Welcome to the Summerfield Charitable Trust
The Summerfield Charitable Trust was established by Ronald Summerfield, a Cheltenham antique dealer, shortly before his death in 1989.
During 2021 we paid 34 grants totalling £259,516 to a wide variety of good causes throughout Gloucestershire, ranging from small grants of £500, to larger grants of £30,000. Read More
Summerfield Charitable Trust Grant Strategy 2022
Like many grant-giving Trusts, our income from investments has fallen, leaving less money for Summerfield to distribute. We want to ensure that the Summerfield Charitable Trust is able to continue to support good causes in the future, with its unique focus on Gloucestershire charities.
As the income we have to distribute to charities has been reduced, we have decided to have a particular focus to our grant giving and will be awarding a smaller than usual number of grants. We anticipate that most of our grants will be under £10,000, with only one or two larger grants per year. Please read the "What We Fund" section for more details.
We have reduced the number of grant meetings from four to three per year. The Summerfield Charitable Trust will no longer award an annual grant to the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust. The Summerfield Charitable Trust will also not accept applications from individual churches until further notice.
Trustees will review this strategy by the end of 2022
The first face to face Trustee meeting in 2021 held at Robinswood Hill Country Park owned by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.
At the end of 2020 the Trust sadly had to bid farewell to James Millar who had been a committed and enthusiastic Trustee for the ten previous years.
Antonia Shield then joined the Summerfield Board in November 2020. Antonia is Managing Partner of BPE Solicitors in Cheltenham having previously spent 10 years heading up the firm’s large property team. Antonia has undertaken a wide range of commercial property work throughout her career including development and regeneration projects. Antonia did her first degree in Architectural History and she remains passionate about the built environment both historic and contemporary, enjoys art, antiques and gardening.
“After careful consideration The Trust are pleased to announce that we have moved our investments to Sarasin and Partners because the Trustees were impressed by their ethical policy”
Sarasin and Partners have an exclusionary ethical policy in place for the Summerfield Charitable Trust details of this policy can be found in the Sarasin Guide to Ethical Exclusions accessible via the Sarasin & Partners website.
You can read a summary of the policy on our news page by clicking here
New Chair of the Trustees
As of the 1st January 2020 we are pleased to announce that David Owen will be the Chair of Trustees taking over from Edward Gillespie who retired as chair at the end of December 2019.
For the last twenty years David has worked in Gloucestershire, first as Director of Enterprise and Innovation at the University of Gloucestershire and now as Chief Executive of GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership. He is currently a director of Gloucestershire Voluntary & Community Sector Alliance and Gloucestershire Enterprise Limited and is a member of the International Advisory Group of the Economic Development Council.
Click on the video below to view a history of grants paid
The government (DCMS) has published a list of the 2021 Queens Award for Voluntary Services.
You can view the full list here
There were 6 awards to Gloucestershire charities:
Charlie's Community Support & Therapy Centre Supporting anyone affected by cancer in Gloucestershire including their families and carers.
Cotswold Friends Providing services to reduce loneliness and support independent living for older and at-risk people.
Gloucestershire Bundles Providing emergency assistance to families and individuals in crisis.
Mindsong Helping people with dementia to be creative, participate and live well through communal singing.
The Cotswold Canals Trust Regenerating a 36-mile canal corridor, engaging communities and reviving heritage and wildlife.
Warmley Men in Sheds Enabling social support to men at risk of loneliness while creating products for other communities.
These are all excellent charities and we all congratulate them on their deserved success.
The Music Works in Gloucester has just been awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise for promoting opportunity through social mobility”
Action on Plastic a charity previously supported by Summerfield, has produced the following website: www.actiononplastic.org. PLEASE READ to find simple ways to cut down plastic coming into one’s house/life/family etc. !
The Barnwood Trust has just launched an important piece of research into opportunities and housing for disabled people and people with mental health challenges.
They are inviting disabled people and people with mental health challenges living in Gloucestershire (aged 18+) to take part in a survey to help them understand the barriers and challenges people are experiencing in the county and what Barnwood might do to help. The findings of the survey will directly inform the projects and activities Barnwood undertakes in 2021 and beyond.
You can find the online version of the survey and all of the information relating to it here: https://www.barnwoodtrust.org/opportunities-housing-survey/ and you can share this link with anyone you think might be interested in taking part.
The survey can be filled in online, by post, or over the phone. The webpage also has links to information sheets which we’d like anyone taking part to read beforehand. The deadline date for this is April 20th 2021.
If you have any questions about taking part in the research, including taking part a different format, please contact Roz Warden (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01242 539935 or 07912 788340).