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The Waterloo Room can be available for your event.

The Waterloo Room may be suitable for your event. To make enquiries please contact our
Trust Manager Paula on 023 92 48 4444 and our Events Organiser Nigel Gossop will call you back.


News of The Elms Grade II* Listed Building - Conservation Projects - to read more please click here

Our 'Books and Coffee' mornings are held in The Waterloo Room

on 2nd Tuesday of the month, 10-11.30 am  

Next Coffee Morning - is on Tuesday 8th May 2018

All welcome - come and enjoy the experience in the charming and impressive historic Waterloo Room and The Secret Bookshop  will be open - come and browse - and choose a book to take home and read for a very modest amount. 

Fancy to help run a Books and Coffee morning?

Please let us know (see 'Contact Us') or you can phone Nigel Gossop on 023 9237 5594.


This is a collection of books held in the Library of The Elms and which are available for purchase at a very small, nominal price, for as little as £1, and if so inclined readers can donate the book back to the Secret Bookshop after reading.

All the money raised is put towards the work of the Manor Trust, which primarily is the upkeep of its Grade II 'Star' Listed building, The Elms and its Waterloo Room. The costs of upkeep are very significant, ongoing and spending plans for the buildings can be available from any trustee or The Trust Manager.


Forthcoming Events

Annual Art Show - May 26 - 28, 2018 - Artists  please note - Booking Forms here and Terms here 


Our Talks

Talks are held several times a year on a wide range of topics. They are arranged on behalf of the Manor Trust by the trust's volunteer Events Organiser Nigel Gossop.
There is a small charge to attend our Waterloo Room Talks and the proceeds are all put towards the maintenance of this lovely historic Regency Banqueting Hall, as the upkeep is quite costly. The Waterloo Room is by way of being the community heart of the Conservation Village of Old Bedhampton.
Your ongoing interest and support is very much appreciated by the trustees and the volunteers at The Manor Trust.

For more details of how you can support the trust, please go to our 'Fundraising' page or please go to 'Contact Us' page on this website. Thank you.

Recent Events

Tuesday 13th February  Save Old Bedhampton Petition

In the Waterloo Room at 2 pm a petition of 1,785 signatories was handed to the Deputy Mayor (Peter Wade, next years Mayor, as Madam Mayor was indisposed) by Bradley Barber (7yrs).
This was followed by a marvellous speech by Eden Hillier-Smith (10yrs) describing growing up in the area and imploring the deputy Mayor to use the petition to get the Council to reconsider their plans and safeguard the Conservation Area for the future.
The Deputy Mayor responded, visibly touched.

Tea, coffee, cakes, chocolates galore and fresh pancakes were enjoyed thanks to a small army of volunteers.
Richard Jones took the photos and Cllr Peter Wade and his wife walked the Conservation Area with Ron Tate before leaving after just over an hour. 

The petition will now be added to the submissions (H22) to the Draft Local Plan consultation.

More can be seen on the village page on this website and on the village's own website

On Monday 12th February at 7pm

General The Lord Richards, Patron of The Manor Trust, gave his talk to a capacity audience. Using maps of various parts of the world, he described the various political situations where tensions exist and explained their countries' leaders short and long term aspirations.
Clearly very knowledgeable on a wide range of geo-political issues, it was a treat for us all to be given such insights that we never normally read in the newspapers of hear on the TV, let alone in 'social media.'
His views on the poor statesmanship in so many countries were refreshingly interesting and he gave his thoughts on the possible causes.
His talk was concluded by answering some very apposite questions including one from his wife, Lady Richards.

We hope to hear him speak again.


Just before Christmas 2017, the Secret Bookshop presented a special framed art print to the Trust for The Waterloo Room. 
The print, entitled Scotland Forever! is a dramatic picture of the Scots Greys cavalry charge at The Battle of Waterloo, painted in 1881 by Lady Elizabeth Butler. 
Mike Case, a trustee, was there to accept the print on behalf of the Trust, here seen with Wendy Gossop of the Bedhampton Historical Collection.

