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Next Big Event - Our Annual Garden Party
At The Elms from 2-4pm on Wednesday 1st Auguest - more detail please see below

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 Fine to the same colour as The Tower in 2015.

The Tree at The Elms

Something of a land-mark, there for very many decades, as is thought, the tree is a living thing and so subject to all the vagaries of life.

The subect of a TPO, the tree needs a haircut, and it is relevant that three boughs have snapped off the NE quadrant in the last 12 months.
HBC Tree Team are on the job and the trustees have had to commission a report frorm an arboriculturist to advise how much of a hair cut,
but not a crew or Mohican we think.
The picture gives some idea of how this Goliath of a tree has been over reaching itself for some time now.


Summer 2018 - The Manor Trust Governing Committee

We are looking for an additional Governing Committee Member with a special interest in the elderly. No specific experience is required but a professional background is desirable and would be helpful.

Our Trustees invite you to join the friendly board and give a little of your time, skills or experience for just an hour or two a month at a time to suit you in the week and a board meeting once a month.
It 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

2018 Annual General Meeting Saturday 28th April at 11am

Many Members, Friends, supporters, volunteers and staff were made welcome by the Vice-President Richard Pratt in the Chair, and Alan Mak MP made his opening remarks as a supporter before the start of the business proceedings of the Trust.There were reports on the activities of the trust, the Lodge, the Elms and the Waterloo Room as well as a finance report.
Bernard Stanley retired as a trustee after 50 years as Founding Trustee and his long srvice was recognised with great applause and some gifts.
Rhona Stokes stood down as trustee at the end of her term and the meeting approved the appointemnt of Mike Case and Graeme Loten as trustees. 
Refreshments were served after the meeting.

Recent 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 - Tuesday 10th July 2018

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).

Next Events

More Forthcoming Events

Please watch this space as
we work towards late summer and early autumn.

There is in the planning our annual
Heritage Open Day
early in September
set up and run
by our team who run the
Bedhampton Historical Collection (aka BHC)

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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