Residents in Farnborough living with ill health or injury are being urged to apply for financial assistance to help alleviate their pain and discomfort.

The call comes from the WPH Charitable Trust – a Warwickshire-based body of trustees made up of medical and non-medical professionals – which distributes some £250,000 of financial aid across Coventry and Warwickshire every year.

Individuals and organisations who work towards preventing, relieving and curing ill health are also among those urged to apply.

Grants are also given to community and private projects in the area which aim to improve the lives or quality of life of people battling ill health or injury.

Recent grants include £1,500 for a mobility scooter for a 51-year-old mother who would otherwise find it difficult to get out and about, and £2,000 to a 73-year-old pensioner for a stairlift in his own home. Also, £1,500 towards a project teaching people with mental health issues how to cook and eat healthily, and £1,500 towards a recycling social enterprise project which creates volunteering opportunities for people with learning difficulties or disabilities, who may otherwise find it difficult to find employment.

The criteria for eligibility for a wide range of needs, from research into new technologies to the provision of equipment for personal need. The Trust supports new buildings for hospitals and schools helping with provision of special educational facilities, disabled funding, and access improvements.

David Holt is Chairman of the WPH Charitable Trust trustees.

He said: “Whether your application is for an amount large or small, the aim of the WPH Charitable Trust is to offer financial assistance towards projects and equipment which are of benefit to the lives of people.

“If you think you may qualify for assistance, the WPH Charitable Trust actively encourages you to get in touch.”

The Trust was established in 1994 and since then thousands of people across the area have benefited directly or indirectly from Trust funds.

For further information, or to make an application, visit the WPH Charitable Trust website on

It has come to the attention of the parish council that some parishioners (and councillors!) find it frustrating how long it can take for projects to be completed and concerns discussed by the parish council. Unfortunately the parish council is restricted by many rules and regulations that slow things down and the frustration is felt by all.

The parish council would like to try to reduce this frustration for everyone and the best way we can do this is to try to ensure that parishioners and councillors are aware of the basic rules we have to follow and try to work with them.

The main issue to be aware of is that, in order for the parish council to make a lawful decision on a proposal, it must be detailed on the agenda which must be published 3 clear days (not including Sundays and bank holidays) before the meeting. Therefore if you attend a meeting and raise an item under the public forum part of the meeting, the parish council cannot make a decision at that meeting and it would need to wait to go on the next agenda which is usually two months later. If you inform the clerk of your issue before the agenda goes out (ideally at least 5 clear days before the meeting), if the item is something that the parish council are responsible for it can go on the agenda and a decision can be made at that meeting. Some items won’t need to go on the agenda for a decision as they may have already been authorised earlier in the year (for example grass cutting) or they may not be within the powers of the parish council to deal with.

If you are happy to wait two months for your item to be discussed then you are still welcome to raise it at the meeting but the main purpose of the public forum is for members of the public to give their opinions on any items on the agenda before the council hold their meeting as, ordinarily, the public are not permitted to speak during a parish council meeting as it is a meeting held in public, not a public meeting.

If you contact the parish clerk with any enquiries she will work out what needs to go on the agenda, what can be actioned without being discussed at a meeting and try to direct you to the right people if the parish council can’t help. The parish clerk can be contacted on:

Kirsty Buttle (Clerk to Farnborough Parish Council)

74 Beaulieu Close
OX16 4FQ

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Tel: 01295 275372

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