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Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce events for the rest of 2016

As we head into the final furlong of 2016, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce has a busy programme of events coming up and will be supporting its retailer members in the launch of their Christmas shopping season.

We start October with the launch of the second annual Cranleigh & District Business, Innovation & Growth (BIG) Awards.

Our press launch at Cranleigh Arts Centre on 3rd October is a preview of the upcoming awards which take place in the New Year.

We will be inviting entries from members and non-members across the district, showcasing the fantastic range of innovative businesses in our local area.

Our next breakfast meeting is on 12th October and takes us to Wildwood Golf & Country Club. Our speaker is Christine Martin, managing director of Travel Retail Training.

Christine will be sharing the secrets of winning prestigious awards for your business and how these can help you raise your profile, win new customers and grow revenues.

For our breakfast meeting on 16th November, our guest speaker is chartered financial planner Martin Bamford.

Martin will be describing the demographic destiny we all face in life and business, how we can live well in retirement, and what the future might look like for an ageing society.

Fittingly for this subject, the breakfast will be hosted at Rowleys Centre for the Community, a venue which offers adult day care in Cranleigh.

Christmas is an important time of the year for our retailer members and the Cranleigh Christmas Lights Switch-On is our flagship public event.

Taking place this year on Saturday 19th November, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is organising a family day of entertainment, live music and late-night shopping.

With business membership of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce now more than doubled in eighteen months, we look forward to good attendance at all of these events, as we continue to be a positive voice to attract, retain and encourage growing businesses.

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Sponsorship opportunity for Cranleigh Rotary Race Night

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce members are invited to sponsor a race at the Cranleigh Rotary Race Night next month.

The Rotary Club of Cranleigh are hosting their race night in the Village Hall on Friday 21st October at 7pm.

The event is in support of the Virtual Doctors Group which works in 20 rural health centres and two district hospitals in rural Zambia, and also local charities.

The evening will comprise eight races, each consisting of eight horses, with 50% of the betting revenue reverting to winning punters, the remainder going to Rotary charities.

Rotary is hoping to increase this net revenue for our charities through sponsorship not only of all races but also of as many individual horses as possible.

The name of each sponsoring company (or individual) together with their motif/logo will be printed on the Race Cards given to all punters on the night, thus enhancing the visibility, and generosity, of the company/individual in the local community.

Individuals who sponsor a horse will also have the option of naming that horse (being as polite as reasonably possible, please, so as not to upset any sensitive punters!)

Race sponsorship is £25 and horse sponsorship is £5.

These are suggested minimum sponsorship amounts and you are of course able to donate more.

For more information and to sponsor a race or horse, please contact Rotarian Mike Ellis by email to or telephone 01483 271314.

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Beer, cheese & business networking

40 members of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce made the trip over the border (into West Sussex!) on Wednesday for an evening of beer, cheese and business networking.


Our venue for the September networking meeting was Rudgwick Brickworks, home of Bookham Harrison Farms and Firebird Brewing Co.

Some intrepid Chamber members cycled along the Downs Link to arrive at the event just in time to hear from Tim Harrison and Rob Bookham, founders of Bookham Harrison Farms.

Tim and Rob gave an informative talk about the development of The Brickworks and the creation of Sussex Charmer, a unique cheese that is a cross between a Traditional Mature Farmhouse Cheese and a Parmesan.

Sussex Charmer is produced exclusively with milk from their own herd of dairy cows from Pallinghurst Farm in Rudgwick, West Sussex.

Chamber members then moved into neighbouring Firebird Brewing Co. to the indoor beer garden to enjoy the range of beers they produce.


Firebird founder Richard Peters took guests on a fascinating tour of the micro-brewery, explaining how their beers are brewed and giving a history of beer making.

Our next networking meeting is a breakfast at Wildwood Golf & Country Club on Wednesday 12th October.

Our speaker for the next meeting is Christine Martin, managing director of Travel Retail Training.

Christine will be sharing the secrets of winning prestigious awards for your business and how these can help you raise your profile, win new customers and grow revenues.

