Charitable Trusts

Sports and Recreation Trust

In1996, the Sports and Recreation Trust formed as a charitable trust to provide sports and recreation facilities for the village. Member organisations included: Stoke Band, The Bowls Club, Stoke Football Club, Cricket Club, the Parish Council and Stoke Associated Youth (the organisation covering the voluntary village youth club).

The key focus is the provision of sports and recreation facilities in the village. An initial key focus was the provision of a league sized football pitch and a new clubhouse pavilion on the large Recreation Ground. The original clubhouse was destroyed in a fire and one of the early tasks for the Sports and Recreation Trust was the provision of a temporary building.

The Sports and Recreation Trust’s original fund raising sub committee was called FORT (Friends of the Recreation Trust). This has now become the May Fayre Committee and is responsible for The May Fayre and other fund raising events.

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These groups not only to raise funds for the sports pavilion project, but also provide entertainment for the community. The provision of sports and recreation facilities for the village is a large programme of work and volunteers are always welcome to help with the Trust and especially with the activities of the May Fayre Committee.

With the full support of the Duchy of Cornwall, the District and Parish Councils and the Sports and Recreation Trust have been able to provide a new sports pavilion and football pitch, plus equipment to maintain it.

The Trust has also provided the young people of the village with a BMX track and a skateboard park.

Triangle Trust

Contact: Jennie Harris

Phone: 01935 881718

The Triangle Trust was formally set up as a Charity in December1990. It unofficially started some four years previously following a suggestion to the Parish Council that patients’ lives could be saved by the purchase of an ECG machine for Hamdon Medical Centre. The Parish Council set about trying to raise £2,000 but within a matter of months £4,000 was raised enabling an ECG machine to be purchased along with other items for the Centre.

The aims and objects of the Charity are:

“To provide medical equipment for use by patients in their own homes or at the Stoke sub Hamdon Medical Centre and to relieve patients and former patients of Stoke sub Hamdon and other invalids in the community who are sick, convalescent, disabled infirm or in need of financial assistance and, generally, to support the work of the Triangle Trust.”

The funds to enable this work to be done are raised through the annual Christmas Bazaar and raffle and by donations from patients and also from donations following deaths.

Memorial Hall

Stoke sub Hamdon Memorial Hall is a large airy village hall located in West Street directly opposite the Fleur de Lis public house. It has good disabled access and modern toilets suitable for both able bodied and disabled users. The hall provides a venue for many activities including groups dedicated to dance and exercise, arts and crafts, gardening, short mat bowls, the village toddlers and other leisure and sporting activities. The hall is available for the general public to hire for functions and events. The pricing policy is to set fees at a level to cover the running of the hall and essential maintenance thus enabling the hall to provide an affordable, accessible facility for all those in Stoke.

The hall is developing into a venue for other events and it is hoped that it will used more frequently by performers and for film and theatre.

The facility has a kitchen area, a small committee room suitable for small gatherings, a full stage and mini grand piano. It has a large car park and is surrounded by pleasant grounds including the children’s play area, grassed areas and a basketball hoop. Facilities are provided for election ballots and counts have been held in the hall, which also provides a venue for the National Blood Transfusion Service.

The Memorial Hall is a registered charity run by a committee of volunteers, which is always looking for new members.

Working Men’s Club

Contact: Mark Greaves

Phone: 01935 822357

This is a non profit-making trust, which supports the village by holding bingo evenings, discos and dances. Facilities for AGMs and other fund raising events for the village are provided all without charge. The Club provides a Christmas lunch for the elderly and a party for village children is paid for by the Club.