Villagers reminisce about those heady days when they raised money to build a new hospital in Cranleigh.

Villagers over there in the east of the borough have been on a 20-year walk down memory lane and have sent us this list of some of the fundraising events they enjoyed during the late 1990s and the years since. Might be worth casting your minds back before you attend the public meeting tomorrow Saturday.  

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Cranleigh Village Hospital

Cranleigh Village Hospital has been at the heart of the local community for almost 150 years. It earned its place in history as the first cottage hospital in the country when a local rector and a local doctor founded it in 1859.

Throughout its sometimes-turbulent history, its reputation for caring has been jealously guarded, and local people have fought off numerous attempts to close its doors.

Although the 15th-century cottage forms the nucleus of the hospital there were alterations and extensions in 1901, 1922 and 1936.

In the 70’s it teetered on the edge of closure and villagers embarked on a David and Goliath fight, which it won after it was taken to Westminster. The League of Friends subsequently raised over

£50,000 towards a Day Hospital extension. An Outpatients Department was added in 1987 and another £35,000 was raised for day rooms.

In 1998 with South West Surrey Health Authority facing rising debts the hospitals future was again in the balance. The community warned it would not sit idly by and watch it close, and health officials agreed it could stay if it met modern standards.

In 2001 Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust was formed and following an offer of land from a local benefactor it was agreed to build a new hospital and health centre.

When the Trust, led by Cranleigh’s Head of Practice Dr Robin Fawkner-Corbett took on the huge task of raising £2m, it decided the hospital would never again face the axe. This time the Trust would own the hospital on behalf of the community with the NHS providing the services.

The community has shown how much it cares for the hospital down the years. Now we are asking, once again, for everyone to demonstrate their commitment for a new hospital with the same traditions to serve future generations.

04/08/02

Cranleigh and South Eastern Agricultural Society’s annual Show at Parkhouse Farm, Cranleigh. All-day Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust will be represented, visit the marquee. A heavy horse-drawn wagon will also tour the showground allowing visitors to pat the horses and pick up a money pot. The Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust marquee will be situated next to the member’s tent. Please visit.

06/09/02

CSEAS Wine Tasting. Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust Marquee between 7.30pm and 9.30pm – Taurus Wines.

28/09/02

Join the Biggest Dinner Party in the World. An opportunity to invite guests to your home at £20 a head for a meal of your choice. Could be a candlelit dinner, a fish and chip supper, or a takeaway. One villager is holding a beach party as they will be on holiday in Portugal. Just let us know the event

is taking place so we can count you in, and send some information, then enjoy yourselves and send Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust the proceeds.

So far 37 people have promised to host an event as part of the trust’s “Largest Dinner Party in the World” attempt.

For more information ring Michael Allbrook on 01483 277086

02/11/02

Cranleigh Bonfire Night – The Common, Cranleigh. More information to be announced nearer the date.

03/11/02

Cranleigh hairdresser Roy Redford takes part in the New York Marathon on behalf of Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust. Roy has run thousands of miles for charity and has raised many hundreds of thousands of pounds. Please make his run worthwhile by sponsoring him.

16/11/02

Concert and Supper organised by Cranleigh’s Inner Wheel. For more information ring Jean Quallington on 01483 273361

16/11/02

Cranleigh Methodist church will be holding a concert with a choir and youth band at 8pm. For more information ring Geoff King on 01483 273420

28/11/02

The Trust has applied for permission from Waverley Borough Council to hold a street collection on Thursday morning November 28th from 08.00 to 13.00 and Saturday 30th November 09.00 until 16.00. It hopes to repeat the exercise again in 2003.

2003
Next year the community will be asked to “walk that extra mile” in aid of Cranleigh’s new hospital.

2003

Once planning permission has been obtained the Trust’s fund-raising arm will launch a buy a brick campaign.

A Rock and Jazz Festival for all the family will be held on Sunday 27th July at the Cranleigh Showground from noon until 8 pm. It follows on from a very successful event held last year when more than 400 people enjoyed 8 hours of live music at the Little Park Hatch pub in Cranleigh.