Book your place now at

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Waverley local plan drop-in session

Cranleigh Parish Council is hosting an informal drop-in session to make comments about the draft local plan from Waverley Borough Council.

This takes place on Thursday 15th September 2016 between 6pm and 9pm at Cranleigh Village Hall.

Members of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce are invited to attend and share their views on the draft local plan.

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Headliner announced for Cranleigh Food & Music Festival 2016

Headliner announced for Cranleigh Food & Music Festival 2016Fresh from his appearance at the popular Always the Sun Festival in Guildford, Daniel Britten will be headlining the Cranleigh Food & Music Festival 2016.

MasterChef finalist and Tante Marie graduate Britten, who is head chef at The White Horse in Hascombe, will be showcasing his skills in the new demo kitchen at Cranleigh Arts Centre during the festival.

A busy programme of cooking demonstrations is scheduled to start at 10.30am on Saturday 24th September, featuring talented local chefs and drink experts.

Cranleigh Arts Centre opens at 10am for the popular food festival, with local producers selling a range of food and drink throughout the day.

There will also be live music performances at Cranleigh Arts Centre and at various shops, cafes and restaurants along Cranleigh High Street.

Talented musicians and singers from Hurtwood House will once again entertain visitors to Cranleigh Food & Music Festival on their stage in Fountain Square, from midday until 4pm.

Daniel Britten will take his place in the demo kitchen at Cranleigh Arts Centre at 12.30pm for what promises to be an informative, interesting and tasty display of his culinary skills.

Entry to Cranleigh Arts Centre is just £1 and the live music performances in Cranleigh High Street are free.

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MacMillan Coffee Morning at Santa Fir

logoCranleigh Chamber of Commerce members Santa Fir are holding a MacMillan Coffee Morning on Thursday 29th September from 10am to 2pm.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer.

They ask people all over the UK to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan.

Last year alone they raised £25 million and this year we are aiming to raise even more.

Santa Fir are hoping this year to raise much more than the £340 they raised at their MacMillan Coffee Morning last year.

More details can be found at or

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Job vacancy: Venue Facilities Coordinator

Job vacancy: Venue Facilities CoordinatorCranleigh Arts Centre is seeking a Venue Facilities Coordinator to manage the day to day operational running of the Arts Centre building and facilities.

Full time, permanent 37.5 hours per week

Salary: £18,360 – £19,000 per annum

Main duties include; coordinating building maintenance, security and health and safety, catering, purchasing goods and services, generating revenue from private hires and hospitality and acting as Duty Manager on a rota basis.

You will need an O level/GCSE in Maths and English, excellent organisational, communication and customer service skills, experience of budget management and some evidence of commercial awareness, IT skills using standard industry software.

Please send CV and a covering letter to

For more info, download the Job description: `Click Here`

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Volunteers needed for Cranleigh Christmas Lights Switch-On

Volunteers needed for Cranleigh Christmas Lights Switch-OnThe Cranleigh Christmas Lights Switch-On on Saturday 19th November 2016 is the flagship public event from Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce.

As a major public event, a huge amount of planning and organisation is required.

Our Christmas Lights sub-committee has already met twice this year and plans are well progressed for the event. We do however need a lot of volunteers to ensure this event runs smoothly.

One of the biggest tasks requiring volunteers is manning the road closure. We will be applying to close Cranleigh High Street between 5pm and 7pm, which requires a total of 15 volunteers to cover several different road closure and warning points. These volunteers will be needed between 4pm and 7.30pm.

We also need 4 volunteers to assist with placing traffic management signs around the village between 8am and 11am in the morning.

There are also volunteer opportunities for putting together the stage and marquee in the morning (between 8am and midday) and crowd safety marshals between 4pm and 7pm.

This event can only run safely with enough willing volunteers. We are appealing to Chamber members, family and friends to step forward and help us make the Cranleigh Christmas Lights Switch-On a success this year.

This is an event that brings so much happiness to families, who come out to enjoy the programme of entertainment, stalls and late-night Christmas shopping.

If you are able to help, even if it’s only for a couple of hours, please email and we will add your name to the roster.

