The Frankie Howerd OBE Trust
Open days and charity events at Wavering Down House and Gardens have so far raised more than £75,000 for good causes.
Highlights at Frankie Howerd’s former home in Cross, near Cheddar, Somerset, UK, have included:
An Up Pompeii party
A concert with The Wurzels
A classic car rally
Opera by singer Tim Pitman
Jazz in the Garden
Tribute bands Abba 2 Bjorn Belief and Kings of Queen
Many charities, primarily in the South West of England, have been helped by money raised at these events.
Click on the list on the left to see a selection of excerpts from the lovely thank-you letters we have received.
FAMOUS GOOD WISHES
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Alzheimer’s Society (North Somerset Branch)
Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to fundraise at Wavering Down during the Spring Bank Holiday. Despite the awful weather, we managed to raise more than £400 over the weekend.
Avalon Camps, Mark, Somerset
I am writing to thank you for your kindness in sending me a cheque for £122.50 towards the funding of Avalon Camps. I am very grateful to you for considering us as one of the beneficiaries of your excellent and enterprising ‘Open Gardens’ in memory of Frankie Howerd. Yes, we did have another very successful two weeks of our Camps for 64 disadvantaged children. It never ceases to amaze me that, after 20 years, I manage to galvanise the goodwill of so many young people and villagers from Mark and Allerton to assist in running them. In all, almost 200 people give their time and effort in some form or another. Back in January, I was particularly anxious about the future of the camps because we had so little money in the bank account. However, as the former Rector of Mark used to say when he set up the camps: ‘God will provide’ and He certainly did. Many people rallied round and between them raised in the region of £10,000 with fundraising events of one sort and another. For two small villages to do this is little short of a miracle! We were able, among other things, to purchase 14 much-needed new large-capacity tents, repair the canvas roof of our marquee, which blew down in a gale during the first camp, and install a new shower. We need each year to raise at least £6,000 to cover the everyday running of the camps and to have cash in hand for any capital expenditure. Once again, very many thanks for your consideration of our cause and for the cheque.
Burnham & Highbridge Sea Cadets, Somerset
Re: Frankie Howerd Garden Open Days
May I offer our thanks for your donation of £1,000, which has been dedicated to the new classroom and galley extension. So far we have raised £12,500 towards the project, which has an estimated cost of £45,000. Clearly your donation makes a significant contribution towards that target. May I thank you both for your continued support and hope that you will continue to do so.
Re: Frankie Howerd Garden Open Days
I have not seen you for some months and have therefore been unable to keep you informed of what the Unit is doing with the monies raised by the Garden Open Days.
Monies raised by the provision of teas £485.10
Donation from overall funds raised £500.00
This money was used to improve the Unit’s buildings. The boathouse roof was repaired and the door replaced with a larger one in order that our rescue boat could be out of the weather and in a secure storage.
Monies raised by the provision of teas £198.80
Donation from overall funds raised £700.00
This money was dedicated to our new extension, which is a three-year project to provide new classroom space, better storage and a larger modern galley. The estimated cost of this work is £40k. The money raised from the Garden Open Days is therefore a significant contribution towards this sum.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for allowing us to be involved in your fundraising activities for local charities.
On behalf of Burnham & Highbridge Sea Cadets, may I thank you for your generous donation of £500. We are in the process of extending the cadet building in Burnham and intend that the money raised will go towards providing the extra facilities needed. Our association with you and Wavering Down House has been a lot of fun and I hope it will continue. I think Frankie would be proud of you and your support of local charities.
Burnham-on-Sea RC Church
Takings for the R.C. Church, Burnham-on-Sea, at the cream tea events 2005 and 2006: £1,004.12.
Cheddar Local Action Team
On behalf of the Cheddar Local Action Team, I would like to give you our grateful thanks for your recent sponsorship and the encouraging letter you sent. I wish you a good season at Wavering Down.
