Invite to Vintage tea time – Cranleigh Voices -Wednesday 28th Feb Band Room 3pm

Invite to Vintage tea time – Cranleigh Voices -Wednesday 28th Feb Band Room 3pm

 Wednesday 28th February 2024 3pm Please join us for Vintage Tea and Cakes – Cranleigh Voices – Saving History.

Please help us to find people who might not know about these special events.  It is so wonderful to listen to older people remembering how things were.

We invite those who have been born and grown up in and near Cranleigh to share their memories with us, allow us to record some memories and save them for people to watch and listen to.

We will chat and share memories, then record a few moments for posterity. We especially ask for memories about medical care, schools and shops.

Please do reply to   so that we know numbers.  or phone Sue 07946 590347

We are very happy to provide transport and assistance – please just ask.

ALSO 5pm on Wednesday 28th February, Band room, we will have our monthly Cranleigh society meeting and welcome members to join in – 5pm – finish at 6.30.


Very best wishes,

The Team

Christmas cards for sale

Christmas cards for sale

Cranleigh Heritage Trust has some special Christmas cards for sale. Please contact Sue, or pop into the Arts Centre, to grab yours.
We are selling great products, and raising awareness about Napper Cottage Project – the 15th Century Grade II listed building at Cranleigh Village Hospital. This cottage (not the rest of the Day Hospital) is no longer in use and in dire need of investment – then the whole community will benefit.
Sue 07946 590 347. £2 each. Thank you.
Cranleigh Heritage Trust update

Cranleigh Heritage Trust update

Cranleigh Village Hospital’s Heritage Cottage

As we have written about before, Cranleigh Village Hospital’s 15th century,  Grade II listed Heritage Cottage Is no longer used.

Cranleigh Heritage Trust’s   Napper Cottage* Project sets out to save the cottage, and bring it into use for the benefit of our community, providing lovely rooms for hire and great experiences.

NHS – we celebrate the start of the NHS in 1948 here in Cranleigh. Since then, Doctors, Nurses, administrative staff and patients’ relatives have enjoyed meetings, coffee, tea, cake and comfort in the cottage until around 10 years ago. Meanwhile patients in the rest of the buildings were always supported by the community.

NEW INITIATIVE   Cranleigh Society volunteers are working on setting up a new Charitable trust, applying for grants for repairs, creating a business case for this project, drawing up architects’ plans, applying for planning permissions needed for the GII listed  changes being sought, and a peppercorn rent lease with NHS.

 Meetings –  There will be provision of small and moderate sized meeting rooms for the use of the people of Cranleigh. These would be available for social, health and wellbeing group meetings and therapy sessions.

Learning – The cottage could also be used for educational purposes for all ages including schools visits, local societies, voluntary groups and hobby organisations.

History – The cottage is a fascinating 15th century building that has not been altered much over the centuries.  Step inside to experience its charm. There will be some hospital and other local historical items, and there is potential for small scale museum if further space should become available. Guided history tours of the building and also Cranleigh are being planned, with, perhaps, pop up vintage teas at the end.

High Street centre and Information hub – This historical building is much loved and an integral part of  the High Street – opening it up helps with attracting locals and visitors to Cranleigh and helping with information, interest, learning and fun.

Visits – explore this beautiful building’s rooms including upstairs.  Admire the ancient lathe and plaster construction, beams and fireplaces. Full disabled access will be available to ground floor rooms. Browse through the historical items displayed.

Investigate the original surgery story of 1849 and how surgery and medicine have advanced, and be inspired to consider a future health and social care career.

Napper cottage* – newly agreed name by Cranleigh society volunteers for Cranleigh Village Hospital’s 15th century Grade II listed heritage cottage

Cranleigh Society’s new Cranleigh Heritage Trust has embarked on the journey to bring Napper Cottage back to life, bringing benefits to Cranleigh High Street and our community. Once restored the rooms will be managed and run by volunteers.  We will enjoy working with those who bring health and well-being benefits to a wide range of people and groups, and also those providing learning and educational opportunities.

Please assist us here – we have a long journey ahead.  Here are some questions we would like answers to please, you can email or reply publicly.

Cranleigh is a great place to live, work and play – do you find its history interesting too? Would you like to find out more about Napper Cottage’s place in England’s history, the way it was built in the 15th century, and the fascinating stories around the building and Cranleigh and surroundings? 

When you arrived in Cranleigh how did you find out what is going on, and where you can, for example, go for a walk, or a class or toddler group, or transport options?

Do you participate in any local clubs, organisations, classes in Cranleigh or nearby?

Do you use any community support services, and if so are they in Cranleigh, or do you have to travel – how easy is this? 

Would you like more information the Napper Cottage project?  if so remember to send you contact details so we can contact you.  

Thanks so much



7pm Wednesday 1st Dec. Cranleigh Band Room, Public Meeting, Cranleigh Society

Hello, thank you to all our supporters, especially our paid-up members – and please remember to join us in the Band Room, Village Way, this Wednesday at 7pm – refreshments will be served.

We have guest speakers to explain some of what is happening about developments around the village, including planning, taxes, the roads, canal and walking routes.

We will also have about 15 minutes of “business” – formal Annual General Meeting – where members are invited to step up and join the working group, and also to vote in a Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.  We would be delighted if there are any new nominations to join the Society’s committee?

There will be a special proposal about forming a new charity – a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) – to take on the project of conserving the fabric of the 15th century Cottage Hospital building. This project can now formally start as we are in receipt of a grant that will cover costs (legal, surveys, administrative) through to the stage where we can apply for further grants to undertake building works. The Society will ask members to discuss this and approve the setting up of the CIO.

This new charitable body, Cranleigh Heritage Trust, is seeking volunteers with relevant skills and talents interested in helping this project succeed. We are looking for a Treasurer and administrator plus anyone who can provide legal support.

We hope you are all well and look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!  The chairs will be well spaced out and we will have sanitiser at the door!

Invite to Vintage tea time – Cranleigh Voices -Wednesday 28th Feb Band Room 3pm

1st December 7pm Band Room Public Meeting Cranleigh Civic Society


7 pm Wednesday 1st December 2021


Thank you to all our loyal members -we couldn’t do it without you!

Everyone is invited to come along and join in, whether you are a member or not.

Refreshments – tea, coffee, other drinks, biscuits and cakes – free.

Display boards of information and up to date news & 5 Brief Talks

Infrastructure, New housing,

Wey & Arun canal at Elmbridge Road,

Save our History! 15th Century cottage at our village hospital,

Surrey Wildlife Trust, Cranleigh’s Rivers and Waterways, wildlife & pollution

 Our 3 councils and what they do for us,

MP and what she does for us, Flood forum

Local amenities- Rowleys, Hoppa Bus, Arts Centre, Leisure Centre, Tennis courts, Knowle Park, Band room, Centenary Garden, Beryl Harvey field, Parks, Library, websites, hospital, GPs and what is Social Prescribing?  And what is One Public Estate??

AGM Election of officers for Cranleigh Society – Chair, Treasurer, Secretary

Chairman Trevor, Secretary Sue, Treasurer Diane,

Plus Chris, Howard, Bob, Coral, Lorraine, James & Thomas

Contact email –    website