Organiser Jimmy Beecroft is determined to make the festival bigger and better this year, so has moved the event to the showground just a week before the annual Cranleigh Show. The new venue and timing allows the festival to make use of marquees, toilets and other facilities. Up to

1,000 people can now attend and the marquees will enable the event to take place whatever the weather!

Seven of the best local “Rock and Jazz” bands will include Sticky Bun, Replay, Harmonia, More, Serendipity, and Jimmy’s own band with Jazziz.

They will play from a specially erected stage in a natural amphitheatre at the southern end of the showground. This stage will overlook a big grass auditorium in which the audience can sit out and enjoy the music & sun. There will be beer, wine and light refreshments in the main marquee, activities for children, and ample parking in the main showground car-park.

Use of the show facilities has significantly reduced the costs of staging the event. Said Jimmy: “We are enormously grateful to the Cranleigh and South Eastern Agricultural Society and we will take good care of the facilities prior to the annual show. We intend to make this a truly memorable event”.

CVHT fundraiser and coordinator, Simon Goldsmith said ” Jimmy has been fantastic at pulling together a huge network of volunteer musicians, suppliers and other helpers for this Festival. It promises to be a great day for everyone.”

Tickets available in advance at £5 for adults and over 12’s (under 12’s free) from the Hospital Shop and Awareness Centre at Oliver House in Cranleigh High Street or directly from Jimmy Beecroft. “Rock & Jazz Festival 2003” tee shirts are available for £10.

The CVHT will be joining to other local charities for a Gala Concert next month.

Every ticket sold for the event at Guildford Cathedral on Saturday November 8th.will help save lives. That is the message from Haste, Macmillan Cancer Relief and the Cranleigh Hospital Trust.

Some of the country’s finest soloists will be taking part – they include International soprano Kathryn Harries; Clare Weston, rising star of the English National Opera; Robert Poulton and Paul Nilon, international baritone and tenor, together with choir Vox Angelia.

Instrumentalists appearing are Heather Tomola (recorder), Angela Livingstone (piano) and the Cranleigh Brass Quintet.

Margaret Howard the well-known broadcaster will present the programme and she and Jill Phillips will give entertaining readings.

Some of the performers will be well known to the audiences of the Coverwood Concerts held in the Surrey Hills at Ewhurst each year, and which attract music lovers from all over the country.

“The three charities have joined forces as an experiment for this fantastic event because what they all have in common is an aim to improve the life of local people.” We believe charities are all looking for the same pound, and we believe by working together we can help each other,” said a spokesman.

Tickets are now on sale from The Three Charities Concert, Wintershall Estate Office, Wintershall, Bramley, Surrey. GU50LR or by telephoning 01483 892167 Reserved seats which are selling fast are £20, unreserved seats £10 and senior and student concessions unreserved are £7.50.

The 70th anniversary Charity Concert at Birtley House, Bramley promises to be an event not to be missed.

Entitled “Turning Back the Years – 1932 Cavalcade” the event will feature the Tin Pan Alley Orchestra directed by Nick Barnard with soloist Jan Hartley.

The directors of Eyhurst Court Ltd are inviting supporters of the Cranleigh Village Hospital Appeal to celebrate its 70th Anniversary of the registration of the Birtley House Nursing Home in 1932. The beautiful grounds of the home off the A281 Horsham Road will be opened for the concert at 7.30pm on Wednesday, July 3rd July 2002.

The proceeds will be shared between the Macmillan Cancer Relief Fund, The Royal Marsden Hospital, the Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust and Holy Trinity Church, Bramley.

You are invited to take along a picnic and the gardens around the lake will be open from 6pm. 1930’s dress is optional. Tickets (advance booking only) £30 each from The Secretary, Birtley House, Bramley, Guildford, Surrey. GU5OLB Tel: 01483 892055.