Children’s Hospice South West
Thank you so much for your generosity in supporting Children’s Hospice South West and for the lovely donation of £1,530.00 as a result of the concerts by Tim Pitman and The Wurzels. Your thoughtful and kind support for the life-limited children of the South West is truly appreciated. With the recent opening of our second hospice, Charlton Farm, near Bristol, and with the launch of our new ‘Precious Lives’ appeal for a third, much-needed facility, this time in Cornwall, it is more important now, than ever, that we continue to have the support of local people. Thank you once again for your generous support and for helping us make the most of short and precious lives.
On behalf of the Children’s Hospice South West, I would like to thank you for all that you do for the children’s hospice. We really do appreciate you opening Frankie Howerd’s garden and house for us and allowing us to hold events there. The cream tea on June 10 was a success despite the rain in the late afternoon. The cheque for the gate money was made out to Children’s Hospice South West and was banked directly into their account — thank you.
Our new hospice, Charlton Farm at Wraxall, opened on April 30 this year and already we have had a number of families staying. I met one family recently and they said it was wonderful. It is thanks to people like you that we have been able to achieve this need for another children’s hospice. Sadly, this is an on-going commitment to fundraising, as we need £3million to run it each year. Again, many thanks for all you do and looking forward to our next visit to your garden on September 23 for another cream tea.
I am writing on behalf of the Mendip group of the Children’s Hospice South West to thank you both for the opportunity to sell cream teas at Wavering Down. With the money raised on the day and our share of the gate, we raised a grand total of £790.00, which was amazing! Thanks again.
Thank you so much for all your hard work in organising the art exhibition and open days at Wavering Down. I have been informed that the picture of Charlton Farm raised £50.00. We are so grateful for all your support. It is due to people like yourselves that our fund currently stands at over £10million. Thank you again for your generous support.
Now that the open house, cream teas have finished, I feel I must write and thank you for all your hard work with the media, etc. The Children’s Hospice South West raised £403.75 from the teas and stall on that day. It was very busy but, when we did have time to speak to people, we found that they came from Bournemouth and Devon as well as local caravan parks, friends and family. So thanks again for all your help.
On behalf of Churchill Music! and Churchill Primary School, I write to thank you so much for the most generous donation to Churchill Primary School, enabling the purchase of ten, quarter-size violins. This will allow every child in Year 2 to have a chance to learn on a good instrument. Vivienne Price, patron of Churchill Music! and founder of the National Children’s Orchestras (nine in all!) will be teaching the children, which is where Churchill Music! comes in. You may already be aware that there are numerous reports which clearly conclude that learning a musical instrument in school benefits the individual in many other ways — numeracy, literacy and, of course, social skills — learning to be part of a team, listening to others, co-ordination etc. So your most generous donation will be valued for a long time to come. Thank you so much again for your wonderful cheque, which has done so much to support this valuable project.
Crook Peak Parish, Somerset
I would like to express thanks on behalf of Compton Bishop Church, Loxton Church, Weare Church and Contact for your generous donations, which are very much appreciated. I know the various fundraising events demand a great deal of time and energy, and you are to be commended for your efforts in aid of local charities. Once again, sincere thanks for your generosity.
Crook Peak Project, Somerset
Income from Wavering Down open day 2005
May 30: Wavering Down cream teas and stalls £570.00
October 02: Share of gate monies £356.86
Income from Wavering Down open day 2006
July 01: Wavering Down cream teas and stalls £427.00
November: Share of gate monies £311.20
Thank you for the cheque for £311.20. This will be winging its way to Sri Lanka to conclude the work which we started at the orphanage some 20 months ago. During the last 22 months since the tsunami struck people surrounding the Indian Ocean, we in Crook Peak Parish, together with friends, have raised the incredible sum of £16,300 — of this, over £15,000 has been spent on the Joseph Vas Children’s Home. The children’s home now has a new extension. We have provided 30 sets of bunk beds (to sleep 60 children) and 30 bedside cabinets (one cabinet to two children), as well as new toilet facilities. Chris and Dennis, thank you both for your support in allowing us one of your charity days in each of the last two years at Wavering Down.
Thank you very much for opening your house and garden yesterday and giving us the opportunity to raise funds for the Crook Peak Project in Sri Lanka. We had a good day, all the visitors were friendly and appreciated the home-baking we provided for the refreshments. Everything for the teas, etc. was donated and our profit for this was £183.45, which was very good. The stalls and a generous donation will make nearly £200.
