Westridge Studio is a former congregational chapel which was purchased by Miss Dorothy Rose Gribble, a retired actress, and patron of the Arts. This was a private venture which was subsidised by Miss Gribble, affectionately known as D.R., as she was passionate about the arts. After her death in October 2014 the Studio was bequeathed to the Village of Highclere. Her express intentions were that it be used as a centre for the Arts in all its forms. The Studio had fallen into disrepair and there was a need for investment to ensure that the Studio confromed to current health and safety standards. The Westridge Trust was formed as a Charitable Incorporated Organisaion to ensure that the future of the Studio is secure for many years to come.
The Westridge Trust
Registered Charity Number - 1169481
The Objects of the Westridge Trust Charity are:
To promote the arts and to advance education in the arts for the public benefit in particular but not exclusively at the premises (at present) known as Westridge Studio for the benefit of residents in the civil parish of Highclere and the neighbouring area (the area of benefit).
To provide facilities in the interests of social welfare for the education, recreation and other leisure-time occupations at the said premises with the aim of improving the conditions of life (including the good health and wellbeing) of those resident in the area of benefit.
In furtherance of the objects of the charity to associate together with the local residents, voluntary organisations and local authorities with the aim to maintain and manage the premises as an arts, educational and recreational facility for the benefit without distinction of gender, sexual orientation, race, age, disability or political, religious or other opinions.
To promote such other charitable purposes (charitable under English Law) as the trustees may, from time to time, determine.