Christmas Coffee Morning 2017

The Christmas Coffee Morning was very successful  with many visitors buying raffle tickets in the chance of winning one of the many prizes that had been donated for the occasion and also for the popular tombola. For the £2 entry fee  a cup of coffee and a mince pie was served by our enthusiastic helpers - many thanks go to them.

It was good to see so many friends and supporters on a freezing cold but bright morning coming for a cup of coffee and a mince pie served charmingly by our enthusiastic helpers Jill and Sam - welcome and special thanks to Sam Maclaurin and then move on to buying from the stalls..

We had pleasure also in welocomine Liz Jones (in between Jill and Sam sserving coffee) Liz is the local Tesco Community Champion.

After a coffee and a chat visitors enjoyed making purchases of items from the stalls, no doubt some of them made in preparation for Christmas present giving and the general festivities.

The trustees are very grateful for your donations and purchases and especially grateful to all the volunteers who have worked hard for weeks planning and preparing for this important fundraising event of the trust's year. The money donated will go towards the restoration of the Elms and the Waterloo Room that is planned for next spring - watch this News page for more about that in the coming months.


Trust News -

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. Beween 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.

Saturday 11th November in The Waterloo Room
A Joint event by the Trust's Bedhampton Historical Collection and the Secret Bookshop


This event was very well attended and we have been told was much enjoyed and appreciated by all who took part.
Our many thanks go to Jill Munden, Margaret Stanger, Nigel and Wendy Gossop for their work running this event.

New Trustee sought.

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

A cracking Jumble Sale - raising funds for the maintenance of The Waterloo Room -
We must hold another - thank you to those who came and supported this event - we hope you found something you wanted.


A very special occasion for the trust was held on this morning, the culmination of the 50th year - Golden Anniversary celebrations of The Manor Trust - at which a plaque in commemoration was unveiled by the Trust Patron General The Lord Richards of Herstmonceux  in the company of the Mayor of Havant Cllr Elaine Shimbart, her Consort Cllr Gerald Shimbart, and the Member of Parliament for the Havant Constituency Alan Mak. Also present were the Trust Vice-President Richard Pratt,  the trustees and previous trustees Jenny Wride, Mike Sellis and Margaret Stanger, and trust staff.

We were especially delighted to see key trust supporters of very many years Mr Rob Hoy and his wife, and Angela Maxwell and her husband, being son and daughter respectively of Cynthia Hoy, joint founding trustee with Bernard Stanley and donor of The Manor House to the trust, 50 years ago.

It was with some sadness that Founding Trustee Bernard Stanley was not well enough to attend in person but he was able to see the event as it unrolled by the use of a direct video link. The assembled party was able to give him 'three cheers' and wish him well.

After the unveiling the guests all moved into the Waterloo Room for refreshments.
The event Master of Ceremony was Nigel Gossop who made all the introductions and proposed a toast to 'The Manor Trust' that was roundly applauded.

The Bedhampton Historical Collection (The Manor Trust) - presented this Waterloo Room Evening Talk -

Heritage Open Day - very many visitors came on this day, enjoyed the displays and the refreshments.





There was something of a seismic shock when the busy team who annually set up all the stalls and gazebos and all the paraphernalia for the Garden Party on the lawns on the day before decided to meet the challenge of the wet weather forecast for the very afternoon of August 2nd 2017. A wet Garden Party was almost, but not quite, without precedent. The team were magnificent and everything was reorganised to be inside the Waterloo Room and its adjacent library, home of the Secret Bookshop.
As it happens few were put off by the weather, neither the troops of volunteers on the day bringing freshly cooked produce for sale nor the gallant supporters who came and paid their £1 entry fee at the gate, where the collector was sheltered under a gazebo from the rain.
A new feature was the 'Fairground Organ' on the front lawn adding music (of a sort) to brighten up the day. The music players had a very wet time of it.
The Garden Party was handsomely opened by the kind courtesy of the Mayor Cllr Elaine Shimbart, who was attended by her Consort Gerald Shimbart. Also present was Cllr Ken Smith who came as councillor for the Bedhampton Ward and who is a supporter of the Manor Trust as well.