Thank you for the cheque for £356.86, received with grateful thanks. This will be winging its way to Sri Lanka to pay for further work.
Cross Memorial Hall, Somerset
On behalf of the Cross Memorial Hall Management Committee, I am writing to thank you very much indeed for your generous donation of £50 to the Hall Funds. We appreciate your kind comments with regard to the facilities which our hall offers, and hope you will continue to find it of use for your charitable events in the future.
Friends of Axbridge Church, Axbridge, Somerset
As you know, we held an enjoyable charity event at Wavering Down House last summer. We provided cream teas and retained money received. In November you were kind enough to send us a cheque for £311.20. Thank you again for helping us raise funds for the Friends of Axbridge Church.
Friends of St Gregory’s Church, Weare, Somerset
I write to thank you for your kind donation to the Friends of St Gregory’s, Weare, from your recent fundraising events. I would like to say that your generosity and thoughtfulness is appreciated.
Thank you very much for your help with our fundraising in the last two years. Your generosity in giving us the opportunity to sell teas at the Open Gardens, coupled with your subsequent donations, has enabled over £1,300 to be given to St Gregory’s Church, Weare.
Thank you very much for your recent contribution to St Gregory’s Church, Weare. The monies will be used for the care and maintenance of the church building. We really appreciate all your efforts and are very grateful that you included us in the events.
Friends of Weare Church, Somerset
Thank you very much for your generous £100 donation to Friends of Weare Church. Our old listed building needs continuous upkeep and your donation is much appreciated. We need to repair the porch doors and have some work done on the stone plinths. All monies in our account go directly to the upkeep of the building.
Headway Somerset (The Brain Injury Association)
I am pleased to confirm that, from the records of Headway Somerset, the three events of ‘Jazz in the Garden’ netted a total of £8,987.33.
This was made up as follows:
1. 2004 — £4,040.00
2. 2005 — £3,960.00
3. 2006 — £987.33
Total — £8,987.33
I am writing to thank you for the tremendous work you have done in raising funds for Headway. As you know, several of our staff attended these events and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They were impressed with the organisation and the amount of work that must have gone into the arrangements. For the jazz event, the organisation of the publicity, printing, sales, raffle, booking of the bands, bar and pork roast must have taken a lot of your time and we are greatly indebted to you for all your efforts.
The helicopter rides were a particularly brilliant idea. I am aware that Headway has been important to you for many years and you have done a great job in obtaining publicity for our charity. Amongst other things, the money you have raised on this occasion will purchase some much needed speech therapy for clients who have difficulty in communicating and this will make a real difference to their lives. These are people whose lives have been turned upside down, who will never be the same again, and anything we can do to improve the quality of their lives, and those of their families, means so much to them. Providing therapy is something we have been wanting to do for some time but not had the funds, so your donation will be very welcome. So may I thank you again, on behalf of our clients, for your magnificent efforts and I do hope that you will continue to support us. I feel sure that Frankie would have been delighted that his house is being used for such a worthy cause.
Wendy Simpson has very kindly sent us a huge cheque for Headway for which we are absolutely delighted. On behalf of Headway, I would like to say thank you for all your fundraising efforts. Wendy mentioned in her letter what a tremendous amount of work you put in. I am sure we will be able to put it to good use. Thank you once again.
On behalf of Headway Somerset, I would like to thank you so much for your kind donation of two teddy bears and for organising the Easter raffle, which brought in a grand total of £678 altogether. The money will be going towards the work that we do at the Headway Houses and some day trips throughout the summer for our clients who have a brain injury.
Locking Primary School, North Somerset
I am writing to express our thanks for the kind donation of £125, which will be used to purchase a class set of recorders. Hopefully, there will be a bit left to buy ear plugs for the staff too! The children in our Year 3-4 class have really enjoyed taking part in their weekly recorder lessons and will be thrilled to have their own recorders to use.
