What’s happening at Stroud Court

We’re excited to tell you about all the great things happening at Stroud Court. On this page you can read about our fundraising events and see how we’re continuing to improve and extend our facilities for our residents.


Recent news and updates

December 2020: This year, Christmas will be very different at Stroud Court. But with your help, we can make it a cracker!

Christmas is traditionally a time where there is so much for our residents to look forward to – a trip to the pub for Christmas lunch, Christmas shopping, and the visit home to see family and friends. This year, none of it will be possible.

The global pandemic means that vulnerable autistic adults are unable to go out into the community. At the same time, government guidance states that all visits to Stroud Court must be suspended.

That’s why we’re launching our very special campaign – ‘Stroud Court Christmas at Home’.



Our dream is to bring the excitement of Christmas to our site with beautiful lights on each of the houses, Christmas trees laden with presents and a sumptuous Christmas lunch for everyone to enjoy.

With your support, we can make this happen. Whatever amount you are able to give will make a huge difference.

After the unprecedented challenges our residents have faced in 2020, let’s come together to ensure they have a Christmas to remember.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Give £10 to buy a box of Christmas crackers
  • Give £25 to buy a present for under the tree
  • Give £50 to buy a turkey for the table
  • Give £100 for a set of Christmas lights for a house

You can donate here or click on the Donate now button on our home page.

Thank you, Merry Christmas and best wishes for the new year!

All funds raised not used for Christmas 2020 will be allocated to benefit Stroud Court residents in other ways.


July 2018: A Cotswold Way 50k walk raises over £500 for Stroud Court

There’s very little that gets in the way of our brilliant supporters, and certainly not the blistering heat of a very atypical British summer day. On Saturday, 20 June, our friend Peter Daniels (pictured below, at left) walked 50 kilometers along the Cotswold Way from Wotton under Edge to Cheltenham, raising funds for Stroud Court Community Trust with every step.

In temperatures that hit the 30-degree mark, Peter and his friends John Schmolle and Stephen Court took in local landmarks including Coaley Peak, Painswick Church and Cooper’s Hill. The trio wisely started their journey at 7:00 am, arriving at The Norwood Arms in Cheltenham at 7.30 pm for a well-earned drink.

Through securing sponsorship for his 50k Cotswold Way walk, Peter has already raised over £500. If you would like to help him reach his target of £1000 please call our fundraising manager, Helen Kay, on 01453 834020 or email her at helenkay@stroudcourt.org.

Many thanks again to Peter and friends. What a great achievement!


November 2017: Stroud Court is awarded £4,000 by the Masonic Charities Foundation

You may remember that back in July we asked you to vote for Stroud Court in the Gloucestershire Freemasons Community Awards. We hoped to be awarded a share in a grant of £3 million awarded by the Masonic Charitable Foundation in celebration of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary.

There are over 2,000 charities in Gloucestershire so we were delighted to be one of only six nominated. Freemasons have supported charities for hundreds of years but this was the first time that the public had been asked to help decide where the money should go. Following the vote, we were thrilled to learn that Stroud Court had been awarded £4,000.

The Gloucestershire Freemasons Community Awards were presented at a ceremony at The Hill, Stroud. Jane Fenwick, our chair of the board of trustees, accepted the award and gave a brief speech on the history of Stroud Court Community Trust and the work we do today. Jane is pictured with Tim Henderson-Ross from Gloucestershire Freemasons and Dame Janet Trotter, The Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.

We’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who took the time and trouble to vote for Stroud Court and who made this wonderful award possible.


October 2017: One of our youngest supporters raises over £800 for Stroud Court

We’re always thrilled to hear about young people fundraising on our behalf – like Robbie Cadle, whose Uncle Edmund lives at Stroud Court.

Robbie was inspired to undertake a sponsored bike ride. Here’s what he told us a few months ago: “Hello my name is Robbie. I am 12 years old and a Scout at Yarnton Scout troop near Oxford. My mum and dad bought me a bike for my twelfth birthday and I’ve been motivated to do a sponsored cycle ride ever since. So on September 9th I am going to cycle 31 miles in aid of Stroud Court Community Trust.”

