Thatcham Parochial Charities

About Us

What does it cost?

As a resident (not a tenant), each occupier is a licensee of the trustees and pays a weekly maintenance contribution charge (WMC)of £105 per week (2019). There is also a weekly charge for heating and hot water – currently £15 for Loundyes and John Hunt’s and £19 at Nine Shilling House. These amounts are subjected to a periodic review. Each resident is responsible for their own Council Tax. The trustees meet water rates, part electricity, the cost of a television license and insurance of furniture and effects to the value of £15,000.

They also pay the landline rental of the telephone and provision of the telephone which is linked to the Community Alarm System. The trustees are responsible for all servicing and repairs of water, gas and electrical installations, testing of portable electronic equipment and internal and external decorating.

How To Apply

Applications are welcomed from those who currently reside within the parishes of Thatcham, Greenham, Cold Ash and Midgham. The general age limit is 55 years plus, with most residents nearing or over the retirement age.

The Trust keeps a list of interested applicants who are assessed by the trustees. This list is reviewed regularly and priority will be given to those most in need at the time the property becomes available, not necessarily in order of application.

A key factor in the assessment of applications is that a resident must be able to look after themselves safely and to live independently, with due allowance to assistance from social services or family support.

Click here to download the application form.

Click here to download the FAQ for new applicants.

Trustees

  • Revd Mark Bennet (Team Rector, ex officio)
  • Vivien Druce (Churchwarden, ex officio)
  • Glen Peters (Churchwarden, ex officio)
  • Chris Watts (Churchwarden, ex officio)
  • Brian Wheeler (Cold Ash Parish Council Representative Trustee)
  • Chris Druce (Thatcham Parish Council Representative Trustee; Chairman)
  • Mike Cole (Thatcham Parish Council Representative Trustee)
  • Gary Puffett (Greenham Parish Council Representative Trustee)
  • Prue Fenn (Midgham Parish Council Representative Trustee)

The Trust

This is not a church charity, although the Rector and churchwardens of St. Mary’s Thatcham are ex officio trustees. The other trustees represent the parishes of Cold Ash, Greenham and Midgham and Thatcham Town Council. The ancient parish of Thatcham used to include all these areas, so they are still involved today and residents of these areas are still eligible to apply.

The trustees manage the charity under a scheme sealed by the Charity Commission in 1988 which updated earlier schemes. They have wide discretion in appointing residents and can take into account various kinds of need.

Other Facilities

The almshouses are all within a short walk of corner shops and a ten minute walk to Thatcham town centre, local doctors and dental surgeries, public halls, the library and churches.

Housing Benefit

Residents are often entitled to housing benefit. To check your entitlement contact West Berkshire Council on (01635) 519530