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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.


The charities exist to provide assistance to residents of the civil parish of East Woodhay, either in need or in sickness. However, in these times ‘need’ becomes harder to quantify, and those in need are often reluctant to ask for help, so if you know of anyone who would benefit from either charity please encourage them, or help them, to apply.  

All applications for assistance will, of course, be treated sensitively and confidentially. 

There are three types of grant available:

General hardship grants up to £500, or £1000 in exceptional circumstances

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

Winter fuel grants up to £200

Grant applications can be made at any time, but winter fuel and book grants will be allocated annually at the trustees’ autumn meeting. 

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.

The closing date for applications for 2022 is 31st October 2022.