Registered in July 2003, Caractacus Housing is a charity formed to provide low cost rented accommodation to help people on a low income who have a strong local connection to the areas of West Somerset and Mid-Devon.
Caractacus Housing was formed as a charity and the trustees have steadily added to the housing portfolio over this period thanks to the exceptional generosity of the charity’s founder, Sheila Laxman. The charity now owns over 20 properties.
The charity has a second object to provide assistance to local people with financial or material needs. Over the years this has helped to provide IT and business equipment, a new swimming pool heat pump to a local school; workshops to school pupils on money management; travel costs to and from college or hospital and resources for monthly support groups for children affected by bereavement or an ill member in the family. Contributions have also been made towards a new MRI scanner at a local hospital and Exmoor Young Voices project exploring housing solutions on the moor.
The charity's area of operation includes the parishes of:
Brompton Regis, Brushford, Cutcombe, Dulverton, Exmoor, Skilgate, Withypool & Hawkridge, Exford Exton, Winsford, Bampton, Upton, Morebath, Oakford.
Most local people will recognise our logo, the Caractacus Stone. It bears a Latin inscription dated to about 500AD, although the stone itself may be much older. Our favourite of the various legends that surround the stone is that it marks the site of buried treasure (although it has never been found).
Located on Winsford Hill, the Caractacus Stone stands in the geographical centre of the area covered by the charity and just as the Stone has a roof over its head, Caractacus Housing aims to provide locals with a house in the region so they can live, work and bring up a family in the local area to which they and their families belong.
We are always looking for people who would be kind enough to help us with donations (possibly through bequests, transfer of shares or contributions from companies), all donations will be gladly received and used to help local people in need.
If you would like to make a donation then please get in touch using the details in our contact section.CONTACT US
Please help us benefit further from your donation by registering for gift aid with us. For every £1.00 you give to Caractacus we can claim a further 25 pence from the Inland Revenue, as long as you are a UK taxpayer who pays an amount of tax at least equal to the tax we reclaim on your donations.GIFT AID FORM
Our parishes include: Brompton Regis, Brushford, Cutcombe, Dulverton, Exmoor, Skilgate, Withypool & Hawkridge, Exford, Exton, Winsford, Bampton, Upton, Morebath, Oakford.
Our current threshold for total net household income including all benefits is £24,000 per annum (as at September 2011). Exmoor National Park
Some of our houses are within the Exmoor National Park boundaries and when tenanting these properties we implement the Park’s own Selection Criteria as well as our own.
The Old Coach House,
Company Number: 04629949
Charity Number: 1098524
Telephone: 07900 694525