100 Not out – Gainsford Trust makes a century


The Gainsford Trust has completed a century of good work. A charity which is supported by the four Inns of Court, it evolved from the ladies’ section of the Inns of Court Mission in 1919.

The Mission was originally founded in 1897 by Sir Gainsford Bruce, a Queen’s Bench Judge. It was formally opened by the Prince of Wales (a Royal Bencher and Treasurer of Lincoln’s Inn) in 1904, as a club for men and boys. It was based in Drury Lane and closed in the 1980s.

However, the Ladies’ section, which is run by a group of wives of barristers and judges, continues to flourish. The club provides friendship and support to over twenty elderly ladies, many of whom are widows with varying degrees of need, who live in the vicinity of the Inns of Court.

The charity arranges meetings on Tuesday afternoons at a rented community hall in Leather Lane, Holborn where it provides tea and entertainment. It also organises trips to the theatre in the winter and is planning a visit shortly to St James’s Palace. Outings to the country are arranged in the summer. There is a regular summer lunch party at the country house of the Trust’s President, Lady Parker and a traditional Christmas lunch party which was held at Middle Temple last year, with carols and songs sung by the Metropolitan Police Choir.

A Christmas and Easter Service in the club is held by the Reverend Mark Hatcher, Reader of the Temple, one of the Trustees of the charity.

Central to the charity’s work is the home and hospital visiting and transport, as well as the provision of advice and assistance for members.

 To help the Gainsford Trust

If you would like to know more about the Gainsford Trust and its forthcoming activities, please contact the President, Lady Parker, The Grange, Radwinter, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 27F or email

If you would like to make a donation to the Trust, you can do so using the Trust’s bank details as follows:

Lloyds Bank Holborn Circus Branch,

Sort Code: 300004

Account Number: 00333078

If you need further information about making a donation, please contact the Treasurer, The Hon. Mrs Rosamund Lockhart Mummery at: or write to her at 21, Duchess of Bedford House, Duchess of Bedford’s Walk, London W8 7QN.


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