Funding & Finance


Financial income and acknowledgements


The Hosking Houses Trust was registered as a charity in 1995, found its premises in 1998, fund raising started in 1999 and the first resident arrived in 2002. We had initially no financial backing at all and the most memorable comment was-

Fund raising to support clever women? An impossible task, it would be easier to raise the dead.

We ignored this and allocated five pounds to buy stamps, starting a systematic programme of applications to charitable trusts, individuals and organisations that continues to this day. After about three thousand applications, letters and appeals being made and twenty-one years later, these are the results. Each successful request conceals about twenty made that were unsuccessful. Some grants were restricted for specific purposes but most were for general revenue needs.

Arts Council West Midlands 2012 £15,000 Lottery funded revenue
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND 2017 £37,000 small capital grants to build the studio
2020 £14,000 Management Consultancy
All Souls’ College, Oxford 2014 £500
2015 £250
Anson Trust Charitable Trust 2013 £3,000 Round the Square publication
£2,000 annually forthwith:
2015 £1,000 extra
2019 £1,000 extra
2020 £1,000 extra
Ashley Family Foundation 2011 £10,000
2012 £7,500
2013 £5,000
ALCS authors’ Licensing and Copyright Society 2015 £2,500
Aurelius Charitable Trust 2016 £450
Misses Barrie Trust 2018 £2,500
Batty Foundation 2008 £3,000
Charlotte Bonham-Carter Trust 2015 £500
William A Cadbury Trust 2009 £5,000
2018 £2,000
2019 £1,500
Chase Charity 2001 £3,000
Coutts Bank Charity 2013 £300
Denny Trust 2011 £5,000
2013 £5,000
Marc Fitch Fund 2011 £1,000 Round the Square publication
Foundation for 2002 £27,500
  Sport and the Arts 2003 £5,000
2007 £80,000
Foyle Foundation 2011 £3,000
2014 £1,000
allocated £50,000 (£10,000pa restricted for bursaries each year for five years)
Paul Getty Jnr Foundation 2012 £3,000
J A Gillett Charitable Trust 2015 £400
Allen Lane Foundation 2009 £1,000
Lloyds TSB Foundation 2006 £2,000
Persephone Press 2009 £100 (plus fees for HHT reproduction rights)
Pilgrim Trust 2009 £5,000
The Mill Garden Trust, Warwick 2016 £300
Rigby Foundation (local) 2009 £2,000
CA Rooke Foundation (local) sponsored Christmas card three times
JC Seccombe Charitable Trust 2019 £200
Split Infinitive Trust 2006 £500
Sue Thompson Trust 2011 £1,000
Stratford Town Trust 2016 £300
29th May 1961 charity 2018 £3,000
2019 £3,000
2020 £3,000
Waitrose Ltd. (Stratford branch) 2016 £260
Garfield Weston 2008 £2,500
2020 £3,500
Evelyn Williams Trust 2001 £500

Appeals to individuals

We compiled a database of approximately five hundred individuals of creativity, interest or wealth and wrote to them requesting support between 1999 and 2010. This was before recent restrictions on making personal appeals were introduced and about £16,000 was raised, on which we claimed back Gift Aid. Those who agreed to have their names made public include-
Joan Bakewell, Mary Jane Baxter, Susan Blackmore, Carmen Calill, Louise Campbell, Sheila Cassidy, Wendy Cope, Romola Christopherson, Felix Dennis, Margaret Drabble, Kathleen Duncan, Helen Dunmore, Fiona Ellis, Tracey Emin, U.A.Fanthorpe and Rosie Bailey, Helen Fielding, Katie Fforde, Maggie Gee, Victoria Glendinning, Jane Glover, Valerie Grove, Christopher Hampton, Sheila Hancock, Christina Hardyment, Seamus Heaney, Susan Hill, Michael Holroyd, Nick Hornby, Howard Jacobson, A.L.Kennedy, Ian and Anita Lancaster, Pru Leith, David Lodge, Joanna Lumley, Sue MacGregor, Norma Major, Miriam Margoloyes, Victor Margrie, Val McDermid, Kate McLuskie, Jan Mein, Jane Miller, Deborah Moggarch, Deborah Orr, Gillian Plain, Phillippa Pearce, Harold Pinter, Claire Rayner, Gillian Reynolds, Prunella Scales, Alan and Lisa Spanos, Elizabeth Speller, Barrie and Millicent Stead, Posy Simmonds, Janet Suzman, Alan Titchmarsh, Emma Thompson, Claire Tomalin, Harriet Walter, Marina Warner, Neale Watson, Stanley Wells, Ann Widdicombe.


Past and current partnerships/collaborators for financial and operative support include-
Coventry University, Mercury Musical Developments, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Royal Shakespeare Company, Writers West Midlands, Canterbury Press, Sasolo Arts Development.


We have received other forms of help over the years, including repeated sponsorship of our annual Christmas card and other printing costs from Fred Winter Ltd., Fishy Business, Arden Veterinary Stratford Group and Virago Press: a year’s free cleaning from Stratford Merry Maids: furniture and photography from Harrison Antiques: use of premises from the Stratford Guild Chapel: Clifford Chambers village hall and St Helen’s Church: loans from Warwick Playbox Theatre: Warwickshire County Council for a computer and laptop: John Miller ‘Chair to Air’ aerial photography, concert collaboration from King’s High School for Girls, Warwick.

If we have forgotten anyone for benefits past received and left them out, we are sorry.

Click here to download the Accounts for the year ended 31 March, 2021

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We acknowledge The Foundation for Sport and the Arts as our primary capital sponsor