24/06/02 – 06/07/02
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29/06/02 Cranleigh Carnival

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30/06/02
Open Garden and Model Railway

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03/07/02
70th anniversary Charity Concert read more >
04/07/02
Travel Presentation

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06/07/02
Table Top Sale
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06/07/02
Alfold Sports Day
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13/07/02
Cranleigh Rectory Fete read more >

14/07/02
Barbecue and Bands read more > 20/07/02
Charity Car Wash read more > 26/07/02

Teddy Bear’s Picnic read more > 11/05/03 Sponsored walk read more> 16/05/03

Dinner at Loseley House

01/06/ 03
A successful Bric-a-Brac Sale at the Hospital Shop raised £400

25/05/03

Big Big Concert. All the old local 60’s bands will be back in harness once more at the Guildford Civic Hall in aid of Cranleigh CVHT and St Christopher’s. 1,200 seats.

26/05/03 (Sat)
Disco for children and disabled children in the village hall. 5.30-7.15 and 7.30 – 9.30

07/06/03
Barn Dance on The Cranleigh Showground
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21/06/03 and 22/06/03
Ewhurst Secret Gardens were opened to the public

28/06/03 Lions Fair

Medieval Banquet

A Medieval Banquet held at the Cranleigh Golf and Leisure Club proved to be a huge success and raised £1,038. 59.

House of Lords

The Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust was guest of our Patron The Baroness Sharp of Guildford in April – and a good time was had by all.

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Ewhurst Secret Gardens
Over the weekend June 21/22 Ewhurst Secret Gardens were opened to the public.

Children’s Supper disco

Special End of term Supper disco was held on Saturday 26th July at Cranleigh Village Hall. Children of all ages attended from 5 to 12. They were entertained by the disco and at their supper with their friends. A good time had by all.

Celebrity Cricket Match

Bunbury Celebrity Cricket Match on Cranleigh Cricket Common Sunday July 6th for the CVHT and the English Schools Cricket Association.

A free day out for all – but a collection was taken. Celebrities were there in their droves, great for autograph hunters.

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Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay pigeon shots set their sights on boosting the fund-raising for Cranleigh hospital when they took part in a Charity Clay Pigeon Shoot at Peter Nutting’s estate at North Breache Manor, Ewhurst and raised £4,664.

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This concert was a great success and raised £563.

Peter Donohoe concert at Cranleigh School

The Project to build a new hospital in Cranleigh is to be given the Royal touch. Their Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex have agreed to attend a Charity Concert in aid of UKCCSG – the Oliver Davis Support Group and Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust.

A Piano recital by Peter Donohoe, one of the foremost pianists in the country, was held at Cranleigh School’s Speech Hall on Wednesday 10th September at 7.30 p.m.

Musicians from the Massed Cadet Bands from Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, The Surrey ACF Corps of Drums, Surrey Pipe Band, Cranleigh Choral Society and Choristers from the Cranfold Area will take part in a Christmas Spectacular Concert.

The event on Saturday 6th December will be held in the Cranleigh School Chapel at 6.30 p.m. and will be in aid of the Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust.

The special guest with will be Kathryn Harries and the Compere is Alan Smith.

Tickets can be obtained from the CVHT shop at Oliver House in Cranleigh High Street or from Nicholas North on 542062 or from the Handyman’s Store in Cranleigh High Street.

Villagers had a wicket day out when the celebrities piled into Cranleigh for the Bunbury celebrity cricket match on July 6th.

Cranleigh Select X1 played the star-studded Bunburys in aid of Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust and the English Schools Cricket Associaton. This historic match on Cranleigh Cricket common included:

Trevor Gripper – Zimbabwean Test Match Cricketer Neil Lenham – Sussex Cricket Club
Alan Butcher – Surrey and Glamorgan CCC
Jamie Theakston – TV Presenter

Lloyd Hunnigan – Heavyweight boxing champion Rob Duncan – From ” Drop the dead donkey” Mark Austin – ITN News Reader
Alan Igglesden – Ex England and Kent Cricketer.

There was an opportunity for people to meet and watch their favourite cricket and celebrity heroes. Other attractions included a beer tent, an auction, sporting memorabilia and a barbecue. A marquee housed corporate and private hospitality.