Loxton & Christon Village Hall & Churches, Somerset
I am writing as churchwarden of St Mary’s, Christon, to thank you so much for our share of the gate monies from your open gardens. It must be very pleasing for you to know that so many charities and local groups have benefited from your generosity. I hope you will get lots of support in the future.
On behalf of Loxton Church Committee, I am writing to thank you very much for the kind donation you have made to Loxton Church of £104.00.
Your gift is greatly appreciated and will go a long way to help with the running costs of the church. The time and effort you give to opening up your home to raise money for local organisations is greatly appreciated.
Thank you both so much for the use of your lovely garden on July 15. All of us really appreciate the huge amount of work that went into preparing the garden and the house, and all your advertising. Although not so many people as we hoped, we made £180 (total takings just over £200). It was a lovely day and all the helpers thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
I thought I would write and say thank you for letting us have the opportunity to help with the cream teas during the open gardens you held on August Bank Holiday. All our committee enjoyed being involved and it was beneficial. Thank you again.
Thank you for the opportunity to use the gardens over the Bank Holiday for the laudable cause, funds in part for St Mary’s Church, Christon. Will you please pass on our thanks also to those who so kindly provided facilities such as car parking, without which the event would have been severely handicapped.
I would like to thank you very much indeed on behalf of the Loxton Church Committee for all your help and hard work to make our fundraising a success. It was a lovely weekend and the money raised will help to keep our medieval church in good repair. You have had a very busy but successful summer.
I am writing to thank you again for your generosity in inviting us to use your garden during the summers of 2005 and 2006. I represent Christon and Loxton Churches and Loxton Village Hall. £1,294.56 was raised during three days and this money was equally divided between the two churches and the hall.
We were amazed today to receive another cheque for Loxton Village Hall and Christon and Loxton Churches. What a huge amount you were able to share between so many charities — all as a result of your unstinting efforts in memory of Frankie. You must feel a great sense of fulfilment and so you should — we all know how much effort you put into what has become a large project. This letter is on behalf of Loxton Village Hall Committee — the churches are writing their own letters! We are very grateful for an added opportunity to raise extra funds towards the never-ending upkeep of an old and well-used community facility.
Mid-Somerset Alzheimer’s Society
We would all like to thank you for being so welcoming and giving us such an interesting and enjoyable afternoon at Wavering Down. The words ‘homely’ and ‘comfortable’ came up frequently and it was so full of memories of Frankie Howerd’s great career in showbiz. The garden was a restful hideaway beneath the Mendip Hills and certainly made us feel we would like to come again. Thank you and best wishes from everyone at the Carers’ Support Group.
National Association for Children of Alcoholics, Bristol
It gives me great pleasure to write to congratulate you on raising the profile of children of alcohol-dependant parents through events in your wonderful gardens. The money you raise for us is important — as a charity relying entirely on voluntary donations, we could not exit without the financial help of people like you — but to see Wavering Down gardens filled with people enjoying themselves and supporting this charity and these exceptionally vulnerable children is the most incredible gift. The warmth of welcome emanating from the gardens is in no small part due to you and your passion for helping these hidden vicitims of alcoholism. I also write to say how pleased I am that you and the gardens have been recognised by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall. I hope this will ensure more publicity for your fabulous events and entice more people to experience the beautiful setting and the truly friendly atmosphere. Thank you for the very kind invitation to visit you on October 07, 2007, to receive a cheque for £500.00. I very much look forward to seeing you again and everyone here joins me in thanking you for your continued support.
I am writing on behalf of everyone here at NACOA to say thank you so much for the £174.20 which you donated to NACOA following the very successful events which you held during 2006. We sincerely hope that you will include NACOA in your fundraising efforts during 2007.
Re: Jazz In The Garden
I am just writing on behalf of us all at NACOA to say what a fabulous evening we had on August 05 and to thank you most sincerely for all the hard work and effort you must have put into what was a truly brilliant event.
It is so good to know that there are people such as yourself who are prepared to put themselves out in order to raise awareness and funds for charities such as ours. It is so very much appreciated. Once again, on behalf of us all at NACOA and the thousands of children using our services, very many thanks.
