The George Fentham Trust Strategy 2018-2028


The George Fentham Trust is a charity supporting residents within the Parish of Hampton-in-Arden. What is commonly referred to as just the George Fentham Trust is made up of:

  • George Fentham Hampton-In-Arden Charity (main charity)
  • George Fentham Hampton-In-Arden Endowed Charity
  • Educational Foundation of George Fentham, Hampton-in-Arden

 The purpose of this document is to outline some of the history of the charity, to detail its current activities and to describe its long-term vision and strategy for the next 10 years.

George Fentham

George Fentham was born in Hampton-in-Arden in 1630 and baptised in the church that year.  In 1690 he made his will which contains the following provisions:

  • ‘I give and appoint one Annuity….. of thirty pounds… twenty pounds thereof to be paid half yearly… such person (who) shall be appointed to…lawfully teach school in Hampton…such male children of the inhabitants of the Parish of Hampton and especially the Poorer sort of them….’
  • ‘Five pounds of the Annuity (to be) distributed to…ten such of the poorest families inhabiting…..the same Parish’
  • ‘Five pounds…for the setting to and placing out in Apprenticeship some such son of some such poor inhabitant of the Parish of Hampton …in and to such honest and handicraft Trade as….the Male Copyholders shall from time to time agree on’
  • ‘I do hereby give and appoint all the residue of my estate shall be….divided into two equal parts…and the profits of one of the same equal parts shall be for ever…..employed in and for the relief and maintenance of such poor inhabitants of Hampton aforesaid’
  • ‘Provided always that the Idle and Vitious….who…..within one year before shall have had or received…within the space of one year…any parochial relief….shall not any immediate benefit or relief by any thing in this my will….of this I desire my said trustees to have and take a particular care for it is my intention that the honest Laborious and Industrious be relieved and comforted….’
  • ‘….Any other part of my estate…for any charitable use within the aforesaid Parish of Hampton…’

George Fentham was buried on 4th March 1698 at St Martin’s, Birmingham.

Charitable Objects

The George Fentham Trust exists to implement the wishes of George Fentham. For over three hundred years the Trustees have managed and invested his legacy which has supported many worthwhile projects within the area of benefit and has perpetuated the name of George Fentham. The area of benefit is defined and documented as the parish of Hampton-In-Arden as constituted on the 23rd December 1907.

As the three charities that comprise the Trust are effectively run as one, this document is based on the objects of the main charity. These are set out below.

Objects of the Charity

  1. The provision and maintenance of a village hall for use by the inhabitants of the area of benefit without distinction of political, religious or other opinions, including use for:
    a)        Meetings, lectures and classes, and
    b)        Other forms of recreational and leisure time occupation,
    with the object of improving the conditions of life for the inhabitants.
    c)        The land identified in part 1 of the schedule to this scheme must be retained by the trustee for use for the purpose of a village hall
  2. a)        the provision of housing accommodation for housing beneficiaries; and
    b)        such charitable purposes for the benefit of the residents as the trustees decide
    c)        The land identified in part 2 of the schedule to this scheme must be retained by the trustees for use for housing beneficiaries.
  3. a)        The Trustees may relieve persons in need by:
    i)         making grants of money to them
    ii)        providing or paying for goods, services or facilities for them; or
    iii)       making grants of money to other persons or bodies who provide goods, services or facilities for those in need.
    b)        In exceptional cases the trustees may decide to assist someone (who is otherwise qualified) who is:
    i)         resident outside the area of benefit, or
    ii)        only temporarily resident in the area of benefit
  4. The general benefit of the inhabitants of the area of benefit in such charitable ways as the trustees think fit.

Historic Strategy

Although there is no document which sets this out there have been themes running through the Trustees’ decisions since at least the middle of the 19th Century.  These have been:

  • To provide educational support (e.g. grants to the school, students and pre-school)
  • To help with the provision of housing for those in need (e.g. Almshouses)
  • To acquire any land which adjoins the village so as to protect it against development (e.g. Marsh Lane, Diddington Lane)
  • To provide support for elderly inhabitants (e.g. Day club, care worker)
  • To support the Sports Club and many other village institutions and societies

Current Activities

The current activities of the charity are outlined below and relate to the four main objects of the charity.