The event was free but there was a collection on behalf of the chosen charities.

Clay pigeon shots set their sights on boosting the fund-raising for Cranleigh hospital when they took part in a Charity Clay Pigeon Shoot at Peter Nutting’s estate at North Breache Manor, Ewhurst and raised £4,664.

The event attracted 28 teams of four guns from all over the South of England for a 60 bird-sporting shoot and a 100-bird team flush. After tucking into a bacon roll breakfast provided by Cranleigh Lions teams and spectators enjoyed a good morning shooting in pleasant conditions. Afterwards, around 150 people enjoyed a hog roast lunch in a marquee provided completely free of charge by Jonathan Graham Brown of Manorhouse Hill Farm, Shillinglee. There was also be a pool shoot and a popular novice instruction stand collecting five-pound a head for some first-class instruction from a Cowdray Estate shot. The charity auction, with auctioneer Peter Nutting, raised over £1,800 with good prices obtained for such donated items as shooting lessons at Bisley, a Purdie shooting jacket, a four-wheel-drive instruction course and many more.

The fund-raising chairman of Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust Poppity Nutting thanked everyone who had donated items, and to Jonathan Graham Brown for providing the marquee for “another wonderful fund-raising event.”

She handed over the Jim McAllister trophy to the winning team The Pink Willie pictured here from left to right who scored 258 points. Colin McKenna, Garreth Jones, Jess Allinson and Michael Boud with Poppity Nutting. The Loose Cannons won the voucher for the Boobies. Peter Bone, Stephen Getting, Adrian Crafts and John Palczynski.

Organiser a Cranleigh Village Hospital manager, Jackie Stockill thanked everyone who had taken part and said the event would be repeated next year.

The Trust was in evidence on July 13th at Cranleigh Rectory Fete, when hundreds of visitors took the opportunity to learn more about the appeal. Many left clutching a logo topped money jar, the odd teddy, and the inspiration to do their own fund-raising events in the future.

On Saturday evening 13 th March CVHT will be joining forces with the Cuthbert Mayne School for an auction with over 150 lots – and more are still pouring in.

In addition to silverware, jewellery, furniture, antiques, glass, paintings, cartoons, china and glass. There are promises including Holiday flats/apartments/cottages in Tenerife on a golf course in the Canary Islands, Scotland, Devon and Norfolk.

CVHT patrons Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr have sent along with memorabilia and there are promises galore.

Viewing at Cranleigh Village Hall is from 5pm-9pm on Friday 12th and on Saturday 10am until 4pm and 6.30 to 7.30pm.

The auction starts at 7.30pm programmes are £1 and there is a licensed bar and nibbles.

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A Sugar Plum Fairy, a Tasty Tiger and Spiderman put on a happy face on behalf of Cranleigh Village Hospital and raised hundreds of pounds. Alias Dr Robin Fawkner-Corbett, Cranleigh & South Eastern Agricultural Society vice President Carolyn Townsend and President Nick Vrijland went under the artist, Jackie Stockill’s, brush all in a good cause at Cranleigh Show.

CVHT raised more than £2,000 in the Trust marquee with the help of Cranleigh Hospital and Cranleigh Health Centre staff. Fundraiser Jo Berry’s daughters, Kayleigh and Georgia, raised £52.86p on their handmade jewellery.

Said Trust chairman: “We did a number of things, we raised money, we raised awareness of the project and we all had a thoroughly enjoyable day.”

Castle Nursery School, Shamley Green will be holding a Teddy Bear’s Picnic in aid of Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust on July 26th. All you need is a teddy and a picnic, and of course a child.

Cranleigh bonfire organised by Cranleigh Lions for CVHT was a roaring success.

Julie Walters a Cranleigh CVHT patron was a hit with the huge crowd, when fresh from her Calendar girls hit film she dropped in to set light to the bonfire.

It was the first time Julie has attended the bonfire though her husband Grant and daughter Maisie are regulars. Another Cranleigh CVHT patron Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara Bach took along former model Patti Boyd and a good time was had by all.

