St Mary’s Frensham Trust

Registered Charity No. 284613


During the past 39 years St Mary’s Frensham Trust has made 577 donations to 169 different charities nominated by the parishioners of Frensham and Dockenfield, giving over £85,000 to good causes. From small beginnings, the value of the Trust’s investments has grown to more than £114,000 enabling the investment income of £4,722 to be distributed to 14 worthy charities in 2020. 

Since 1982 the Trust has supported work amongst the sick, the lonely, the poor and the homeless. Parishioners have applied to the Trust to receive funding to support charities close to their own hearts. These have ranged from small local groups to large international aid agencies. To mark the Millennium, additional fund-raising was made for WaterAid and now money is donated every year to support their vital work in bringing clean water to people around the world.


The capital held within the Trust has built up from individual donations, legacies, fund-raising events, investment growth and Gift-Aid rebates.  In accordance with the Trust Deed, gifts are added to capital and all charitable donations are made out of investment income.  This growing investment income provides a steady stream of funding to be donated to other charities.

Additional donations and legacies are most welcome, to increase the Trust’s giving in future years.  Please use Gift Aid where possible.  Gift Aid details are available from the Trustees.


The Trust was set up by the late Mr S E Blackstone CBE.  It acts as a caring arm of the parish, by funding outward giving with zero administrative costs.  To preserve its close connection with the church, the Trustees are appointed by the Parochial Parish Council (PCC).  It is established in perpetuity by a Trust Deed.  Anyone registered on the Frensham and Dockenfield church electoral roll may nominate a suitable charity for a donation by the Trustees.

To use the Trust, simply contact one of the Trustees and write in with your Charity nomination.  Please enclose some of your chosen Charity’s literature showing their work, and ideally include their latest accounts and Charity Number.  The Trustees meet in late Autumn to approve the annual grant donations.  A cheque from the trust is then sent to the sponsor of each Charity, who forwards it directly to the Charity.  In this way sponsors and charity recipients are brought together without any administrative costs. Please do use the trust.  To everyone who would like to see our Church show that it has a real part to play in spreading the love of God in our world, please come forward and ask for our help.

Charities Service


2020 will go down in history as one of the most challenging years that the whole of humanity has had to face since World War II. The enemy this time was not human but microscopic. It’s devastating and deadly effects have upturned everyone’s lives and caused an economic dilemma which will carry on through 2021 and beyond. It has been and still is a dark time.

In the midst of this darkness every aspect of every person’s life, business and charitable giving has been profoundly tested. Sadly, the charities that support vulnerable and disadvantaged people through hard times like these, have also been severely hit financially and many have had to reduce or even stop their provision due to lack of funds. The financial shortfall of charities is unsurprising due to redundancies, the furlough scheme, health problems needing extended time off sick, and other physical and mental reasons. The present charities’ crisis is dire but there is light and hope.

In the Benefice of Frensham, we can shine a light into that darkness because we have a ‘charity that supports charities’ – St Mary’s Frensham Trust. Charitable giving is an essential responsibility and action of the Church as it is concerned with Christ’s purpose of restoring the provision of love and care, connexion, health and equity – all essentials for a fair and balanced life. Mutually participating in that restoration, and supporting charities that facilitate this, is at the Church’s heart and a key Biblical foundational duty.

St. Mary’s Frensham Trust supports local, national and international charities that are nominated by those on our church electoral roll, who have a passion and connexion with those charities and the service they provide. Due to the careful investment and management of its capital funds, St Mary’s Frensham Trust can confidently and reassuringly continue to give grants to many and diverse charities, even through especially demanding times.

This year when the church itself as a charity has been financially challenged, it is an utter joy that the Benefice of Frensham’s almsgiving to charities has not succumbed or merely prevailed, but triumphed.

It is the Trustees’ privilege and delight to share funds from this ‘charity that supports charities’, knowing that through its Christian foundations, it will remain efficient, robust and faithful to its original covenant aims of giving generously, through thick and thin.


March 2021



The following charities were supported in 2020:-

Camp and Trek (1075478)

Cancer Research UK (1089464)

CHIKS (1076469)

CRIBS International (1173021)

CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) (1050845)

ERIC (1002424)

HIRN (Hebron Int Resources Network) Amos Trust

Helen Arkell (1064646)

Make a Wish (295672)

Pestalozzi (1098422)

Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care (264501)

The Vine Day Centre (1095915)

Water Aid (288701)

XLP (1101095)


Chairman:  David Millais, Silverwood, Crosswater Lane, Churt, Farnham GU10 2JN (01252) 794808

Secretary:  Christine Allingham. Tytherley, The Street, Dockenfield, Farnham GU10 4HX (01252) 795650

Treasurer:  Tim Legge, Tilford House Farm, Tilford Road, Tilford, Farnham GU10 2BX (01252) 901303

Peter James (01252) 793133       Mark Vardy  (01252) 792997

The Reverend Jane Walker (01252) 792137       Jane Wood (01252) 795627