' Letter of Thanks to the Sainsbury's scheme co-ordinator, Mark, that describes the wonderful outputs that the Sainsbury's volunteers achieved for the Lodge garden and grounds on their day in Old Bedhampton.

What more can we say but a huge 'Thank you to Sainsburys.'



Saturday 6th July from 2pm

Many came to visit our stand at the Show - and were interested to see what the Trust has to offer to the community and in particular to the elderly seeking accommodation or residential care

Leaflets were eagerly taken to learn more about The Manor Trust:-
The Elms and the Waterloo Room and what goes on there, 
The Lodge, The Bedhamton Historical Collection,
and very importantly how we need volunteers and the supporters for this local Registered Charity

How about becoming a volunteer or a supporter?

Volunteers are those who turn out and give practical help at Trust events.
Supporters are those who donate freely and regularly whatever they feel they can at that time.
Both contributors to the work of the Manor Trust are both very much appreciated.
You can donate via this website, or please contact us to give help. Thank you.





The Manor Trust mounted at stand at the fair for a second year running.
The stall was surprisingly busy, as was the whole event.

There was a large variety of services displayed at this event that so were interesting, helpful and informative to anyone with some years behind them and for the relatives of those older persons in the family.

Trustee Sue Maclaurin-Pratt and former Trustee Rhona Stokes attended and spent the hours explaining to visitors to the stall what the trust offers for the older person.

At the present time, we have a flat vacant in The Elms and a room vacant at The Lodge, Click on each for further details.


Books Galore!

Reading is still a very popular whether fiction, non-fiction or faction

'All this she must possess,' added Darcy, 'and to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.' Pride & Prejudice.

'Reading is to the mind, what excercise is to the body'


This day's event offers a chance to browse, to find a gem to read at very low cost,
and all whilst enjoying a cup of coffee and other refreshments etc.


John Keats the poet - 200 years

Bedhampton Village's celebrations on Sunday 20th and 27th January 2019

John Keats was an English poet who is now regarded as being one of the greatest lyric poets of his time and one of the principal poets of the English Romantic movement.

He was born in London on October 31, 1795 and in his short lifetime had 54 poems published in various magazines and in three volumes of poetry.
He spent some of his time living in Bedhampton, staying at the Mill shown opposite in an archival photo courtesy of The Manor Trust's Historical Collection (aka BHC) and this year Bedhampton celebrates his poems and his life that ended 200 years ago.

Bedhampton Village's celebrations on Sunday 20th and 27th January 2019 were held to commemorate the life of the poet John Keats
They were a great success with many coming some distance to visit and explore the village and the special events laid on.   

The events held in the Waterloo Room at The Elms were particularly popular as were the refreshments, and the opportunity to view the historic scroll of the full extent of Bedhampton Parish all laid out in the Elms Library where the Secret Bookskop was open as well. The organising team were led by Nigel and Wendy Gossop and congratulations are due to them all.

The Bedhampton Keats 200 Group, led by Nigel and Wendy Gossop,  invited a keen audience to The Waterloo Room at The Elms on Friday afternoon 15 February, to hear Havant and South Downs English Literature students read out John Keats' seven sonnets.

Staff in thanking Nigel and Wendy felt the event was moving and also rewarding for the students to discover a beautiful and interesting area of Bedhampton.

All who came were privileged  to hear the premier of a sonnet to Keats and to hear the students reading seven of Keats' sonnets.

Afterwards all were served a complimentary cup of tea or coffee.

                                    More details of these events here
                                    See the Press Release here
                                  and more about this historic village


By popular opinion we moved the event to Saturday 1st December and it was run from 10 am to 3 pm.       We are delighted to say that this move proved successful with more people coming and enjoying the event with fun at our stalls. 
We had a fantasic set of raffle prices, we had cakes and preserves, crafts, pre-loved and vintage gifts and clothes, tombola and all with coffee and a mince pie, included in the entrance fee of £2
   Secret Bookshop was also open. 
The funds raised this year will go towards the planned redecoration of the historic Waterloo Room
and just under £900 was raised.
Hearty thanks to all who came and contibuted to this happy sum raised.        

