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Monthly Coffee Morning - Each 2nd Tuesday monthly 

We will be pleased to see you next month.  Fancy bringing a friend? Like to help out? Yes, please, you'd be very welcome.




Our Next COFFEE WITH BOOKS morning is on

Tuesday 11th December 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.



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.        

 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

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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.


The Annual Garden Party

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.



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.


Join the Manor Trust Management Team.

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

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 - 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).

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)

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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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