Roads around the bonfire were closed off for the celebrations to allow a massive torchlight procession to make its way from Park Mead to The Common. Members of the Lions and CVHT were out in force with their buckets collecting money. The amount raised will be announced later.

It is anticipated that the Bunbury team will include most of the following:

David English (Legend!) – Captain *

Alec Stewart (Surrey & England) – Umpire

Andrew Flintoff (Lancs & England) *

Rob Key (Kent & England) *

Mark Butcher (Surrey & England) *

Adam Hollioake (Surrey & England) *

Robin Smith (Hants & England)

Mark Austin (ITN News) *

Steve Bennett (Premiership Referee) *

Fraser Hinds (Emmerdale)

Lloyd Honeyghan (Boxer)

Gary Mason (Boxer)

Jamie Theakston (Actor & TV Presenter)

Andy Jacobs (Talk Sport Radio)

* Confirmed as of 20 August

CVHT OPS: Dr Robin Corbett talks with Jimmy Beecroft who was the organiser and one of the acts to help raise money at the Little Park Hatch last Sunday, all proceeds went to the Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust.

By popping into the shop and awareness centre you can pick up a money pot kindly donated by Gordons Fine Foods of Littlemead Industrial Estate, Cranleigh. Just fill it with your loose change. By filling in the Gift Aid as well, the appeal will receive even more money.

There will be a Ho-Down of the never to be forgotten variety when Cranleigh village hospital Trust fund-raisers stage a Family Barn Dance in June.

The impressive 78-acre Cranleigh showground at Parkhouse Farm will be the venue for an event that has been masterminded by Michael Allbrook. He has persuaded the Cranleigh & South Eastern Agricultural Society to let the Trust use the huge Dutch barn off Barhatch Lane for a family barn dance that promises to be a winner.

The well-known Malthouse Band with caller Don Nunneley will entertain 200 guests on June 7th.

In addition to an opportunity to dozey do with the best of the guests will be treated to a hog roast provided by Tony Kilfeather. There will be real ale and wine on sale through Taurus Wines, who regularly support the Trust, as well as plenty of soft drinks.

The Trust has already contacted everyone living around the site, to ensure they are not upset or disturbed by noise from the event, and so far they have agreed to put up with any inconvenience and wished the Trust well.

Tickets are available at £6 from the Hospital Shop and Awareness Centre at Oliver House in Cranleigh High Street.

If you would like to volunteer to help the fund-raising team, please contact the Trust Administrator Mrs Christina Pearce on 01483 276121.

The Cranleigh Bonfire was held on Saturday 2nd November. Despite the continual rain throughout the day, the event was a great success.

All of the usual attractions, of a Guy Competition for local junior school pupils and the torch-lit procession, accompanied by a marching band, a further band in Stocklund Square, a pig-roast, hot food, a beer tent and, of course, a huge bonfire with a stunning firework display provided by Lionel Couzens-Smith and his team from Payne’s Fireworks; were not spoilt by the weather. Our guests of honour were Ringo and Barbara Starr. To the obvious delight of the crowd, Ringo helped to place the Guy on the top of the bonfire, before applying the first torch.

All of the profits from this year’s event are to be donated by the Lions to the Cranleigh Village Hospital appeal. Prior to starting the display of fireworks, Ringo encouraged the large crowd to give generously and spoke of his admiration for the excellent work carried out by Cranleigh Lions within the local community. As a Club, we should like to offer our thanks to Ringo and Barbara as well as to all of our other sponsors who helped to make such a damp night such a roaring success.

Thanks to all our sponsors

Repaircraft; Cranfold Computer Services; Grahams of Cranleigh; Gordon Thomas; Edward Cross; Madestein; Carolyn Lodge; Cranfold Physical Therapy; Roland Tysoe; P & P Glass; Roston; Tickners; Manns of Cranleigh; Vic Simmons; Keith Payne; The Cranleigh Exhaust Centre; Alan Spriggs; Centriplant; Smithbrook Lighting; Pages; The Wintershall Charitable Trust; County Tiles; Marshall’s; Cranleigh Car Clinic;

Waverley Gas and Tool Hire; Stennett’s. and Cranleigh Lions.

