Month: September 2015

Cranleigh, Gatwick & breakfast

Cranleigh, Gatwick & breakfastWe are delighted to be able to bring you a fantastic joint networking breakfast between Surrey Chambers of Commerce and Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce.

This breakfast networking event takes place at Haywards at Hurtwood Park at 7.30am on Wednesday 14th October 2015.

Delegates at our event will be able to hear from Hannah Staunton, Community Management Manager at Gatwick Airport.

In 2012, the government established the Airports Commission to consider how the UK can “maintain its status as an international hub for aviation and immediate actions to improve the use of existing runway capacity in the next five years”.

The question of how to make best use of and expand airport capacity has become the UK’s most significant infrastructure issue over the last few years.

After three years of deliberation, the five person commission, chaired by economist Sir Howard Davies, reported its recommendations to government on 1st July. That recommendation was that a third runway should be built at Heathrow while Gatwick would also be a ‘plausible’ option.

The reasoning behind the decision was the greatest economic benefit would come from Heathrow.

However, Surrey still awaits a decision on where the the expansion will be. The final decision is expected from government by Christmas.

Come to this breakfast and hear Gatwick’s response to the recommendation.

The cost of this networking breakfast is £10, paid on the day.

Book your place online here or email so we can add you to the guest list.

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Cranleigh Chamber Half-Year Update

Cranleigh Chamber Half-Year UpdateWith the children back at school, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is proudly reporting its half year update this week.

Following the election of a new committee in May, the Chamber has been working hard to revitalise the business environment for Cranleigh.

At the time of the committee election, newly elected Chamber president Richard Graham announced that the Chamber would mount a strong campaign for all enterprise in the local area and put Cranleigh back on the map.

Getting quickly to work, the Chamber has already notched up the following list of achievements:

-Boosting membership by over 50%, putting the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce on track to achieve its initial goal of 100 members.

-Working on a joint project with Waverley Borough Council to introduce pay-on-exit parking for the Village Way and Stocklund Square car parks.

-Successfully campaigning to introduce 4G high speed mobile Internet and better mobile phone coverage to the village.

-Working in partnership with the Cranleigh Arts Centre to organise the first annual Cranleigh Food & Music Festival, to be staged on Saturday 3rd October 2015.

-Anne Milton MP has accepted an invitation to meet with Chamber Members on 23rd October 2015.

-Establishing the Cranleigh Business, Innovation & Growth (BIG) Awards with support from County Councillor Alan Young, with these awards being launched on 5th October 2015.

-Hosting three networking events for members, including a sold-out breakfast workshop about getting business from Social Media with international public speaker Philip Calvert.

-Working with Balfour Beatty to progress plans for an affordable Guided BusWay on the Downs Link from Cranleigh to Guildford station.

-Masterminding routes for a new cycle path through Cranleigh in conjunction with Surrey County Council.

Richard Graham of One Forty, President of the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, commented:

“Within the space of a few months, the Chamber has demonstrated what a group of energetic local business leaders can achieve to benefit the village.

“Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is just getting started and we have ambitious goals for the next twelve months; we plan to grow our membership, host several events to showcase the village, and bring a really positive energy to Cranleigh.”

To join, businesses should visit or contact Roger Coupe, Membership Secretary on 01483 268555 or email

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Breakfast, networking & history at Swallowhurst, Cranleigh

Breakfast, networking & history at Swallowhurst, CranleighCranleigh business owners were treated to a fantastic talk by local historian Michael Miller at the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce monthly networking meeting on Wednesday morning.

Breakfast was kindly provided by Linden Homes in the showhome at its flagship development, Swallowhurst, on Bookhurst Road, which was formerly home to the Swallow Tiles factory.

In those luxurious and spatial surroundings, 25 local business people had the opportunity to network before sitting down to hear from Michael Miller, chairman of the Cranleigh History Society.

The history of Swallow’s Tiles Company from 1860 till its 2008 closure was the subject of his presentation.

The audience learned that until the 1950’s the clay was dug by hand, that their handmade tiles took 13 weeks to dry before firing and that manufacturing and warehousing conditions remained almost exactly as 100 years earlier right up until closure when it was still in the ownership of the Swallow family.

There were also many pictures of former employees who had worked there all their lives through a 1970’s strike, both in freezing and then overheated conditions. It was a tough working life for them.

