Charity of Thomas Brewer

THE CHARITY OF THOMAS BREWER (Registered Charity number 214205)

Our independent charity was originally formed in 1616 under the will of Thomas Brewer, a yeoman of the village. At the beginning of 2016 its aims were restricted solely to “… relieving either generally or individually persons resident in or near the parish of Winthorpe who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress …”. 400 years ago, indeed 100 years ago, it would have been easy to identify such persons in most communities. It is increasingly difficult to do so in today’s times, though the charity still retains the foregoing aim. If you, or anybody you know that resides in Winthorpe, Langford or Holme is in need of such support, please contact any one of the Trustees in complete confidence. Names of people who are considered for support are never published or disclosed to anybody other than the Trustees.

In 2016, the Trustees agreed that the aims of the charity are broadened further and these are now registered with the Charity Commission. We are now also able to “…support charitable endeavours by organisations or individuals to promote the benefit of the (residents of Winthorpe, Langford and Holme) without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race or of political, religious or other opinions”. Whilst the charity will not support the general running costs of any organisation, it will consider requests to support specific projects (endeavours) being undertaken in line with the above. If you, or your organisation intends to carry out such an endeavour and seeks our support, please download via the link to the "Charitable Endeavor Grant Application Form" below and follow the instructions and guidance to make your application. Please print the form and return it to the Secretary for consideration at the next meeting of the Trustees. Any grants actually made for projects will always be specifically identified in our annual accounts.

At the same time, the Trustees have changed the way that the charity operates regarding its governance and the provision of information for local residents. The first AGM of the charity was held on 14thSeptember 2016, exactly 400 years (plus 7 days) from the date of Thomas Brewer’s will. The Charity's current financial position can be viewed via the tab "Latest Annual Accounts" down the left hand side of this page. 

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee of the charity, please click on the link “Trustees” to see the names and contact details of the current Trustees, along with some information about how Trustees are appointed. 

Notice of future meetings and the Annual AGM will be published the the"News" section on the village Website. 


Finally, the links on this page that are grouped under the heading “OTHER ARTICLES OF INTEREST” will take you to a variety of writings from the past that we hope make interesting reading, though we cannot accept any responsibility for their content and the accuracy within (these articles were all produced many years ago). One of these links provides an extract from the will of Thomas Brewer, a benevolent man whose legacy carries on more than 400 years after his death.

Charitable Endeavour Grant app. form


Other Articles of Interest

Thomas Brewer - Yeoman

Thomas Brewer's - Will

Thomas Brewer's - Charity