Here to help

Author: John Brydon

Published on: 8 March 2022

The Trust originated through the generosity of the late Mrs R J Colman.

She was concerned about the welfare of Diocesan clergy and their wives who in retirement might find themselves, in certain circumstances, financially pressurised. Following her bequest the original trust named Cotman House Trust was set up to provide residential accommodation for clergy who had served in the Diocese. Eventually and following the gradual shift towards housing needs being provided by the Church Commissioners, the cost of maintaining the property and ever increasing regulations, the property was sold, with the proceeds invested by The Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF). A new trust was then formed as named above with the DBF as custodian trustee. The actual running of the trust was placed into the hands of nine managing trustees drawn from various walks of life.

The managing trustees have gradually expanded the objects of the trust so that it can provide grants and loans to assist retired clergy who have served in the Diocese, their widows, divorced or legally separated spouses, as well as those who have had permission to officiate here. A further amendment to the trust deed to include current thinking on relationships will shortly be discussed by the trustees.

Over recent years the value of the invested monies (we follow the Church of England’s policy on ethical investments), has grown along with our cash reserves. This is partly due to the original successful investment policy, but also because applications have failed to keep up with the returns on our investments. We have and continue to advertise extensively both at Christmas via a leaflet drop, through rural deaneries etc. and recently eNews, as we are keen to see an increase in applications.

A straightforward application form is all that is required to start the process and if necessary we will help in its completion. The form and further information can be obtained via our secretary, Mrs Pauline Gray, 11 Cann’s Lane, Hethersett, Norwich NR9 3JE, Tel: 01603 812610, e.mail: znaqctenl@ogvagrearg.pbz.

The trustees meet at least four times a year to consider applications but urgent cases can always be fast-tracked.

If you know of anyone who might require help please do put them in touch with us. We are here to help and all applications are dealt with on a confidential basis.

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John Brydon

Churchwarden, Norwich St George Tombland (Parish)

8 Daniels Road

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