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East Woodhay Charities

East Woodhay Charities

East Woodhay Charities is made up of two charities: ‘Relief in Need and ‘Relief in Sickness’.  The charities are administered by five trustees, the chairman being the Rector of the parishes of East Woodhay and Woolton Hill. The charities’ income comes from interest on investments.


Originally there were five local charities, the oldest of which was the Elizabeth Goddard Charity founded in 1732, but in 1969 a new scheme was approved resulting in the two we have today. You can read more about the history of the Charities below.

Following the investment of proceeds from the sale of charities’ land the funds available for distribution have increased, and we have reviewed the application process.  In future the trustees will meet in January and July each year, and the following deadlines for grant applications will be applied:

Book/technology grants for first year students of up to £100

These grants are for students going off to college or university for the first time. The deadline for applications will be the 30th June each year.  Applications will be considered at the July meeting.  This will enable the grants to be paid in plenty of time before the start of term.

Winter fuel grants of up to £200

These grants are for people struggling to pay their fuel bills, especially during the colder months. The deadline for applications will be the 31st December each year.  Applications will be considered at the January meeting and paid by the end of January.

General Hardship grants up to £500 (or £1000 in exceptional circumstances)

These grants are for when unexpected costs arise, causing people to find themselves in very difficult circumstances.  Because of the nature of these grants there is no deadline for applications.  Requests will be considered either at the next scheduled meeting, or between meetings if appropriate.

How to apply for a grant:

Please complete the GRANT APPLICATION FORM so that your application can be assessed.  You can download an application form below.

Application forms are also available from:   

  1. The secretary: Sue Wren,  email:, or write to 83 Harwood Rise, Woolton Hill, Newbury, Berks RG20 9XZ. 
  2. Woolton Hill Post Office and Stores
  3. Woolton Hill surgery

The application form is for individuals. Requests from local organisations will continue to be considered, requests should be sent to the secretary in writing or by email.