National Gardens Scheme
You really are an amazingly philanthropic person. How many local and national people or organisations have benefitted from your thoughts and deeds. Garden visitors do expect a great deal of content in a garden and there are some magical places, so their expectations are very high. It was wonderful of you to have offered to help the scheme’s beneficiaries. It wasn’t an easy year for any outside acitivity. I definitely appreciate all you aimed to do to help the scheme and thank you most sincerely and wish you all the best for your future activities.
Our Lady and the English Martyrs RC Church, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset
So many thanks for enabling us to fundraise for our church at one of your open days – the added bonus this year was meeting June Whitfield (as well as yourself, of course!). With all best wishes from the grateful parishioners of Our Lady and the English Martyrs.
Our Lady Queen of Apostles RC Church, Cheddar, Somerset
I am pleased to advise you that as a result of our providing cream teas and handicraft sales at Wavering Down House Open Days in July 2005 and June 2006, Our Lady Queen of Apostles RC Church, Cheddar, has benefited by a total of £1,855.82. This amount has been used for the upkeep and maintenance of our church buildings and we are extremely grateful to you for allowing us the opportunity to raise these funds.
On behalf of the priest and parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Apostles RC Church, Cheddar, I would like to say thank you so much for the cheque for £311.20 — the share of the gate takings — which we recently received. It brings our total for the day to over £700, which you can rest assured will be put to very good use in the maintenance of our church. We really appeciate the opportunity you give us to raise funds and have some good fun whilst we’re doing it.
On behalf of the parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Apostles RC Church, Cheddar, I should like to say a big thank you to you for giving us the opportunity to raise much-needed funds for our church, by providing the tea and cakes at your recent open day. Our ladies really worked hard but thoroughly enjoyed the day and the money raised was much appreciated. We should also be grateful if you would kindly pass on our thanks to the person who owned the field opposite your house and allowed us all to park our cars there. It was such a kind gesture, which enabled so many visitors to enjoy themselves in your garden, contributing to so many good local causes.
Prostate Cancer Care & Research Centre, Bristol
Thank you so much for your interest in supporting the Prostate Cancer Care and Research Centre and the cheque for £326.26. The Prostate Cancer Care and Research Centre at the Bristol Urological Institute is dedicated to improving our knowledge of this dangerous disease, which can affect men who may only be in their 40s and 50s, although obviously this is often seen as a disease in older men. We have a two-pronged research programme. One is trying to develop a better understanding at the molecular level of prostate cancer and the other is making sure we have adequate information about the best clinical methods of treating patients with cancer. Following completion of our building we are now making a start on equipping the laboratory floor and we do still need to raise funds to equip our larger laboratory, which will be used for research into prostate cancer, as well as other urological cancers. Thank you again for your support.
Royal National Institute for the Deaf, Bath, Somerset
Thank you for replying to my letter and offering to send us a donation in August. We are all very grateful. Your donation will be of great help as our target is £1,000 to buy specialist equipment for the deaf-blind people I care for.
Thank you once again for your kind donation. It is much appreciated. Myself, all the staff and service users wanted to thank you, so please find enclosed a thank you card signed by the service users you have helped. Your donation has made our total £718 to buy equipment for Watery Lane. Good luck with all your fundraising, keep in touch and thank you for your kind offer of more possible donations in the future. Hope you like the card from our service users, who are deaf-blind with additional needs.
Somerset Association for the Blind
I write to thank you both most sincerely for giving permission for our local charity to use your home and gardens for the Pink Picnic event. Although I was disappointed not more people attended, I believe everyone thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and, judging by the comments in your visitors’ book, you made many people very happy by allowing them access to Frankie’s home. I have enclosed details of my expenditure, as you so very kindly allowed me to retain the gate money. We did not make a profit but we certainly feel happy that more people in the Mendip area know about our charity now! Look after yourself both of you — you are very special, and we hope to meet up again one day.
Speak Up Somerset
I just wanted to tell you how pleased I was to be invited to not only your Jazz Evening but also to sell our books during the day. As well as educating the public in mental health matters, we also aim to give some work to those in recovery. All the illustrations you saw in journals, diaries and calendars were done by them. We were so pleased to make £77, along with the £10 Marilyn made. We are very grateful to all of you in the village of Cross — we would love to come again and to support such a worthwhile charity as yours.