Lodge Deputy Manager's long service of 30 years was recognised as she retires.

The text in our latest newsletter (please see) says it all.

A truly wonderful era of delivering skill with prudent wisdom.

Thank you Tania from all at the Manor Trust for all you have done, and we most heartily wish you a long and very happy retirement.

Tania is seen here in between Mr Bernard Stanley, Founding trustee of the Manor Trust in 1967, and Sue Maclaurin-Pratt, first Lodge Manager in 1982 and current Lead Trustee 

 Waterloo Room Evening Talk

The Bedhampton Historical Collection in conjuction with The Secret Bookshop are delighted to mount this talk on behlf of the Manor Trust.
Paul delighted his audience with a very interesting and for many a new insight into the subject. Many thanks to Paul for this.

Hosted by the BHC


This was a successful day for those wanting to rev up their handcraft skills for Christmas fun and more. Many thanks to all who came, and most especially to Jill Munden, Wendy and others who came and oversaw the event.


It is an important day in the year for the Manor Trust.

 The trust's role is heritage, and the Heritage Open Day displays
will be held in the historic Waterloo Room
hosted by
The Bedhampton Historical Collection 

The Trustees are grateful to have the dedicated interest and support
of the volunteer team who run this event.

Interested in this project? Please speak to team members Nigel or Wendy

2018 – 19 Conservation Projects

For news of The Elms Grade II Listed Building refurbishments click here
The conservation work is well under way and the external painting to finsh by the end of July 2018  

In June the exterior refurbishments began in earnest with scoffolding to the east face of the Elms
to repair wooden frames, and some masonry/render repair
before repainting with Beeck Renosil Coarse then Beeck Renosil Fine
to the same colour as The Tower in 2015.

The works have been expertly carried out by Richardsons of Gosport


The Listed Property Owners Club

The trust has joined this organisation as it has  a great support team and database for anyone who has a Listed Building, and so can ease the concerns of maintenance in compliance with planning departments whose role it is to see that the Listed Properties are correctly traditionally maintained.
The Elms (AD 1800) with an even older farm-house core is a Grade II Star Listed building so that means it is in the top 8% of Listed Buildings in the country.



Once the scaffolding had been erected, at the end of May, work could start in earnest. AlbaPlasterCraft remoulded damaged lionhhead features, and Richardsons of Gosport began the repair of the windows and repainting of the rendered walls and chimney stacks. The finishing touches will be all done by early August.
The summer is the best time to renew aged gas boilers that break down when needed most and British Gas Commercial were the contract winners for the challenging task on this building. Fitting new chimney liners with the painters' scaffolding was in place was a saving opportunity the trustees were anxious not to miss.
There turned out to be many 'nooks and crannies' that needed attending along with the straightforward work and this has meant that work will not be quite completed by the day of the Garden Party.
Meanwhile the residents of The Elms have been graciously forebearing of all the noise and disturbances; as internally a vacant flat was also being refurbished before letting to a new resident. Enquries for the flat to the Trust Manager, please, Go to Contact us
it seems that the residents despite all, appreciate that it just had to be done and that 'it will be worth it.' 

At the same time, the trustees commsioned an all abilities toilet for the first time. It will be off the cloak-room that is adjacent to the Library. Visitors to the Waterloo Room will be able to use this new facility by the end of August.


The Annual Garden Party 2018

Mayor opens the Garden Party

and visits the stalls and takes afternoon tea

This year the party was opened by The Mayor of Havant, Councillor Peter Wade who spent time visiting the stalls and talking to our visitors and volunteers.  With more than 150 visitors at the party, it was a really memorable afternoon.


The popular Bric-a-Brac Stall

The first stall on the list for some ...

This year’s party offered a variety of stalls selling books, bric-a-brac, produce from The Lodge garden and a fantastic choice of cakes; many made by the cooks at The Lodge.  It was lovely to see so many people enjoying tea and cakes on the (rather brown) lawn in the rear garden of The Elms. 

