Month: November 2016

Big crowds brave the rain for the Cranleigh Christmas Lights switch-on

14915644_1437671612917492_2760127079453404486_nHundreds of families and spectators turned out to watch Father Christmas and Noddy switch on Cranleigh’s Christmas Lights on Saturday evening.

The event, organised by Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, was held in Fountain Square and Stocklund Square, and was preceded by an afternoon of live entertainment and family attractions.

There were superb performances on the main stage in Fountain Square from Surrey Hills Ukulele Big Band, Cranleigh Dance & Theatre Arts, The Wey, Lucina, SourKix, and Rev’d Roy Woodhams who led the audience in some festive carol singing.

The Christmas Lights were then switched on by Father Christmas and Noddy, who spent time in the High Street meeting families and having their photos taken, complete with Noddy’s distinctive toy car.

A number of local retailers and cafes stayed open later in the evening so shoppers could begin their festive shopping, accompanied by a performance in Stocklund Square by the Godalming Band, who launched their Christmas album later that evening with a special concert at the Methodist Church.

Visitors to the event enjoyed fairground rides, and craft, food and market stalls.

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Organisers Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce thanked all of the volunteers who made the event possible and the large number of business sponsors who contributed this year towards the £10,000 cost of the Christmas Lights and switch-on event.

A Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce spokesperson said:

“A big thank you to everyone who came along and braved the inclement weather to enjoy a fantastic event.

“The rain did its best to spoil our plans, causing a fuse to blow in Fountain Square just as our programme of live entertainment was about to get underway.

“But we don’t let a bit of water ruin our plans in Cranleigh and soldiered on to get the Christmas celebrations off to a fantastic start.”

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce’s selected charity for the event was Jigsaw Trust, which provides education and other services to children and young adults with autism. Jigsaw Trust volunteers raised £360 on the evening.

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Would you like to make a real difference for the people of Cranleigh and surrounding villages?

Rowleys Centre for the Community is entering a new phase of development, and growth, we are heading for the future. We need at least two new trustees to help us, (preferably three) not just to decide our direction but to work positively to achieve it.

Are you the people we need?

Finance

We need someone with financial knowledge and experience who can not only help us to keep our Finances in order, (normal input on SAGE is taken care of) and manage our charity’s resources, but can also become the Treasurer on the Board ensuring that this charity acts within its’ own governing document. Perhaps a retired accountant or finance manager, who is willing to act with reasonable care and skill to make our services a success.

Legal

In addition, we need someone who has good background knowledge of legal matters, who would be willing to study and understand charity law, and/or property law, as we hoping to acquire the premises next to Rowleys centre giving us a further boost towards growth.

We also hope to be granted a new lease by the Borough Council, which will give us the scope for progressing services which can make a difference to people’s lives. This Trustee’s place on the Board will supplement the HR knowledge held by the current chair.

General

If you are interested, but don’t fit the criteria above but are willing to spend some time understanding the way a charity works, and getting to know the rules, I would welcome your call.

Trustees are responsible for independent control and have a legal responsibility for their charity. This is an important unpaid role, and you are not expected to be perfect, just to do your best to comply.
Have a look at the Essential Trustee on www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-essential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-cc3.

If you like the idea of joining our Board, and becoming a Trustee of Rowleys Centre for the Community, please give Brenda Hobson a call on 01483 277155, (Rowleys), or 01730 815623 (Home)to discuss possibilities

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A digital future for Surrey

A new £2.4m business accelerator has been launched by the University of Surrey aimed at supporting the region’s high growth digital entrepreneurs.

The three-year accelerator programme is supported by the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership and will delivered by the University of Surrey through its award-winning SETsquared Partnership and local private and public partners.

The programme will be run from hubs in Basingstoke, Farnborough, Guildford and Woking and is set to attract talented tech entrepreneurs to and from the Enterprise M3 area with a portfolio of business acceleration support.

This includes entrepreneurship training and access to experienced mentors, venture investors and specialist services connected to the University’s 5G Innovation Centre.

Continue reading this article at http://www.bqlive.co.uk/2016/11/03/a-digital-future-for-surrey/

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Cranleigh Christmas Lights 2016

The official switch on of the Cranleigh Christmas Lights takes place at 6pm on Saturday 19th November 2016.

With Christmas rapidly approaching, thoughts are turning to the festive season. Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce invites you to join us for the official switch-on of the Cranleigh Christmas Lights on Saturday 19th November 2016.

This year’s event features an exciting programme of live entertainment, Christmas markets and food stalls, and late night shopping.

Why not make a day of it and do a spot of Christmas shopping with our independent retailers, get a bite to eat in the village restaurants or food market in Stocklund Square, and enjoy performances by some of Cranleigh’s best local talent.

Fountain Square will play host to a range of local musicians, choirs and performers, all hosted by Simon Rose from Eagle Radio.

Please share your photos of the event on Social Media using the hashtag #CranleighChristmas.

At 6pm Noddy and Santa officially switch on the Christmas Lights in Fountain Square.

Timetable of events

10am to 1pm – Christmas Tombola at Cranleigh Library

12pm to 7pm – Craft Markets outside Cranleigh Village Hall

2pm to 8pm – Street food and continental market stalls in Stocklund Square

11am to 7pm – Bensons Fun Fair Rides outside Boots and Cranleigh War Memorial

3.30pm to 7pm – Live entertainment in Fountain Square featuring Stagecoach Godalming, Surrey Hills Ukulele Big Band, Cranleigh Dance and Theatre Arts, Cranleigh Churches Together, The Wey, Lucina Pearson and SourKix.

5pm to 6pm – Meet Noddy and Santa in Fountain Square

5pm to 5.50pm – Godalming Brass Band in Stocklund Square

6pm – Lights switch-on in Fountain Square

7pm – Special concert by Godalming Brass Band at Cranleigh Methodist Church

Road closures for the Cranleigh Christmas Lights event

Cranleigh High Street will be closed to all traffic from 5pm to 7pm between Knowle Lane and Stocklund Square. The side roads alongside Fountain Square and Cranleigh War Memorial will be closed to all traffic all day.

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