Raffle prizes were popular, and there was tombola, as well as fresh cakes, breads, pies and scones galore, with gorgeous looking homemade marmalades; also the always popular bric-a-brac stalls, and the re-introduction of the clothes stall was welcomed by many. While all this was going on teas and lovely cream cakes and other cakes were there to be bought and enjoyed there and then with plenty of seating (see below).

The Secret Bookshop in conjunction with the Bedhampton Historical Collection raised £1,500 this year to provide the Waterloo Room with a set of folding table and comfortable chairs that stack. Both of these features were proposed by our Events Organiser Nigel Gossop to add to the versatility and comfort of the room.




Want to help? We are always pleased to hear from you if you would like to help at this special summer event. Helping is easy, not at all strenuous and it is good fun. Please contact us now on 023 9237 5594 or 02392 48 4444 (mornings only) or email

Waterloo Room Evening Talk - Friday 7th July
A great evening with John Clegg voicing his own performance of the story of Dickens' life holding the capacity audience enraptured.
We had enjoyed a glass of wine and canapes to start with as we all assembled for this the final event in the Trust's 50th Anniversary celebration week. Sincere thanks go to Nigel and Wendy Gossop for all the planning, to Jill Munden for helping and to Wendy Harris, cook at The Lodge, for the delicious canapes.


The proceeds of these like other events go to the Secret Bookshop, which is the fundraising organ for specific projects for the Manor Trust, on this occasion the funding of the new stackable but very comfortable chairs and folding quality tables for the Waterloo Room.

50th Anniversary Celebration of The Manor Trust, Bedhampton 1st & 2nd July 2017
Over the weekend of 1st and 2nd of July the 50th Anniversary of the founding of The Manor Trust was celebrated. Formed in 1967 by Cynthia Hoy (Dec'd) and Bernard Stanley (Trustee) after acquiring The Manor House, which otherwise would have demolished for the building of flats. The central part of the Manor House is Elizabethan and the two wings are Victorian. Subsequently the Manor House became a Grade II Listed Building so preserving it for posterity.
The trust went on to acquire The Elms in Lower Road also in the village of Old Bedhampton and also a Grade II Listed Building, and later acquired the Lodge, next door to The Elms and where the Trustees created a Registered Residential Care Home. Sadly the Trust could no longer afford to keep the Manor House open and run as Sheltered Housing that it had done for 47 years for up to 7 residents. The building was sold on the understanding the purchasers were going to live in the Manor House as their private residence (see more about the Manor House further down this News page).

To celebrate this occasion approximately 40 Members and Friends of the Trust together with active volunteers of the charity came to a 'tea with cake party' in the Waterloo Room where the most senior in terms of age as 'Guest of Honour' was Mr Bernard Stanley, Founding Trustee, fortunately able to be present whilst convalescing  from an illness.
We were also very pleased to be able to welcome to the party the Patron of The Manor Trust, General The Lord Richards and his wife Lady Richards.

Bernard Stanley with the daughter of Joint Founding Trustee, Cyntia Hoy at the party

There was a toast to 'The Manor Trust' proposed by trustee Sue Maclaurin-Pratt and the Vice-President asked Nigel Gossop to accept and gift of a bottle of his favourite tipple which it became known quite by chance is his special treat after his and his wife Wendy's very many labours for and on behalf of the Manor Trust.

Bedhampton Show - Saturday 1st July - 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.


Saturday 17th June

The local author Selina Stanger gave her very intersting talk to a receptive audience of just under 20. Her talk was folowed by an enthusiastic discussion of her books about the Harrison surgeons and about her experiences and some guidelines on self-publishing.
Following the talk there was no rapid bolt for the door as the Secret Bookshop had laid on tea and biscuits! Thank you SBS! 