St Andrew’s Church, Compton Bishop, Somerset
From: Friends of Compton Bishop Church
The Rev Kenneth Brown has passed me your note and cheque for £38.60 payable to FCBC and I am writing to thank you for your generous donation to the Friends. It is very much appreciated.
Thank you, and all those involved in A Day In The Garden, for the kind donation towards candles for the church. Your support for St Andrew’s Church is very much appreciated.
Re: Cross and Compton Bishop Open Gardens Event
I have written to Chris separately, thanking him for his support and all his efforts both before and during the day. He has made a significant contribution. The purpose of this letter is to thank you personally for allowing your garden to be included in the Open Gardens event. I imagine that the day will have brought back many happy memories and clearly the number who flocked to see the gardens shows quite clearly the many people who remember Frankie Howerd with affection.It is clear that he is still much loved by many and his name still has the power to command an audience. But it is to you that I wish to record my thanks on behalf of the St Andrew’s Church committee.
St Mary’s Church, Wedmore, Somerset
You very kindly allowed us the use of Wavering Down last year for a fundraising day towards the Organ Fund. We raised nearly £200 on the day, which was a splendid effort by everyone concerned. I was delighted then to hear from the church treasurer of the receipt of some £311.20 as our ‘share’ of the entrance receipts. That really is very kind of you. After a lot of effort we are very nearly at our target of £45,000, so the £500 or so that we were able to raise represents a significant contribution to last year’s efforts. The organ builder is now with us and the organ is fully stripped down. All being well, it should all be back together in time for Easter. Once again, my very grateful thanks.
Thank you so much for allowing us on behalf of St Mary’s Church, Wedmore, to provide refreshments at Wavering Down on June 18 this year to raise funds for our Organ Fund. The day went well and the support would not have been so good as it was without the work which Chris put in to promoting the Wavering Down events throughout the summer to the media — the local coverage in the Cheddar Valley Gazette particularly helped on the day. We have embarked on a major project to refurbish and update the historic ‘Willis’ organ and, with the help of opportunities such as you offered us, we have raised sufficient funds at least to start the work. Thank you again.
The Kings of Wessex School, Cheddar, Somerset
On behalf of all the students and staff here at The Kings of Wessex School, I would like to thank you and the Frankie Howerd Board of Trustees for your very generous donations. This was certainly a wonderful start to the new school year! Your donation to the Learning Support Department will greatly enhance this integral area of school, supporting our young people with their learning difficulties. Indeed, you might be aware that we were recently successful in gaining Dyslexia Friendly Schools status. I am always pleased when Kings is able to work within our community and I am delighted our students have had the opportunity to support your Trust. I know that the Senior Student Team will enjoy using your gift for their Sixth Form Common Room and the donation to this year’s Charities Week will be very welcome. Thank you once again for your continued enthusiasm for Kings.
Thank you for sending this week your very generous donation from fundraising at Wavering Down House for £125.00 towards the work of our Learning Support Department. I am extremely grateful for your continued support to our young people here at The Kings of Wessex School and I know that our Learning Support subject leader is equally appreciative. Thank you also for your offer to provide further support and I hope that our Big Band can be of some service to you in the future. I very much believe that our ‘work’ together testifies to the value of our community.
Further to our Big Band playing at The Wurzels event at Wavering Down House on Saturday, June 17, 2007, thank you for your generous contribution of £300 from the total money raised. As you know, we will be using this money for the work of our Music Department here at The Kings of Wessex School. Thank you also for providing this special opportunity for our students to be part of such a wonderful Somerset event in the lovely surroundings of Wavering Down House, raising money for charity.