Recently, Robbie’s dad kindly provided us with a fantastic update: “Challenge complete. When we planned this route together some months previous, we had no idea that the Tour of Britain was planning on coming through our destination on the very same day. Some minor changes to the timings meant we got there in time to watch the race go through. Other than a few dropped chains, one puncture and one soaking the ride went without hitch. I was proud to support Robbie on his challenge. A big thank you to all you lovely people who supported him with donations and messages.”

In all, Robbie raised £805 – a tremendous achievement. Thank you, Robbie, from everyone here at Stroud Court.


July 2017: Stroud Court needs your vote to receive a grant of £25,000

Friends and supporters, please vote online to help us receive a Community Award from Gloucestershire Freemasons. It takes only a few seconds to vote and we could be in line for £25,000.

To commemorate 300 years of Freemasonry, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing £3 million to 300 charities across the country, and we are one of those selected.

Each of the nominated charities will receive a grant, but only the public vote will determine how much they receive – anything from £4,000 to £25,000. The voting period is from Monday, 12 June until Monday, 31 July.

As Chris Atkins, Stroud Court’s executive director, says, “A grant of £25,000 would make a huge difference to our work. I would urge anyone and everyone to go online and vote for Stroud Court. Your vote will help autistic adults to live the life they chose.  Please remember that every single vote counts.”

The Masonic Charitable Foundation obtains all of its funding from Freemasons and their families. It is estimated that half of Freemasonry’s total charitable expenditure of over £33m goes to charities that help people in communities across the country.

Vote here for Stroud Court to win up to £25,000.

April 2017: Slaloming our way to fundraising success

We always seem to enjoy gorgeous sunshine for our annual Charity Ski and Snowboard Race Day and this month’s event — our tenth! —  was no exception. Held at Gloucester Ski Centre, we welcomed 26 skiers from all over the country who competed across five categories for best time.

Rhys Price from Cardiff Ski Club sped to victory, completing the slalom course in an impressive 17.04 seconds. With race entry fees, individual race sponsorship from Endsleigh Insurance and Lanes Health, and the sale of raffle tickets, we raised a wonderful £532.00 for our building appeal, A Home for Tom. Pictured are two young skiers from Cardiff Ski Club, Alice (left), 15, and Elin, 13, who came top in the Under 14s event. As always, we’d like to thank Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre for their continued generous sponsorship of this fun event.


March 2017: A visit from Lady Bathurst

We were delighted to welcome Countess Bathurst, the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, to Stroud Court recently. Her visit coincided with World Autism Awareness Week (27 March – 2 April) and it was the perfect opportunity to help raise awareness of the support and understanding that many autistic people need in order to lead meaningful, fulfilled lives.

During her visit, Lady Bathurst met and spoke with staff and residents, saw the plans for our programme of rebuilding and renovation, and was able to experience the unique, autism-friendly facilities that have been designed to provide a tranquil, low-stress environment for our residents.

As Chris Atkins, our executive director, commented, “We all hope our event will raise awareness and inspire local people to work together to help improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable and complex citizens in Gloucestershire.”


March 2017: With a little help from our friends

Our wonderful community includes not only our residents and the people who support them, but friends and family members of everybody here at Stroud Court. And here’s a great example.

Minchinhampton resident, Ben Bruton-Cox whose brother-in-law lives at Stroud Court, found a clever way to turn a business event into a fundraising occasion. He’s a wedding videographer and recently ran a two-day course in Oxford designed to inspire videographers already in the wedding industry, provide helpful instruction to newcomers looking to start their own businesses, and facilitate networking opportunities amongst all attendees.

As well as organising workshops and presentations, Ben also thought to include a raffle with all proceeds being donated to Stroud Court. Participants of his course were clearly very keen to secure themselves the big prize – a full day’s training with an experienced videographer – and bought raffle tickets worth £325. A big thank you to Ben for keeping us in mind, even at work!

Ben is pictured handing a cheque to Stroud Court’s Ann Lewis, our executive director’s assistant.


November 2016: Our Autumn Raffle could really take you places

Buy a ticket for the Stroud Court Autumn Raffle and, thanks to Great Western Railway, you could win two first class rail tickets to the GWR destination of your choice. A Christmas shopping trip to London? A surprise weekend in Cornwall? Site-seeing in Bath or Oxford? And if the rail tickets don’t come your way, our other top prize — £100 in cash — is rather nice too.

