Stockman & Woodlands Trust

If you are aware of anyone in Downton or Redlynch who needs assistance, or you need some help yourself, the Stockman & Woodlands Trust may be just what you are looking for.  The purpose of the Trust is to help people living in the parishes of Downton and Redlynch who are in need, hardship or distress by paying for items, services or facilities.  Every year the Trustees, from the parishes of Downton and Redlynch, distribute the dividends of the charities to deserving causes with the emphasis on the young and old. 

Recently the charity has given money towards

  • Contribution towards the cost of a school residential trip.

  • Help for a single parent towards the cost of buying school uniform.

  • Music lessons for a child.

  • Help with funding speech therapy for a child.

  • Contribution towards travel costs for patients/relatives making frequent hospital visits.

  • Plants distributed at Christmas to parishioners who are grieving the loss of someone during the year.

The William Stockman Charity was founded in 1626 when William Stockman of Downton left his property, Shadwell Farm in Whiteparish, in trust, directing that the rent should be distributed amongst the poor with children. The John Woodlands Charity was founded in 1881 when he left monies in his will for the benefit of ‘old men’ and ‘spinsters and widows’. Together these charities now form the Stockman and Woodlands Trust.

If you know of someone who would benefit from the charity's assistance, please ring in the first instance (in confidence) the Secretary - Gillian Ely 510893/ 07899 952479