North Elmham United Charities

North Elmham United Charities

Annual report from the Trustees

Charity Registration No 1062812

(Registered in name of “North Elmham Relief in Need”)

The current charity is an amalgamation of several old and small charities from the village. 

They are: 

  North Elmham Fuel Lands Charity.  Circa 1830

  Robert Shettles Charity. Circa 1609

  John Culling Charity  Before 1786

  Peter Johnson’s Charity. Circa 1833

  Gooch’s Charity. (3/50ths of)  Circa 1634


Martin Phillips (Chairman)  Appointed May 2011

Paul Grainger                      Appointed November 2019

Jennie Borgnis Appointed May 2015


Charitable Objects

  1. Relieving generally or individually persons resident in the parish of North Elmham who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress by making grants of money or providing or paying for items, services or facilities calculated to reduce the need, hardship or distress of such persons.
  2. The trustees may pay for such items, services or facilities by way of donations or subscriptions to institutions or organisations which provide or undertake in return to provide such items, services or facilities for such persons.
  3. In exceptional cases the trustees may grant relief to persons otherwise eligible therefore who are resident immediately outside the said parish but in the opinion of the trustees ought nevertheless for sufficient reason to be treated therein or who are located for the time being within the parish.



  • General charitable purposes


  • Children / Young people
  • Elderly / Old people


  • Makes grants to individuals
  • Makes grants to organisations


  • Norfolk


Current formula for grants                                                                                                  

Over the past year we have received complaints from several parishioners that the Charities handouts have wandered from the ideals of those registered with the Charity Commission.  Many people over the last few years have therefore received payments that were not justified under these ideals, which are for payments to be made to:

“Elderly or Old persons, resident in the parish of North Elmham, who are in conditions of NEED, HARDSHIP or DISTRESS.”

Charitable payments are not designed to be given to people as a matter of right, just because they are over 65 or have lived in the village all their lives.

The Trustees have therefore attempted to formulate a framework to try and give the payments to the people who would most benefit from them.  We wanted the charity money to be distributed fairly to those who needed it most. The guidelines were to consider payment to be made to parishioners as follows:

  • People who have lived in the Village for a number of years
  • Who are over 65
  • Who live on their own
  • And who have no source of income other than a State Pension

The Trustees know that changing the old distribution list would upset a few people.  We apologise if we have.  Also, by using the Elmham News to ask people to apply for the payments if they fell within the guidelines, we were able to add a few worthy recipients to the list that had previously not been considered. 

There maybe exceptions to the distribution guidelines and we may not have got it right yet.  But we are trying.  If you have any further comments or, if you know of someone who would benefit from a future charitable gift, please contact the Trustees with their details.

For and on behalf of The Trustees

North Elmham United Charity


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