Cranleigh Rotary’s 50th anniversary year is being celebrated by a number of major public events and fundraising activities.
One of these was the Festival of Model Railways, which took place on 21 September. About 20 exhibits were on display along Village Way and inside the Village Hall, Guide HQ and the Band Room
Some 400 adults and children attended and the profits from the event, (including a top-up donation by the Club), were donated to Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice near Guildford.
On 8 November, Club President Richard Kenyon and Rotarian Tom Cornwell presented a cheque for £2,200 to Anne Bridgman, Head of Care at the hospice (see attached photo).
The following day, Cranleigh Rotary hosted a special 50th anniversary celebration in the village Arts Centre. The event highlighted Cranleigh Rotary’s history and current role in supporting Cranleigh and surrounding areas.
Invitations were sent to leading members of the community and speakers included the Mayor of Waverley, Cllr. Mary Foryszewski, as well as local historian Michael Miller and several Rotarians. Halfway through the afternoon there was musical entertainment by Rev. Roy Woodhams and others from St Nicolas Church.
Cranleigh Rotarians have also been busy helping with the collection of shoeboxes from local schools. These are filled with gifts for disadvantaged children in Romania who will otherwise have very little at Christmastide.
Rotarians have also held a very successful street collection in support of Children In Need.
On Sunday, 8 December, the popular Santa Dash will once more be taking place, with the start in Stocklund Square at 10am. Set up and registration is from 9am. and there will be a table of cakes and other goodies available to eat for all who pass by, shoppers, runners, family and friends! Entries are limited to 300 and all are encouraged to wear Santa outfits or buy them at the event for £3 each. There are even elves outfits for the youngsters!