Following a question and answer session, the assembled guests toured the five double bedroom show home.

The next breakfast networking event takes place on Wednesday 14th October at 7.30am, at the Hurtwood Polo Park where the speaker will be Hannah Staunton from Gatwick Airport.

This is a joint event with Surrey Chambers of Commerce and tickets are available via their website at

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Cranleigh in Bloom 2015 Prize Giving Tea Party

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce was pleased to be invited to the Cranleigh in Bloom 2015 Prize Giving Tea Party at Notcutts Garden Centre this afternoon.

Cranleigh in Bloom has been such a big success this year, with thanks to the incredible support of the volunteers, under the expert leadership of Gill “Mrs Ford” Bloom.

The project has promoted Civic Pride, encouraged people to get involved in their community and brought people together of all ages and of all abilities. It has been fabulous that so many of the shops have taken part and that the charity shops have been supported to take part.

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is already looking forward to Cranleigh in Bloom 2016, when the Chamber will be working with volunteers to bring stunning floral displays to the village.

Here are some photos from the Cranleigh in Bloom Prize Giving Tea Party this afternoon.

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Office to let in Cranleigh

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce member Michael Wilson Restorations has an office to let in Cranleigh from 1st October within their offices in Cranleigh.

Kent House

The room is £900 per quarter (ie £300/month) to include all utilities, council tax, cleaning etc. also free use of the kitchenette and other facilities.

Please call Michael Wilson on 01483 271733/271766 or email to more details.


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Memorable Cranleigh telephone number up for grabs

Memorable Cranleigh telephone number up for grabsCranleigh Chamber of Commerce member Robert Isherwood-Crook has a telephone number he no longer needs.

As it’s a memorable one, he thought a Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce member might like to take it over.

There’s no cost for the number though there may be to install it, dependent on whether it is fixed line or VoIP, and it would need to stay with his reseller for a minimum of 12 months. Robert tells us call costs are not exorbitant.

The number is 01483 271000.

If this is of interest, please leave a comment below and we will put you in touch with Robert directly.

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The first ever Great Cranleigh Bake off in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

The first ever Great Cranleigh Bake off in aid of Macmillan Cancer SupportRolling pins at the ready – Linden Homes and Maddalenas to host the first ever Great Cranleigh Bake off in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support!

Do you have what it takes to be crowned Cranleigh’s Star Baker? Could your baked goods give Mary Berry a run for her money? If so then the first ever Great Cranleigh Bake Off is the event for you!

Hosted by Linden Homes and Maddalenas, the event will be open to locals of all ages with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support as part of its ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ campaign.

In keeping with the UK’s favourite Wednesday night television show, entrants to the Great Cranleigh Bake Off can enter their creations into three categories; the Show Stopper, the Technical Challenge or the Signature Bake.

For the Show Stopper category entrants must create a novelty cake with a ‘House’ theme while those who enter the Technical Challenge must battle it out to produce the perfect pastry. The last of the categories will be for children only and split into two age ranges; 6-8 and 9-12, with participants creating their best signature cupcakes.

Entries will be judged on Saturday, 26th September 2015 at Swallowhurst, a development in Cranleigh by Linden Homes in partnership with Wates Developments, which comprises a collection of four, five and six-bedroom Arts and Craft-style homes, set in 33 acres of stunning historic woodland.

Don’t miss out on your chance to take home the title, rise to the challenge and create a bake to be proud of!

It’s a piece of cake to enter, simply fill out an entry form, which can be collected from Maddalenas Café Tea Room on Cranleigh High Street between 4th and 19th September, and pay the entry fee of £5.

Entrants will then be asked to present their creations at the Swallowhurst development, off Bookhurst Road, between 10am and 12 noon on Saturday 26th September, with the winners being announced at 4pm.         

Macmillan Cancer Support provides invaluable practical, financial and emotional support to people diagnosed with cancer. As well as supporting cancer patients Macmillan helps carers, families and communities, doing everything from funding nurses and other healthcare professionals to providing precious time off for carers.

For more information on the Great Cranleigh Bake Off visit

Entry forms can be collected from Maddalenas Café Tea Room, 6 Bank Buildings, 159 High Street, Cranleigh.

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