The SWORD Fund, Bristol
On behalf of the Committee, we wish to acknowledge your magnanimous donation of £150.00 for The SWORD Fund. Please find enclosed an ‘Order of Service’ of the Bristol War Veterans’ Commemoration Service held at Clifton College. This is an annual commemoration service held at the college, where much of the planning for D-Day was executed. Previously, this has been for the Veterans of D-Day and the Normandy Campaign. Our Committee decided this year to include ALL Veterans of all the campaigns. In consequence, this necessarily extended the numbers we usually cater for. Each event relies on the generosity of Bristol businessmen and this year it was extremely successful. Your kind donation will be used for the event of 2008. At the very next opportunity of media publicity, it is our attention to make known your generosity, which has made it possible for this Committee to continue with the above annual event. We will be in touch with you next year and perhaps you may wish to attend the Commemoration Service as a VIP guest. You would be extremely welcome. Thank you again very much.
Weare First School, Somerset
On behalf of everyone at Weare School, can I just say thank you for the children’s Easter eggs. Wishing you a lovely Easter time.
Once again thank you for your very kind donation to the Weare School PTA. It is kindness such as this that allows us to provide the pupils with as wide and exciting a curriculum as we are able. On behalf of the pupils and parents of Weare, many thanks!
As I write to thank you for your most recent cheque received most gratefully by Weare School PTA, I thought you might be also pleasantly reminded that, over the last three years, we have amounted over £4,500 for the benefit of Weare children due to your tireless fundraising efforts. Bringing together a whole community of fundraisers both local and further afield is an achievement well worth applauding.
Thank you for your generous donation to our French project appeal. The children of Weare School will benefit for your kindness.
Friends of Weare School PTA
Many, many thanks for the opportunity to join you both in your fundraising activities over the past year. Our cream tea event over Easter in your garden was very successful and we raised over £200. This was put towards various art projects over the year and some hanging baskets for the ‘Wavering Down’ gazebo. Being able to use Cross Village Hall for our art exhibition ‘In My Garden’ has helped us towards our school award of excellence in Art, of which we are all very proud and thank you for being its host. We hope all who came to see the Frankie memorabilia also enjoyed the artwork from the children of Weare School.
Thank you again for coming and opening ‘Wavering Down’ for us last week. We appreciate all your help with our fundraising. All the pupils of the school will benefit from your generosity.
Wedmore Tuesday Club, Somerset
March 21, 2008
A big thank you for making us so welcome at your wonderful house and gardens. We all thoroughly enjoyed it – members and helpers alike, but especially our members, who do not get out very often. It made a real change for them. They found all of Frankie Howerd’s memorabilia fascinating and will be talking about it for months! It was a real pleasure also to meet you in person. Keep up the good work!
Thank you so much for paying for the wonderful Tim Pitman to come and entertain us at the Wedmore Tuesday Club Christmas party. It was so kind of you, and if you could only have seen our elderly members’ faces as he was singing, they were entranced! All our members (22 in number) are elderly, most over 80, and for many of them it is the only day of the week they leave their homes and are able to socialise with others. We sometimes take them on trips out, and always buy them a small present on their birthdays and at Christmas. However, we must find the money for these treats ourselves. Sometimes we are lucky enough to receive donations, and we volunteers raise some by cake sales, etc. So you can see how delighted we were when our community support officer told us she had found someone to entertain us at our party, and that someone would cover the cost. That has made such a difference to us. Thank you once more. You have made a lot of people very happy.
Wedmore Twinning Association, Somerset
Many thanks for the cheque for £322.26 received recently, being our ‘share’ of the gate money and other ‘takings’ from the events you organised at Wavering Down during last summer. This amount, together with what we raised by providing refreshments, brings our total to over £500. We are very grateful to you for the opportunity to have participated in the activities at your lovely home.
‘Merci beaucoup’ for allowing members of the Wedmore Twinning Association to do cream teas and other refreshments at Wavering Down on May 07 this year. The day was well supported, which we feel was due partly to the heightened public awareness of the event as a result of the timely coverage in the Cheddar Valley Gazette. We have had links with our Twin Town of St Medard de Guizieres for over 30 years. Unfortunately, the financial support we used to receive from local government and the EU for our efforts to continue this cultural exchange has dwindled in recent years until now we receive nothing. The chance you gave us to raise money was therefore all the more welcome — and I am sure Frankie Howerd would have been tickled pink to know that his country retreat had helped us to ‘Carry On Twinning’!
