"The First Fifty Years"
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The late Colonel
The Right Honourable the VISCOUNT NUFFIELD



Origins click to return to the top of the page

The Nuffield Trust for the Forces of the Crown was founded by the late Lord Nuffield in 1939. On the 27th May of that year he wrote to the then Secretary of State for War:

"... I am anxious to make some personal contribution towards the comfort and well-being of those who are giving up their home surroundings in the service of our country who for this purpose I intend to place in the hands of Trustees one million shares in Morris Motors, of a present value of approximately 1.5 millions, yielding today an income of some 105,000 per annum to be devoted towards improving the facilities for... the Forces, at the discretion of the Trustees. I intend this gift to be a permanent memorial to the spirit which animates us today."

Nobody can be more grateful to the generosity of Lord Nuffield than the men and women of the Armed Forces who continue to benefit in many and varied ways from his generous and imaginative benevolence which has so successfully filled the gap between those things that are provided from official sources and those which make living conditions more comfortable or recreation more enjoyable. In this context, at no time can this have been more appreciated than by those serving in the arduous conditions of the Second World War or the numerous operational deployments that have followed including Malaya, Korea, Borneo, Aden, Cyprus, Belize, Northern Ireland, the Falkland Islands, the Gulf , the former Yugoslavia and many other trouble-spots.

More details of the origins and history of the Trust are recorded in "THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS" by Air Chief Marshal Sir David Lee GBE, CB, previously a Trustee and Chairman of the Executive Committee.



Who can the Nuffield Trust for the Forces of the Crown help?

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The object of the Charity is to 'promote the welfare and efficiency of the Forces of the Crown either by the provision of facilities for recreation or by any other means'. The Trust therefore finances recreational and welfare amenities and facilities that will benefit those actually serving in the Armed Forces but which are not provided by public funds and which are beyond the resources of other non-public funds. In this context, the 'Armed Forces' does not include Ex-Servicemen or Cadet Forces.



How is the Trust Organised?

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The Board of Trustees, which normally meets twice a year in March and October/November, directs the work of the Trust.

The only full-time employee of the Trust is the General Secretary who has full responsibility for the day to day administration and accounts of the Trust. He also has overall control of the distribution of grant allocations made by the Trustees.



Who are the Trustees?

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Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom Chairman
Lieutenant General Sir Mark Mans KCB CBE DL
Vice Admiral Sir David Steel KBE DL
Air Chief Marshal Sir Joe French KCB CBE
FDS Rosier MA(Oxon)
Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Holcroft LVO OBE



What Links are there with those serving in the Armed Forces?

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Applications to the Trust should only be made through the single-Service Points of Contact as follows:

Head of Grants, The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity,
Building 29, HMS EXCELLENT, Whale Island, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO2 8ER
Email: anne.carr@rnrmc.org.uk
BT: 02393 871521

SO2 Wel Funds AWS
Headquarters Regional Command
Floor 2 Zone 2 Montgomery House
Queens Avenue,
GU11 2JN
Tel Mil: 94222 7653
Tel Civ: 01252 787653
Email: richard.dockerty760@mod.uk

WO CSpt2, Room 1S30 Hurricane Block, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, BucksHP14 4UE
Email: Air-COSPers-PolCSpt2WO@mod.uk
BT: 01494 497457
Mil: 95221 7457



Other "Nuffield" organisations

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This Trust has no direct connection with the many other charities bearing Lord Nuffield's name, which also owe their existence to his foresight and generosity.

Other Nuffield organisations include:

Nuffield Foundation, 28 Bedford Square, London WC18 3EG
Mainly supporting research projects, which advance education or social welfare.

Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust, East Holme Farm, Maresfield, Ucksfield,East Sussex TN22 3AY. Tel: 01825 762 928

Nuffield Nursing Homes Trust (Better known as Nuffield Hospitals, a charitable company responsible for the many Nuffield Hospitals), Nuffield House, 1-4 The Crescent, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 4BN Tel: 0181 390 1200

Nuffield Trust (for Research and Policy Studies in Health Services), 59 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP Tel: 020 7631 8450. Nuffield Trust is an authoritative and independent source of evidence-based research and policy analysis for improving health care in the UK. They conduct cutting edge research and influential analysis, inform and generate debate, support leaders, and examine international best practice. www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk

Nuffield Place: The Home of Lord Nuffield www.nuffield-place.com

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"The First Fifty Years"