Month: December 2018

Business Improvement District workshops

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce has been working with Waverley Borough Council and the other three Chambers in Waverley to investigate the viability of a Business Improvement District (BID).

Business Improvement District (BID) is a partnership between a local authority and local businesses which is intended to provide improvements to the public sphere within a specified geographical area.

BIDs are funded in whole or in part by a levy on non- domestic ratepayers.

To find out more about this BID project and what it could deliver for Cranleigh, we invite all Cranleigh businesses to attend a workshop at Cranleigh Bandroom at 5.30pm on Thursday 24th January 2019.

Book your place today by email to or by calling 01483 523088.

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Dates for your diary in 2019

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce has made plans for a busy events calendar in 2019.

We are hosting a series of networking meetings, featuring three breakfasts and two lunches.

New on Cranleigh Chamber networking calendar next year is Network, Walk & Talk event in June, incorporating a social walk with a pub visit at the end.

Our annual dinner and AGM takes place in April at Cranleigh Golf & Country Club.

We’re also pleased to host our annual summer BBQ in July.

In terms of community events, the Chamber is hosting Spring into Cranleigh in April, Cranleigh Shops into Autumn in September, and the Cranleigh Christmas Lights Switch On event in November.

We’re also pleased next year to be involved in a brand new event; the Cranleigh Business Show in the Village Hall in February.

Details of all of these events, including links to book online, can be found now at

We are still looking for interesting speakers for some of these events, so please do email if you would like to speak on a topical business issue.

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Record turnout for Cranleigh Santa Dash

Cranleigh Santa Dash 2018

The 2nd annual Cranleigh Santa Dash saw fun runners of all ages tackle a 5km or 10km route around the village this morning.

Organised by Rotary Club of Cranleigh, Cranleigh Sunflowers and Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by Informed Choice Independent Financial Planners, the event raised more than £1,000 which will be distributed equally to Park Mead, Cuthbert Mayne, Cranleigh Infants and Ewhurst Infants primary schools.

Runners were treated to a very special warm up led by Lucy Bushnell from Cranleigh Sunflowers, doing their best to keep up with exercises linked to lines in the 12 Days of Christmas.

The event was officially started by Father Christmas himself, who (with help from Cranleigh Lions) made his way down from the North Pole especially for the Santa Dash.

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Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust planning application

Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust is inviting statements of support for its planning application (WA/2018/1966) for the erection of a building to provide an 80 bed care home including 20 community beds together with a building to provide health workers accommodation. This proposal is for the Knowle Lane site, south of John Wiskar Drive.

You can review the plans at where it is possible comment on the application.

Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust (CVHT), in partnership with HC-One, NHS Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group (G&W CCG), Surrey County Council (SCC) and the Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH), is proposing the return of free at the point of access community beds to Cranleigh.

The project will deliver 20 community beds for both NHS and SCC nursing care, prioritised for patients from Cranleigh and the surrounding villages, replacing the 14 beds in Cranleigh Village Hospital that were closed in 2006. In addition, the project will create affordable accommodation for healthcare workers employed locally.

The application is also being discussed by Cranleigh Parish Council at their Planning Committee meeting on Monday evening at 7pm, at Snoxhall Pavilion. You may wish to attend this meeting to find out more and share your views with our Parish Councillors.

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is supportive of the plans, bringing back much needed community beds to the village along with affordable housing options for locally employed healthcare workers.

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