Chipstead is proud of the wide range of charities we support. A considerable amount of money is raised every year for the benefit of the community at large.
The Lord Marshall Settlement
Registered Charity No 288695
This village charity was established in 1923 when Lord Marshall of Shabden, Lady Tritton and various others resident in Chipstead joined forces and provided a house on the High Road for Nurse Smith, the District Nurse. Their initiative ensured that local residents received nursing care before the existence of the National Health Service.
The property was sold when Nurse Smith died and the proceeds of sale were held in Trust with the purposes of providing 'for the nursing or relief of the sick and needy in the Parish of Chipstead and adjoining Parishes'.
Today, the Trustees provide financial assistance, by way of grants, to enable sick and disadvantaged residents to remain in their own homes and to improve the quality of life of others within the community.
Substantial grants have been awarded to purchase a special bed to facilitate the nursing of an incapacitated resident, a stair lift for another, towards the adaptation of a private residence for a resident requiring renal dialysis, towards the provision of access and toilet facilities for the disabled at the Peter Aubertin Hall. In addition the Trust has awarded numerous smaller grants for the purchase/rental of Lifeline telephone systems, a mattress, a computer for a disabled child, aids to assist in home nursing care, taxi fares for visits to hospitals and the occasional shopping trips for largely housebound persons.
The grants are not means tested but the Trustees like to be satisfied of genuine need by either an individual or a community. The catchment area has until now included Chipstead, Hooley, Mugswell but the Trustees have more recently extended the area to include Netherne and Woodmansterne.
APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS should be addressed to The Trustees of the Lord Marshall Settlement, c/o Elmore, High Road, Chipstead CR5 3SB.
Introducing the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is a registered charity that provides a 24-hour on-call search and rescue service out to 100 miles from the coast, the tidal reaches of the River Thames, selected inland waterways and seasonal lifeguard services on various beaches in the south and south west of England. The RNLI is independent from Government and relies exclusively on voluntary contributions and legacies for its income.
The Chipstead Branch of the RNLI
The Chipstead Branch of the RNLI was formed in 1985 and has 4 main events each year: a house to house collection in March, a collection outside Sainsbury's in May, a stall at the Flower Show in July and a Quiz Night or similar fun evening in the autumn.
How to Support the RNLI
The most practical ways of supporting the RNLI are by having a collection box at home for your loose change and by helping during the house to house and Sainsbury's collections. There are also various adult membership schemes and one for children. In addition, you can make a donation at any time, or make a legacy in your Will that leaves money – tax-free - to the RNLI.
Contacts for More Information
If you feel you are able to help in any way, please contact Roger Hutchings (Chairman) on 01737 833321 or Anthony Spooner (Secretary) on 01737 552 531. Alternatively, contact the RNLI headquarters on 0845 122 6999, email [email protected] or visit www.rnli.org.uk.
The NSPCC was first introduced in Chipstead in the 1950's and has grown from small beginnings into a highly successful fund-raising concern. The Charity began with holding coffee mornings and house-to-house collections. There were some talented members of the Committee who were good with a needle and before long they held Bring and Buy coffee mornings. This led to greater things with the famous Christmas Bazaars that raised a lot of money. The fundraisers worked very hard and were always on the look out for lovely materials 'going cheap' or being 'given away' so that they could make cushions and other handcrafted items. On one occasion a committee member was up until 3.30 am on the morning of the Bazaar stuffing the last of her cushions - they all sold!
With new members joining the Committee there were even more events being organised including fashion shows, dinner dances, cookery & flower arranging demonstrations and Easter Food Fairs. The Committee also produced a very popular cookbook still being used today.
Times have changed and we now hold two Bridge Drives a year in March and November which are extremely popular. The guests meet for coffee and homemade biscuits before the start of play. Later a delicious two-course lunch is served with a glass of wine and then the play continues. With a raffle and varied stalls the amount raised is usually around £1,600. We hold a Summer Luncheon in a local garden, this event has always been well supported and the weather has usually been very kind to us.
Every December, for more years than we can say, we join the Coulsdon Rotary Club Christmas Float. A 'volunteer' Father Christmas joins the many youngsters who come and help. They enjoy knocking on doors and inviting everyone to come out and see Father Christmas. It is lovely to see the excitement on the younger children's faces.
The NSPCC is a worthwhile charity and we, as a local committee, enjoy working towards their fundraising.
We are always looking for new members and ideas for events. If you feel that you would like to help or be involved in any way please ring our Chairman, Wendy Vaughan - telephone no. 01737 553348.