 Waterloo Room Evening Talk - June 6th

There was a near capacity audience to hear the life and antics of Lady Hamilton, renowned mistress of Lord Nelson. We were asked before the talk started if we thought Lady Hamilton's long affair with his lordship harmed his reputation; most thought not. We were asked the same question again at the end of the talk now knowing much more detail of her life, it's ups and downs, much more of her personality and the society of her day. The result was much the same! We are, of course, much more used to scandal in high places these days.


This year's Art Show was a great success with many visitors over the three days and who came and viewed and purchased pictures and various objects d'art, as well as enjoying tea and coffee with a slice of good home made cake or a scone, cream and jam.

Just over £1,000 was raised for The Manor Trust which will go towards the heavy up keep costs of the Waterloo Room. For example the trustees are planning internal redecoration (the need is obvious to those who spot these things!), and that doesn't come cheap. For example, many of our supporters are surprised to find we cannot reclaim VAT on the bills for redecoration work.

Our first Coffee Morning with Books held in the Waterloo Room was very well attended and friends and supporters came from far and near to enjoy the coffee, the cakes and biscuits, the conversations and browsing and purchasing a good read to take home from the Secret Bookshop. We thank you all for your support.
The funds raised all go to help with the running of the Manor Trust which in 2017 means very largely going towards the upkeep and some strucural work on the Waterloo Room itself and the Grade II 'Star' Listed main building 'The Elms.'
Our hearty thanks go to Nigel and Wendy Gossop, Margaret Stanger and Jill Munden for putting on this first event.

Saturday 4th February 2017


Michelle Magorian's talk proved very popular and the event was a great success. The Waterloo Room was filled and the afternoon went so very well people stayed and chatted which was pleasing from the trust's aims to increase the community's awareness of itself.   
There were a lot of new local people, some of who had lived in Bedhampton for a long time but had never been to vist our talks before, so that was good
The New Look Waterloo Room
With very many grateful thanks to our very active supporting organisation, The Secret Bookshop, its proprietors Nigel and Wendy Gossop were able to gift to the trust a complete set of new folding tables with fine light oak wooden tops and sturdy folding legs to replace the heavy old tables that had been accumated over the years.
This means that the increasing use of the Waterloo Room for a variety of functions will be much more readily practical as the trust is also acquiring a set of stacking upholstered chairs, many purchased by gifts from our supporters, for which the trustees are very grateful as well.

Here we see the presentational view with the damask table covers kindly donated by a supporter, who wsihes to remain anonymous, and the tables laid ready for the Thursday Luncheon Club, which is enjoyed by up to 25 elderly locals every week; a two course freshly cooked luncheon for a very modest contribution followed by a cup of tea!

News - January 2017

Manor Trust Governing Committee
The Governing Committee meets monthly at The Elms.

The trustees are pleased to welcome supporters with suitable experience, perhaps in business, to be considered to join the Governing Committee as advisors. If you are interested in helping the charity in its work and you think you may have suitable experience, such as, but not exclusively, running an SME (including a Care Home or Nursing Home), or experience with charity work or HR work then please contact the Trust Manager, who would arrange for you to meet the trustees.                                                                                         

Have you run a Nursing or Residential Home?
The trustees would be very pleased to hear from any person who, like our trustee Sue Maclaurin-Pratt, has experience of running a nursing or residential care home for the elderly and especially from any nurse who has experience in the field of inspection/registration of nursing or care homes for the elderly.

News - October 2015

Restoration of the Waterloo Room Tower at The Elms
The restoration of the tower was finally completed on Saturday 10th October by putting the finishing touches to the painting of the moulds and features in white.

On Friday 23rd October a small celebration of the safe and satisfactory completion of the works was held in the Waterloo Room.

An account of the whole project is available on this website's Fundraising page.









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