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‘Housing Crisis’ is a product of a creaking Planning System

‘Housing Crisis’ is a product of a creaking Planning System The following article comes from Iceni and is an interesting read which will help Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce members understand some of the current planning issues we face locally.

The term ‘housing crisis’ has become de rigeur in the past few days; although arguably it is a term that is never too far from the public’s mind.

On Monday Dispatches reported, with typical Channel Four enthusiasm, on the scandalous lack of housing delivery on former public land sold specifically to help meet the Conservative’s housing target.

The planning system is creaking, and currently failing local authorities, developers, residents, amenity organisations and potential homeowners.

Several of the former Ministry of Defence sites Dispatches used as examples in their report are themselves victims of the planning system (although admittedly there are other issues at play, but that’s a different story).

Again, on Monday The Times recognised this too with a report on chronic under-resourcing and lack of funding at Local Planning Authorities resulting in lengthy delays to major, as well as minor, planning applications.

The evidence they present is compelling, with a £450 million budget shortfall for Local Authorities creating a ‘Planning Blight’.

One solution is of course to pass the budget burden onto Applicants, The Local Government Association reports to The Times that ‘Developers are increasingly willing to pay more’ to help speed up the planning application process.

Many developers sign up to Planning Performance Agreements with the promise of proper resourcing.

Unfortunately, more often than not, this doesn’t necessarily provide the desired outcome.

A lack of funding and limited Local Authority resource is of course a contributing factor to the planning crisis, but to view the crisis as purely financially driven is again missing the point.

The planning crisis is down to strategy; an unwillingness to step back, review and enact a wholesale reform of the whole.

For too long the approach to reforming planning, and the perception of planning, has been too piecemeal and short-term, often caught in the midst of election cycles.

Let’s take the approach to the Green Belt as an example.

Even if the scandal of housing delivery on former public land is addressed, this land will still not go far enough to address the housing crisis, particularly in the South East.

Fundamentally brownfield sites will not cut it, and Local Authorities understand this with many currently assessing the need to utilise some Green Belt land as they develop their Local Plans.

But this is the problem, they are too localised in their approach, seeking to address their own housing need with minimal incursions into the Green Belt, appeasing the residents and lobby groups.

We need to take a step back and take a strategic view, a proper review of the Green Belt in its entirety will allow future development to be fully planned, creating sustainable developments; the London Green Belt after all does encapsulate many key transport hubs.

Such a suggestion is of course unpalatable to many, but that is why reform of the approach to the planning system is required.

The housing crisis is not just a fashionable term for journalists, it is a reality and as both Dispatches and The Times have shown us this week there are several contributing factors to this.

A fundamental reform of the system and approach to long-term planning (from all sides of the spectrum) will go a long away to help address these underlying issues. The ‘housing crisis’ is a product of a creaking planning system.

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Dates for 2017 and speakers wanted

Dates for 2017 and speakers wantedThere’s nothing like a bit of forward planning!

Your Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce committee have been hard at work during the summer holidays, putting together a programme of events for 2017.

Here are the provisional dates for next year, covering both member networking events and public events hosted by Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce.

We are also looking for inspirational speakers for our networking breakfasts next year. Do email if you are interested in speaking or have any suggestions.

Monday 16th January – Cranleigh BIG Awards at Cranleigh Arts Centre

Wednesday 15th February – breakfast meeting at One Forty

Wednesday 8th March – International Women’s Day

Wednesday 15th March – breakfast meeting

Wednesday 12th April – breakfast meeting

Saturday 29th April – Spring into Cranleigh

Tuesday 18th April – Chamber AGM and dinner at Cranleigh Golf & Country Club

Wednesday 17th May – breakfast meeting

Wednesday 14th June – breakfast meeting

Wednesday 19th July – Summer BBQ at The Richard Onslow

Wednesday 13th September – breakfast meeting

Saturday 30th September – Cranleigh Food & Music Festival

Wednesday 18th October – breakfast meeting

Wednesday 15th November – breakfast meeting

Saturday 25th November – Christmas Lights Switch On

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