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About The Lady Hewley Trust

The Trust was established in 1705 by Lady Sarah Hewley with the intention of assisting “poor and godly” preachers of God’s word and their widows, along with other “godly persons in distress”. In addition, provisions were made to support the preaching of the Gospel, the education of new ministers of word and sacrament, and the support of almshouses in the city of York. On Lady Sarah’s death in 1710, her very considerable estate was left to seven Trustees in order that they might continue these objectives.

Our objectives

Today, the trust still has seven Trustees who work to maintain Lady Sarah’s charitable legacy. Since 2011, the Trust has operated under the scheme required by the Charity Commission which sets the following objectives for its charitable work:

(a) To further the religious and other charitable work of Baptist Union, Congregational Federation and United Reformed Church ministers and members, including through the proclamation of the Gospel and the promotion of preaching, with a preference for such work in areas of social and economic deprivation.

(b) To advance the education of men and women for the Baptist Union, Congregational Federation, and United Reformed Church ministries, by such means as the trustees decide including the award of grants, allowances and other financial and non-financial support.

(c) To relieve from need, hardship and distress whether by reason of poverty, age or disability, persons who are:

(i) Baptist Union, Congregational Federation and United Reformed Church ministers and their dependants

(ii) the dependants of former Presbyterian Church of England ministers

(iii) members of any Baptist Union, Congregational Federation, or United Reformed Church by such means as the trustees decide, including the award of financial and non-financial support.

(d) To relieve need, hardship and distress by:

(i) providing housing accommodation to persons who are in need and aged over 55 years and of the Protestant faith

(ii) such other charitable means for the benefit of the residents as the trustees decide.

People and places we support

In carrying out the charity’s objectives, the Trustees must give preference to places situated in and persons resident in the northern counties of England and then to other areas of England and Wales.

In practice, our work consists of four main areas:

  1. Financial support to those individuals experiencing hardship or distress who are within the scope of the charity’s objectives
  2. Financial support to ministerial students of the Baptist Union, Congregational Federation and United Reformed Churches
  3. Financial support to projects within the scope of the charity’s objectives
  4. Provision and maintenance of almshouse accommodation for 10 residents located in central York.