Raffle tickets are only £1 each and all money raised goes directly to A Home for Tom, our programme of building and renovation that’s intended to make Stroud Court truly autism friendly. As head of fundraising Helen Kay says, “We can’t all run marathons or jump out of planes so this is a great way to support A Home for Tom and be in with a chance of winning a great prize”.

To purchase raffle tickets, please email Helen at helenkay@stroudcourt.org or call her on 01453 834020. Ticket stubs should be returned to Stroud Court by Monday, 5th December, and the draw will take place on Friday, 9th December. Read more about A Home for Tom.


September 2016: Cake sale boosts funds for                                                                                   A Home for Tom appeal                                                                  IMG_9830

Victoria sponge? Cupcake? Chocolate gateau? Don’t mind if we do!

Held at Stroud railway station, our recent cake sale was a delicious way to raise funds for — and build awareness of — our development appeal.

We’d like to extend a big thank you to the team at Great Western Railway for hosting the event as well as baking some of the cakes on offer, and to our band of local volunteers who also provided goodies and helped tirelessly on the day. Our new young friend, seven year old Hannah (pictured), deserves a special mention for being such a fantastic helper.

All in all, we raised a very impressive £240. Thank you Stroud for supporting this event!

May 2016: My Son’s Not Rainman by John Williams

On Thursday, 26th May, Stroud Subscription Rooms played host to the brilliantly funny John Williams (ably supported by the razor-sharp Don Biswas).

My Son’s Not Rainman proved to be a hilarious, eloquent and touching account of John’s life with his autistic son. Playing to a packed house, John raised plenty of laughs and over £2,000 for Stroud Court.

We’d like to say a massive thank you to John and Don, both of whom donated their time and talent, and to William’s Food Hall, The Bear of Rodborough, Bottlegreen Drinks Co., Cotswold Gliding Club, Waitrose and Wyevale Garden Centre, Nailsworth, for generously contributing some fantastic raffle prizes.


May 2016: A fun — and fundraising — day of skiing

Our 9th Annual Ski and Snowboard Race Day took place on Sunday 8th May. In gorgeous sunshine, 20 skiers across five categories battled for best time, an honour which ultimately went to Ryan Bloom who completed the slalom course in an impressive time of 16.89 seconds. With race entry fees, individual race sponsorship from Renishaw Plc, Endsleigh Insurance, Lanes Health, Chris Lewis Security and Tony Bateson, and raffle tickets, we raised a wonderful £1,300 for our building appeal, A Home for Tom. We’d like to extend a big thank you to the staff of Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre for their generous sponsorship of this event.


News from earlier in 2016

April 2016: Our new horticultural area is officially open
March 2016: Generous funding received for our planned sensory room
February 2016: A kind donation from the Gloucestershire Masonic Charities Association


April 2016: Our new horticultural area is officially open

The official opening of the new raised beds for Dobson House took place on Saturday, 16thApril. Several residents joined twenty members of the Nailsworth Rotary Club to plant potatoes, onions and flower seedlings. This new horticultural area has been funded by the Jack Lane Trust and built by volunteers of Nailsworth Rotary Club. The project has transformed an overgrown area of bush into an area to be used by the residents for growing flowers and vegetables. The new garden has three raised beds with built-in seating surrounded by flat, trip-free paving.


March 2016: Generous funding received for our planned sensory room

The Percy Bilton Charity and the Boshier Hinton Charity have pledged a combined sum of over £11,000 to build a new state of the art sensory room at Stroud Court. Complete with a vibro-acoustic bed, the new room will benefit all of the residents at Stroud Court and will be used for quiet relaxation and sensory stimulation, and as an additional leisure activity.


February 2016: A kind donation from the Gloucestershire Masonic Charities Association

The High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, Roger Head DL, and a representative from each of the Stroud Masonic lodges, visited Stroud Court to celebrate a cheque being presented by the Gloucestershire Masonic Charities Association. The donation will fund the construction of a much-needed handrail, enabling older residents access to the lower meadow area of Stroud Court. The hand rail will be built by volunteers from Nailsworth Rotary Club.

News from 2015

November 2015: Sensory lighting and sound system unveiled in the swimming pool

Stroud Court extends a massive thank you to the National Lottery for funding this amazing project. Our wonderful new sensory lighting and sound system has encouraged several residents to return to swimming as an interest and has increased physical activity when in the pool.