Category: Events

Cranleigh Christmas Lights 2016

DSC_3747Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is busy making plans for the annual Christmas Lights Switch-On Event which takes place this year on Saturday 19th November.

Our goal this year is to create a family event with a festive atmosphere and late night shopping. We are getting in touch with our members today to give you advance notice of the date and invite your business to participate.

The centre piece for the event this year is the programme of live entertainment in Fountain Square, starting at 4pm and finishing at 7pm.

The entertainment will be hosted by DJ Simon Rose from Eagle Radio and will feature a variety of local bands and performers.

The lights will be switched on at 6pm; this is 30 minutes earlier than last year to cater for families with younger children.

Cranleigh High Street will be closed from 5pm to 7pm between the Village Hall roundabout and Stocklund Square roundabout, allowing access to both car parks. The service road alongside the War Memorial and alongside Fountain Square will be closed all day. These road closures are important to ensure the safety of visitors to the event.

In addition to the live entertainment, there will also be a food market in Stocklund Square and a range of craft stalls in the area of the Village Hall, as well as the usual fairground rides by the War Memorial and Boots.

It would be fantastic if your business could take part on the day by decorating your window display with a Festive theme, having late night opening hours, running a special promotion or offer for customers, or taking your trading out onto the street (subject of course to the usual rules and permissions).

For any Social Media mentions about the event, please use the hashtag #CranleighChristmas.

The Christmas Lights are expensive to supply and install, so this event relies on the generosity of Chamber members and other local donors.

It will cost us £10,000 this year to display the Christmas Lights and stage the event itself.  Funds raised by members of the Chamber Christmas 100 Club go some way towards covering the cost, but additional financial support and sponsorship is always needed.

We ask local businesses to consider sponsoring the Cranleigh Christmas Lights for £50 or more. Details of the Christmas 100 Club can be found on our website at, including an application for membership.

If you are not already a Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce member, we encourage you to join today. Membership is only £50 a year for businesses with up to 5 employees, and your membership gives the Chamber a stronger voice to represent local enterprise.

We draw our members from all sectors of the business, industrial and trading community ranging from large companies to sole traders, start-ups and retired individuals. Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is also an affiliated partner of the Surrey Chamber of Commerce.

A new initiative for this year is the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Christmas Window Competition.  More details about this will be published here soon.

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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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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.

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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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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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Chamber Summer BBQ raises over £400 for Cranleigh Christmas Lights

Chamber Summer BBQ raises over £400 for Cranleigh Christmas LightsGuests attending the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Summer BBQ yesterday evening raised more than £400 towards the cost of the Cranleigh Christmas Lights.

With attendance at the event more than doubling compared to last year, the Chamber Summer BBQ at The Richard Onslow was perfectly timed to coincide with the arrival of the British summer.

More than 40 Chamber members enjoyed delicious BBQ food and refreshing glasses of Pimms, and an evening of socialising with local business leaders.

Hosting the event, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce president Richard Graham reflected on a successful year for the Chamber, with membership now standing at 123 local businesses.


Richard also thanked committee member John Taylor of The Richard Onslow for his valuable contribution to Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce over the past year. John is moving to Devon with his family this summer.

A draw was held for the 100 Club, with Cockerill Shoes winning the £100 prize this quarter.

100 Club chairman Roger Coupe encouraged more Chamber members to sign-up for this initiative, which offers a predictable source of funding towards the Cranleigh Christmas Lights each year.


A raffle offered prizes kindly donated by members Santa Fir, Charlotte Hunter Nutrition and Travel Retail Training.

Christine Martin of Travel Retail Training also generously donated gift bags for every guest.

Our next events are an awards evening for participants in the Chamber’s Up Your Game customer service programme, taking place on Tuesday 9th August, and an evening networking event at Rudgwick Brickworks on Wednesday 14th September.

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Breakfast at Cranleigh School

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce members were treated to breakfast, networking and an informative presentation at Cranleigh School this morning.

The venue for our June networking breakfast was the Reading Room at Cranleigh School, with headmaster Martin Reader presenting a potted history of the school before sharing details of its business model and future plans.

Guests were fascinated to hear the story of Cranleigh School along with its role as the largest employer in Cranleigh, employing over 350 staff and making extensive use of local businesses for other services.

