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Our story

The Abel-Smith family crest The Lionel Abel-Smith Trust (formerly Wendover Community Trust) is a registered charity that was set up to provide financial assistance to the residents and organisations of the Parish of Wendover and the Moor Park estate with the aim of improving the lives and wellbeing of people in the community.

The Trust was created in December 1977 by the Lord of the Manor of Wendover, Lionel Abel-Smith, to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. His family had been the principal landowners in Wendover from the 1790s and, with great generosity, Mr Abel-Smith gave cottages and a substantial cash endowment to found the Trust. He said then that he wished to create something for the benefit of Wendover and its inhabitants.

As a result, since 1977 the Trust has been able to award almost £2 million in grants to individuals and organisations in our community.

“Thanks to the incredible generosity of Lionel Abel-Smith Esq., the people of Wendover will greatly benefit for generations to come, long after we have all gone.”

Tony Mogford MBE (Patron)

Today, the Trust is conscious of its responsibilities in terms of supporting everyone in the community from all backgrounds with inclusivity and accessibility at the core of our organisation. We also take the monitoring of our own environmental impact seriously. The properties in the Trust’s care all have energy-efficient insulation, responsible investment of Trust funds, and we have been paperless for the last 3 years for our AGMs.

The Trust organisation

The Chair and Trustees of The Lionel Abel-Smith Trust all have strong links to Wendover and are active community members.

Dr Gwen Williams

Dr Gwen Williams (Chair)

Steven Bishop

Steven Bishop

Sheila Bulpett

Cllr Sheila Bulpett

Marion Clayton

Marion Clayton

Bob Duggan

Bob Duggan

Angela German

Angela German (Clerk)

Wendy Gray

Wendy Gray

Caroline Harrington

Caroline Harrington

John Mayhead CBE

John Mayhead CBE

Glenys Newman

Glenys Newman (Hon. Trustee)

Sarah Potter

Sarah Potter

Our meetings

The Annual General Meeting of the Trust takes place in April each year and considers the applications for grants that have been received. Other applications are considered throughout the year. The minutes of the meetings are available to view in Wendover Library or via the links below…

The Trust’s Accounts can also be viewed in Wendover Library or at the Charity Commission website.

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