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Cranleigh Rotary Steams Ahead on 50th Anniversary Year

Cranleigh Rotary’s 50th anniversary year is being celebrated by a number of major public events and fundraising activities.

The next event will be the Festival of Model Railways, which will take place along Village Way on Saturday, 21 September, 10 am – 5 pm. The festival will include some 20 layouts provided by Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire Model Railway Clubs. These will include a layout of the old Cranleigh station. Outside there will be stalls to browse and, hopefully, a static steam engine in operation.

One layout will be available for anyone to ‘drive’. Another layout, with a value of at least £250, will be raffled at the end of the festival. Raffle tickets are available at £1 each, in advance, at Celebration Cakes, the local Scouts and Oakwood Business Consultants.

There will also be an opportunity to vote for your favourite layout and a photo competition to enter. Take an interesting photo at the exhibition, upload it to by 5 October, and, if you win, your photo will be printed and framed professionally by Frames Are Us.

The entrance fee will be £6 for adults and £2 for children. All profits will be donated to CHASE Children’s Hospice near Guildford.

More information can be obtained from the organiser, Rotarian Tom Cornwell, at Celebration Cakes on the High Street in Cranleigh, or from Jane Briggs at Oakwood Business Consultant (phone 01483 276100 or email; ).

50 Mile Sponsored Walk

Looking further ahead, Rotarian Jill Leslie will be marking the Club’s 50th anniversary walk with a 50 mile sponsored walk from Friday 4th to Sunday, 6th October. Jill will follow the Greensand Way, traverse the Surrey Hills and finish on Downs Link at Cranleigh. She is hoping that as many people as possible will join her for at least part of the walk.

The walk will raise funds for two Rotary-supported charities in Zambia. The Jaipur Limb Project helps to fit prosthetics to people who have lost limbs, enabling them to work and earn a living. The Foundation School for disadvantaged 7 to 19-year-olds and their families.aims to help children into work.

If you would like to take part in the walk, donate, or find out more, please contact Jane Briggs (daytime number 01483-276100) or Jill Leslie (evenings on 01483-275648). A JustGiving website is also being created.  

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