Cranleigh Rotary News – October 2019

Romanian Children Shoebox Appeal 2019

Once again, parishioners at St. Nicolas Church and members of Cranleigh Rotary will organise the collection of generously donated, gift-filled shoeboxes that will be given to deprived children in Romania before Christmas. This annual collection from the community, and all the local schools, will principally take place in the period 9th– 13th November. Detailed leaflets and posters will be issued in early October.

Each donated box of gifts will be gender-specific and be suitable for one of three age groups between 4 and 16 years old. The six groups of boxes will then be placed in large cartons ready for transport by truck to Romania where Corneliu Medrea, Pastor of the Bethlehem Centre in Hunedoara, in western Romania, will distribute them among needy local families.

In 2018, as in previous years, the overall number of donated boxes exceeded one thousand. This number is also invariably enhanced by other gifted items, for example clothing and musical instruments.

Our gratitude, once again, to RDA for allowing us to use their barn at Casi’s Farm, Rowly Drive, for organising the donated boxes prior to loading the truck.

10k Charity Run

The Cranleigh 10k Run took place on Sunday, 8 September at 9.30am. The run was organised by Cranleigh Runners, in association with Cranleigh Rotary.

More than 120 people took part in the race, including two valiant young boys and their fathers. The weather was kind and the first runner over the line came in at 43 minutes, with the last one reaching the finishing tape at 1 hour 44 minutes. A special finish medal was presented to all participants.

Everyone enjoyed themselves and some winners collected a few bottles of wine, as well as their medals. The second placed runner donated his bottle to the last person over the line, who was very pleased to receive it! The event is expected to raise around £1,200 for Cranleigh Rotary’s local charities.

The scenic, undulating course followed Knowle Lane to Baynards Farm Estate entrance and on to Downs Link for the run to the finish in Snoxhall playing field.

Jill’s 50 Mile Sponsored Walk

Mentioned in the September magazine, Cranleigh Rotarian Jill Leslie will be celebrating the Club’s 50th anniversary year by taking part in a 50 mile sponsored walk across the Surrey Hills between Friday 4th and Sunday 6th October.

There is a Just Giving page for her sponsorship ( and details of the projects she is raising funds for can be found on our website –

If you would like to join in at any point, please contact Jill on 01483 275648. You can walk for your own charity or just join us for the fresh air and exercise.

The first day starts from Haslemere to Gibbert’s Mill, on to Witley station, passing through Hascombe ending at Gatestreet Farm Grafham. The second day covers from Gatestreet Farm to Pitch Hill, on to Broadmoor and ending at Ranmore. The final day starts at Ranmore Common, passing through Newlands Corner, the Sea Horse pub at Shalford, on to Bramley and ending on the Downslink through to Cranleigh Leisure Centre.

Join Rotary and Support Your Community

If you’d like to ‘give something back’, Rotary can give you the chance you’ve been waiting for. To find out about how to join Rotary – including details of open events and clubs near your home or where you work – visit our website and discover how you can make a world of difference, with Rotary.

Rotary membership is a lot of fun! Every club arranges parties and activities that provide a welcome distraction from hectic business life and the chance to forge new friendships with a host of like-minded people who share common goals.

Interested in joining? Contact John Greenwood on 01483-273095, or e-mail:

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