Breakfast with The Brooking National Collection

Members of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce enjoyed a hearty breakfast at Rowleys Centre for the Community this morning.

Our speaker was Charles Brooking, founder of The Brooking National Collection, which is based here in Cranleigh.

Charles Brooking’s passion for architectural detail began back in 1956 when he was just three, and fascinated by the stylised 1930’s Bakelite house numbers he saw on neighbours’ front gates.

In the years since then he has allowed nothing to stand in the way of his determination to preserve telling mementos of Britain’s built heritage.

For 24 years he was Senior Lecturer in Architectural Detail at the University of Greenwich, teaching aspiring students and architectural professionals from all over the world.

Joint winner of the National Art Collections Award in 1987, he is a widely-recognised consultant in his field. Rarely does a day go by when he does not receive a call for advice from major government establishments, local planning authorities or leading architects in conservation.

Guests this morning were shown several examples of pieces from the collection and heard entertaining stories about Charles and his (sometimes dangerous) salvaging exploits!

This video shows several examples of architecture in Cranleigh:

Our next event is the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Summer BBQ at The Richard Onslow on Thursday 20th July. Tickets are £20 each or £35 for a pair. You can book them here.

Our BBQ is a social event, so please bring partners and friends too!

We will be holding a raffle, with a difference! We would like as many members as possible to pledge or donate their skills or product as a raffle prize. It could be a consultation, advice, assessment, taste, test, etc; in other words, a prize that promotes your business whilst giving something!

All proceeds from this raffle will go towards the cost of running the Cranleigh Christmas Lights, which this year is forecast to cost the Chamber more than £20,000.

If you would like to donate a raffle prize, please email Christine at or call 07811 372891 with any questions.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner 2019

    April 11 @ 19:00 - 22:00
  2. Spring into Cranleigh 2019

    April 27 @ 10:00 - 16:00
  3. Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Lunch May 2019

    May 13 @ 12:00 - 13:30
  4. Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Network, Walk & Talk

    June 18 @ 18:00 - 19:30
  5. Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Summer BBQ 2019

    July 18 @ 19:00 - 22:00