Burns & Webber sponsored the Guy Competition and the Surrey Advertiser the Photographic Competition. Other sponsors included Roger N Coupe, Cranleigh Freight and Dick Lane Services,

and others who wish to remain anonymous.

4/08/02

Cranleigh and South Eastern Agricultural Society’s annual Show at Parkhouse Farm, Cranleigh. All-day Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust will be represented, visit the marquee. A heavy horse-drawn wagon will also tour the showground allowing visitors to pat the horses and pick up a money pot. The Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust marquee will be situated next to the member’s tent. Please visit.

06/09/02

CSEAS Wine Tasting. Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust Marquee between 7.30pm and 9.30pm – Taurus Wines.

28/09/02

Join the Biggest Dinner Party in the World. An opportunity to invite guests to your home at £20 a head for a meal of your choice. Could be a candlelit dinner, a fish and chip supper, or a takeaway. One villager is holding a beach party as they will be on holiday in Portugal. Just let us know the event is taking place so we can count you in, and send some information, then enjoy yourselves and send Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust the proceeds.

So far 37 people have promised to host an event as part of the trust’s “Largest Dinner Party in the World” attempt.

For more information ring Michael Allbrook on 01483 277086

02/11/02

Cranleigh Bonfire Night – The Common, Cranleigh. More information to be announced nearer the date.

03/11/02

Cranleigh hairdresser Roy Redford takes part in the New York Marathon on behalf of Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust. Roy has run thousands of miles for charity and has raised many hundreds of thousands of pounds. Please make his run worthwhile by sponsoring him.

16/11/02

Concert and Supper organised by Cranleigh’s Inner Wheel. For more information ring Jean Quallington on 01483 273361

16/11/02

Cranleigh Methodist church will be holding a concert with a choir and youth band at 8pm. For more information ring Geoff King on 01483 273420

28/11/02

The Trust has applied for permission from Waverley Borough Council to hold a street collection on Thursday morning November 28th from 08.00 to 13.00 and Saturday 30th November 09.00 until 16.00. It hopes to repeat the exercise again in 2003.

2003
Next year the community will be asked to “walk that extra mile” in aid of Cranleigh’s new hospital.

2003

Once planning permission has been obtained the Trust’s fund-raising arm will launch a buy a brick campaign.

The Project to build a new hospital in Cranleigh is to be given the Royal touch. Their Highnesses

the Earl and Countess of Wessex have agreed to attend a Charity Concert in aid of UKCCSG – the

Oliver Davis Support Group and Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust.

A Piano recital by Peter Donohoe, one of the foremost pianists in the country, is to be held at

Cranleigh School’s Speech Hall on Wednesday 10th September at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are selling fast

and former parish councillor and Oliver’s grandmother Vera Davis hopes the event will be a good

fund-raiser for the two charities closest to her heart.

Vera’s seven-year-old grandson Oliver his parents and three sisters will be travelling from their

Wiltshire home to attend at least part of the event where they will meet the Royal couple.

The concert by the pianist who has developed a distinguished career since winning the

International Tchaikovsky Competion in Moscow, travelling all over Europe and America, is

expected to entertain an audience of around 400. He has also recorded his music for EMI and is a

regular at the BBC Promenade Concerts.

The group was formed in 1998 when Oliver was diagnosed with a rare kidney tumour. Following

surgery and chemotherapy he is now a healthy little boy had just completed his second year at

school.

Now the group supports other children suffering from cancer. His grandmother will be at the event

along with Trustees of CVHT.

Tickets can be obtained from the CVHT Hospital Shop at Oliver House in Cranleigh High Street or

from Vera Davies on 01403 822815.

The Trust was in evidence on July 13th at Cranleigh Rectory Fete, when hundreds of visitors took

the opportunity to learn more about the appeal. Many left clutching a logo topped money jar, the

odd teddy, and the inspiration to do their own fund-raising events in the future.

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