Cranleigh School is a community focused institution, with many pupils and staff playing an ongoing role in various aspects of village life.

Chamber members heard about how seriously Cranleigh School takes its responsibilities to the village as a large local employer and how it plans to sensitively manage any future growth in an increasingly global economy.

Following breakfast, Chamber members were taken on a guided tour of the school, learning about the history of the buildings and hearing some interesting stories about how life at the school used to be.

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Additional panel members announced for Cranleigh Decides

With less than a week to go until the Cranleigh Decides – EU Referendum Debate, two additional panel members have been announced.

Nick Hopkinson and Ian Brown are joining Mark Nottingham and Harry Aldridge to form the expert panel for this debate.

Representing the Remain side is Nick Hopkinson.

Nick is chairman of the Liberal Democrat European Group (LDEG) and chairman of London4Europe, the London branch of the European Movement.

During Nick’s 23 year career at Wilton Park, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s policy forum, Nick progressed to Director, including acting as chief executive for a year.

He wrote more than 100 policy reports and articles, notably on the Eurozone crisis, the EU ‘Budget’, world trade negotiations, financial regulation, the EU constitutional treaty, EU accession, and lessons of the EU’s Eastern Accession for the Arab Spring.

On the Leave side of the debate, Ian Brown is South East Chairman for Business for Britain, the cross-party business campaign for Britain to Vote Leave.

He is Managing Director of Portsmouth based Industrial Maintenance Services Ltd (IMS) which he founded in 2003. Previously, Ian worked in London having founded marketing services group Fennstreet in 1991.

Ian has never been a member of any political party. He has two teenage daughters and lives on the Isle of Wight.

Tickets for Cranleigh Decides are only £5 each, with all proceeds going towards the cost of the Cranleigh Christmas Lights this year.

You can find out more and book your tickets online at

Space at this debate is strictly limited and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Our main sponsor for this event is Hart Brown.

Hart Brown is a leading law firm with offices throughout Surrey and in London.

Established in 1919, their continued success and ability to build long term relationships has been based upon their unique understanding of the law and their clients and their commitment to making the process as straightforward as possible, in the most professional way.

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Cranleigh Decides – EU Referendum Debate

Cranleigh Decides - EU Referendum DebateFollowing the success of our recent sold-out EU Referendum Debate, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is bringing the event back to the village next month.

Join us at Cranleigh Arts Centre at 7pm on Tuesday 14th June 2016 for a robust panel debate and an opportunity to get your EU Referendum questions answered by experts from both sides of the argument.

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Our panelists will take questions from the audience on a range of subjects including the economy, immigration and sovereignty, in order to debate the facts, figures and speculation.

We have invited Mark Nottingham and Harry Aldridge to participate in this debate, expertly chaired by Philip Calvert.

Mark Nottingham is Head of Office for Mary Honeyball MEP. He is a lecturer on Europe at the Civil Service College and Member of the Executive of the East Kent European Movement.

Harry Aldridge is director of and former UKIP parliamentary candidate for Guildford. Harry is back by popular demand after featuring in our first panel debate.

Our chairman for the debate is Philip Calvert; a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association and an award-winning social networking entrepreneur.

If you need help making up your mind ahead of the big vote the following week, or simply want to better understand each side of the argument, this panel debate will educate, inform and entertain.

We will be conducting confidential polls before and after the panel debate, to understand how Cranleigh might be voting in the referendum.

Tickets for Cranleigh Decides are only £5 each with all proceeds helping to fund the Cranleigh Christmas Lights this year. Space at this debate is strictly limited and tickets must be purchased in advance.

The event is generously sponsored by Hart Brown Solicitors.

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When Chamber members across Waverley meet

When Chamber members across Waverley meetMembers of Farnham, Cranleigh and Godalming Chambers are coming together to meet, socialise and network at the newly re-furbished and upgraded Frensham Pond Hotel.

The hotel is nestled against the stunningly beautiful Frensham Pond and has recently been upgraded by the AA from 3 to 4 Stars in recognition of its excellent quality service and standards across all areas of the business.

Join us on Thursday 16th June from 5.30pm to enjoy a welcome drink and some networking.

An exquisite finger food buffet will be served at around 6.15 pm.

All this for £12 which you can book here.

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