Kineton United Charities


What do we do?

We administer two charitable funds that provide assistance to members of the local community.

Bentley Charity for Apprenticing.

This charity provides help for young people who are preparing for, entering upon or engaged in any profession, trade, occupation or service.

To be eligible they need to be:

  • a school leaver aged between 16 and 25 years of age
  • living in Kineton or Combroke
  • in full or part-time education or undergoing an apprenticeship.

Recent grants have included for example, books, software subscriptions, tools and travel for placements all helping students with reimbursement for such things essential to their course or apprenticeship. All applications will be considered within the charity’s remit whilst studying abroad or in the UK.

Relief in Need Charity

This charity provides help (relief) either generally or individually to people who are in need, hardship, or distress. We are able to make grants of money, providing or paying for items, services or facilities calculated to reduce the need, hardship or distress.  Grants may also be made to organisations which provide, or undertake to provide such items, services or facilities.

Whilst the support we are able to offer doesn’t involve huge sums of money, our experience shows that small amounts make a considerable difference to the people involved.

About us

Kineton United Charities consists of 7 trustees and a clerk, who meet 3 times a year: March, June and November. Ex-officio: Baron Willoughby de Broke, represented by John Rose, and the Vicar of Kineton & Combroke, Rev Barry Jackson. Parish Council Representatives: Helen Sayers, Ian Carter, Brenda Rayson. Co-opted trustees: Liz Reader, Dr John Woodward. Clerk: Jacqui Hawkins.

How to apply

Application forms for the Bentley Charity for Apprenticing can be obtained online via the website, via email from the clerk Jacqui Hawkins at or from a trustee. Application for Relief in Need please email the clerk.

Bentley Charity for Apprenticing Application Form.

Where did the money come from?

The Bentley family connections with Kineton date back to at least 1565 when Thomas Bentley. In 1909 the family endowed a charity to apprentice poor children and that charity is still very much active allowing us to award over £60,000 in the last twenty five years.

Relief in Need Charity is an amalgamation of five smaller funds: the Thomas Aylworth Charity (1956), Ballards Bread Charity, Samuel Kilby Charity (1841), Josiah Woodley Charity (1892) and Lady Margaret Greville Verney Charity.