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The Trustees and Governing Committee appreciate your interest in this charity and your support for the work that it does. We are extremely grateful to all our supporters for your involvement, contributions and donations.

We are delighted to see some volunteer lead activities being held in the Waterloo Room once again.

Events in 2024.

The Manor Trust Summer Fair

Saturday 3rd August 1.00pm - 4.00pm

If the weather is good the event will be held outside in the garden, if not we will be in the Waterloo Room. 

A traditional afternoon in a beautiful historic setting. Enjoy browsing the stalls - plants, books, homemade cakes & preserves, raffle & tombola. Refreshements will also be available.

Adults - £1.00 Children Free             

An Afternoon Talk 
by Nigel Gossop 

Portsmouth & Arundel Canal 

Saturday 14th September
at 2.30pm
Booking is Essential  Admission is Free

Heritage Open Day
Sunday 15th September 10am-4pm

Portsmouth & Arundel Canal Display
Free Admission

An Evening Talk
''The Creativity of Gertrude Jekyll''
by Jane Glennie

The talk is on Tuesday 1st October 2024 at 7.30pm in The Waterloo Room, The Elms, 2 Lower Road, Bedhampton. Tickets are £5.00 each available from the Trust Manager on 023 9248 4444 or email:

An Evening Talk 
''Fishermania'' The Celebrated Kitty Fisher by Dr Bob France

The talk is on Tuesday 12th November 2024 at 7.30pm in The Waterloo Room, The Elms, 2 Lower Road, Bedhampton.Tickets are £5.00 each available from the Trust Manager on 023 9248 4444 or email:

Regular Events in the Waterloo Room

The Elms Cafe

Our Cafe is held on the second Tuesday of the month from 10am to 12noon in the Waterloo Room. Everyone is welcome and it is a great place to meet and make new friends. The Elms Library of pre-loved books will be open and there's always coffee, tea and a delicious selection of cakes on offer.
There's no need to book in advance, please just come along. The Cafe is run by volunteers and you will be made to feel very welcome.

The Thursday Luncheon Club

This club meets at 12 noon in the Waterloo Room to enjoy a freshly cooked 2-course meal followed by tea or coffee, all for a modest sum.
The club is a happy gathering of retired people living locally, who come together to enjoy lunch and each others company. The Trust's residents are also invited to come and enjoy these excellent meals, all prepared and served by volunteers.
If you would like to find out more or book a place please contact the Trust Manager.


How would  you like to be a Trustee?

It is important that the charity has new blood serving as trustees from time to time. Trustees see the Manor Trust survives as a thriving meaningful charity, and that all the money supporters have donated now and over the years is efficiently and correctly managed. 
Trustees are volunteers and are appointed by the membership at an AGM, but can also be initially appointed by the Board to serve in the interim until confirmed by the membership at the next AGM. The AGM traditionally is held at the end of April or the beginning of May when the prevous year's accounts are known.Trustees are unpaid. They serve for a term, usually 3 years, but can offer themselves for re-election at an AGM. From 1st January this new year there will be just 3 trustees, of whom 2 are due to stand down when their term ends at the next AGM unless they offer themselves for re-election. The date of the next AGM can only be speculative at the moment, but it has to be within 15 months of the previous AGM, although the 2020 AGM was exceptionally late due to Cpovid-19. Hopefully the anti-Covid vaccinations will return life back to something more normal soon.





Care of  the Grade II* Listed Building that is The Elms and Waterloo Room is part of the purpose of the Manor Trust
and the Trustees next task is to attend to the roof where most needed and then redecorate the very special interior of this Regency Banqueting Hall.
This double aspect project is likely to take some time but we hope to start next spring or early summer

If you would like to make a donation towards the cost for this work 

Please click  Waterloo Room Roof Appeal

P lease remember to state your donation is for the Waterloo Room Fund and if you wish, you can Gift Aid your donation that increases the value by 25%. Thank you. 

We will be 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.

Supporters are those who donate and some give regularly, and some just give in response to an appeal for a special project of the Trustees,
Some give by attending the fund raising events and donate by spending on the day. 
Both Volunteers and Supporters 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.


Due to bad weather our 2023 Summer Fair was held indoors. The event was still a great success with £1,026.29 being raised. Thank you to everyone who came along to suppot the event and to all our volunteers for helping to run the event. Thank you for your continued support.

Thank you to all our volunteers and supporters for making the Christmas 2022 events so successful.


Christmas Fair 2022

Heritage Open Day 2022


This year's Open Day was all about how Bedhampton used to look in times gone past, and admirably depicted in many watercolours by Col. Fawkes, a prevous owner of The Elms, William Grant and other artists.

The event was organised by The Manor Trust's 'Bedhampton Historial Collection' (BHC)  - which is run entirely by volunteers. The event was a great success with many visitors coming to see the exibition and enjoy the refreshments.

The BHC's Heritage Open Day, put on annually around the middle of September has never had so many visitors.
The display was breath-taking and awe inspiring for those who are roused by seeing their Bedhampton not as of today, but as it was all those years ago.

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


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.


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 

The Garden Party

 Visit the stalls and take afternoon tea
and indulge in Raffle Tickets for the many prizes


T he stalls are stocked amd managed by our visitors and volunteers.  Usually around 150 visitors come to the party, making it a memorable afternoon.


The popular Bric-a-Brac Stall

The first stall on the list for some ...

The party offers 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.  Many people enjoy tea and cakes on the  lawn in the garden of The Elms. 

Havant MP and Manor Trust Vice-President Alan Mak attends

The Manor Trust would like to thank everyone who supports the annual Manor Trust Garden Party.   

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