Words by the Trust's Event Manager, Nigel Gossop

Havant MP Alan Mak came

and takes refreshments with the Mayor

The Manor Trust would like to thank everyone who supported the annual Manor Trust Garden Party on Wednesday 1 August. We were especially pleased that Havant's very busy MP Alan Mak found time to come and support the Trust.
It was a lovely afternoon with much kinder weather than last year when we were forced to squeeze the whole party inside the Waterloo Room.


Other Events

Annual Art Show - May Sat 26, Sun 27 & Mon 28, 2018

This year's Art Show went off well with many visitors. Teas and cakes were enjoyed outside in the sun on the front lawn.
Grateful thanks for running this event, the preparations days beforehand, and then on each day, go to Jo Cameron for her skill on the 'Hanging Day,' and to organisers Nigel and Wendy Gossop and all the rest of the team of helper-volunteers.
In particular we thank the many talented local artists for supporting our charity at this event, giving the visitors chance to view a delightful selection of fine paintings and to buy their favorite.
Included in the show was the donation of a fine print of a schooner that was raffled. It is pleasing to note that 200 tickets were sold.
If any reader of this site would like to join as a helper, the next opportunity is at the monthly coffee mornings or please note especially, we'd like your help at the Garden Party. Please go to 'Contact Us.'

Next Coffee Morning with Books - on the 2nd Tuesday of the month 10 - 11.30 am. All Welcome

You can have a cup of coffee, a piece of cake and buy a book, or two. These coffee mornings are a good opportunity to meet friends and meet new people, browse the books available at the lowest of prices, nearly all from £1. All are welcome to come and enjoy a coffee with refills, cakes etc., and an opportunity to find some new reading the Secret Bookshop.
All funds are raised in aid of the Manor Trust. We are wanting to raise funds towards the renovation of the interior of this lovely Grade II* Listed Regency Banqueting Hall planned for next year.
It's our endeavour that you should enjoy this experience and we will be grateful to have your support.
If you would like to help with one or more of these occasions please contact our Trust Manager (see Contact page).

Older News

Trust News – November 2017

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Case FFA as a trustee. Mike is a Member of the Manor Trust, supporter of our events and was asked for his known professionalism in Old Bedhampton where he lives. Welcome to Mike and we hope he enjoys his new role.

We are also very pleased to announce the appointment of Graeme Loten as trustee. Graeme has recently retired from government service and responded to our issuing a notice for additional trustees. Graeme lives in Bedhampton and knows the village well. We welcome him too and hope he will be very happy with his new responsibilities.

Our final piece of exciting news is the appointment of Mrs Paula Humby as Trust Manager. This is a new role, and Paula will manage all those aspects of the running of the charity delegated to her by the Governing Committee and the trustees but leave the financial administration to our Trust Administrator, Valerie Moller. Between Paula and Valerie they will cover most of the weekday office hours from 1st December, Paula’s email is and Valerie's will be .  Both will be able to monitor each other's emails. The office phone number remains unchanged at 023 9248 4444. For public awareness the office hours for contact remain as advertised for the time being at Mon - Fri 9.30am -12.30pm. We are absolutely thrilled at Paul's appointment and we wish her every success. Of course, it will take a while for her to get to grips and 'get on top' of this new role, but we feel sure we can all bear that in mind.

Bedhampton Show - Saturday 1st July 2017- held on Bidbury Mead

The Trust mounted a stand at the show, as a special attempt seeing that it is the Trust's 50th anniversary year. Many visitors came and looked at the various leaflets we had on display and available to take away. The stand was very conveniently placed close to the entrance from the car parks.

Of great interest were the historic photographs of Old Bedhampton depicting scenes of the village from the earliest days of photography, all held at the Trust's Bedhampton Historical Collection. The photographic display was mounted by two from the BHC team, Nigel and Wendy Gossop, and our thanks go to them, and to Julie, a resident within the Trust and her sister, who talked to the visitors about the Trust and 'signed' up more Friends of the Manor Trust'. Throughout the whole day trustee Rhona Stokes was on hand and worked hard to make the whole display work for the visitors, and so much thanks go to her on behalf of the trustees. In all it was a successful day and worth all the effort.

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