  1. The charity provides and maintains a village hall comprising two function rooms and a large kitchen with a caretaker living in close proximity. The hall is available to everyone but those living in the village are prioritised and village organisations may receive preferential rates. It is regularly used by various village clubs and societies (social, recreational, cultural and educational) and for events (e.g. coffee mornings and lunches for elderly residents, weddings and other social and charitable functions).
  1. The charity provides and maintains a number of almshouses at reasonable rents for elderly residents with a warden living in close proximity. The following are offered to residents of the almshouses as well as to other elderly residents in the village:
    1. Social events e.g. fortnightly coffee mornings, fortnightly lunches, occasional outings to places of interest
    2. Short-term respite or recovery at a Lady Katherine Leveson care home
  1. The charity provides grants, goods, services or facilities to those in need in the village and to other organisations that also address those needs. For example:
    1. Christmas hampers to elderly residents
    2. Pensions to elderly residents
    3. A care worker for elderly residents
    4. Grants to clubs and societies (e.g. social, sporting, historical, art and music, charitable etc)
    5. Grants to individuals e.g. to pursue educational interests or hobbies
  1. The charity undertakes a number of activities for the general benefit of the village. For example:
    1. It provides support for the School and Pre-School, primarily by way of grants.
    2. It supports the Sports Club.
    3. It provides and maintains a number of buildings and recreational facilities for the village e.g. arboretum, pond, meeting room etc.
    4. It rents office accommodation to the parish council
    5. It has acquired land around the village to maintain its identity and to prevent over-development.

Future Strategy

The charity aims to implement the wishes of its founder, as set out in his will, bearing in mind the principles espoused therein and interpreting these as far as possible in current economic and social circumstances. The charity’s long-term vision and its strategy for the next ten years is described below.


The charity’s long-term vision is to enable the village of Hampton in Arden and its residents to thrive and to assist those in need at all stages in their lives by:

  • Providing excellent facilities and support for the nurture and education of children and young adults
  • Providing housing and support for the elderly and those in need
  • Providing care, as far as possible, for elderly or unwell parishioners within the village so that they are not forced to move elsewhere
  • Enabling the continuation/extension of local medical provision within the village by the provision of appropriate premises
  • Enabling the provision of high quality sporting, cultural, educational and social activities
  • Providing recreational facilities such as a village hall, an arboretum and a pond
  • Maintaining the identity and promoting the cohesion of the village and protecting it against over-development in perpetuity

Goals and Objectives

The charity aims to realise this vision through the achievement of a number of goals and objectives.

1. Maintain and develop homes and other village assets that assist those in need and enhance the lives of all residents

  1. Provide a village hall and meeting room
  2. Provide almshouses for older people who either live in the village or have a strong local connection
  3. Employ a caretaker for the village hall and a warden for the almshouses
  4. Develop or acquire additional affordable homes for residents or those with a strong local connection
  5. Contribute to any capital works required to maintain or improve the school
  6. Provide premises, as appropriate, to enable the continuation and/or extension of local medical provision within the village
  7. Provide recreational facilities such as the arboretum and pond


2. Provide services that promote the health and well-being of residents, particularly older residents and those in need

  1. Contribute to the funding of a part-time care worker
  2. Provide a Day Club for older residents that offers regular events such as lunches as well as ad-hoc events such as theatre visits
  3. Loan equipment such as wheelchairs to those in need
  4. Enable residents to have respite care for short periods in a local home
  5. Provide ad-hoc gifts that enhance the quality of life of residents e.g. Christmas hampers


3. Provide discretionary grants that enable the provision of a high-quality education for younger residents, that relieve hardship especially amongst older residents and that enable educational, sporting, social and cultural activities

  1. Provide grants to educational providers e.g. the school and pre-school as appropriate
  2. Provide bursaries to students going into further education or apprenticeships as appropriate
  3. Provide pensions to older residents in need
  4. Provide grants to non-profit making clubs, societies and organisations as appropriate
  5. Provide grants to individuals as appropriate


4. Protect the identity and nature of the village

  1. Acquire and maintain land within and surrounding the village to protect its identity and prevent over-development
  2. Be a responsible land owner and landlord


5. Maintain the strength and sustainability of the organisation

  1. Invest prudently in land, buildings, financial products and markets
  2. Spend money wisely and ensure value for money
  3. Ensure the charity complies with all laws and regulations
  4. Be a responsible employer
  5. Demonstrate good governance and act ethically at all times