West of England MS Therapy Centre
I have just found the receipt for the £300 that you so kindly gave us as a result of your season of open house and garden. Suffice it to say that we are truly grateful — all money is much needed. Thank you very much. I have already said how much we enjoyed our day out at Wavering Down and now the ‘final payout’ is the icing on the cake. It is good that we can share in your amazing efforts to provide entertainment and help for the younger members of the village — and benefit ourselves at the same time. I just hope that all your hard work is appreciated locally.
Re: Open Days at Wavering Down
We enjoyed ourselves and the people who came to look round Wavering Down all seemed to be very pleased to have seen Frankie’s home and memorabilia. We were very pleased to have the use of the village hall — it would have been much less pleasant out in the open with the weather as it was! Thank you for allowing us to share your home and for all the work you, yourself, did to entertain and inform visitors.
Weston Aerobic Gymnastics Club, North Somerset
We would like to thank you for the all the support that you have given to Weston Aerobic Gymnastics Club over the past two years. Without the generosity that you have shown us, we would not have been able to achieve the fundraising for our club as we would have liked. Through the two fundraising days that we have done with you — May 2005 and April 2006 — where we served cream teas and gave a gym display, we were able to raise £260.84 in 2005 and a further £396.15 in 2006. All this helped towards the club being able to purchase much-needed equipment and helped towards financing some of our gymnasts, so that they were able to compete at international competitions, where both they and the club were given recognition for all their hard work. Again, we owe you a further big thank you, as you awarded us donations of £356.86 in 2005 and a further £311.20 in 2006 from the Frankie Howerd estate. Again, without these the club would not have gone from strength to strength, helping the children throughout the club, right from the baby classes through to the elite squad.
Again we thank you for all your help and support, and we look forward to being associated with you again in the very near future.
On behalf of everyone at Weston Aerobic Gymnastics, we are writing to express our thanks for the kind donation you have given to us. It is very much appreciated. It will go a long way in helping us to buy equipment which is very much needed and will be used from our very little ones right through the club to our elite squad. We can also use the donation to help train up some new coaches, which are always needed. Again, thank you for the donation. We always enjoy visiting you as it is always a nice sociable day out, even if it does rain now and again, and we hope to see you again in the future.
We are writing to say thank you for giving money to the club from the recent Frankie Howerd garden open day. We are all very grateful and we will be using the money towards display leotards for future displays. Many thanks.
On behalf of everyone at Weston Hospicecare, I would like to thank you for your generous donation of £350 from a day in the garden at the Frankie Howerd estate. Weston Hospicecare’s running cost is around £1.7million a year and we are heavily reliant on the support and generosity of the local community. Your gift will go towards the continuation of our work, supporting local people with life-threatening conditions and their families. Once again, thank you for supporting Weston Hospicecare.
On behalf of everyone at Weston Hospicecare, I would like to thank you for your generous donation of £150.00. Your gift will go towards the continuation of our work, supporting local people with life-threatening conditions and their families. Once again, thank you for your continued support of Weston Hospicecare.
I would like to confirm that the total amount we have raised from Frankie Howerd’s garden events for 2005 and 2006 is £1,003.74. We also received a cheque for the amount of £358.68 in 2005.
We also received a cheque for the hospice via Abbey National Building Society for the amount of £510.00 with matched funding which has been received of another £510.00. I hope this clarifies the income we are pleased to receive from your kindness in the use of your house and garden.
Many thanks for the kind contribution to our funding of £228.58, for which we are very grateful. The total amount we raised this year from your generous support by allowing us the use of your home and gardens amounts to: £402.78. Thank you so much.
On behalf of everyone at Weston Hospicecare, we would like to thank you for your very kind donation of £358.68, which you raised by opening up your beautiful gardens this summer. This really will make a difference to the patients and their families, who rely on the hospice for care and support. Your help is very much appreciated. Once again, thank you for your support of the hospice AND the lovely chocolates! They have been shared out amongst the staff and have been eaten already!
I am just writing on behalf of the Friends of Weston Hospicecare to thank you for giving us the pleasure of visiting your lovely premises. Our particular organisation manned a number of stalls on the day as well as being able to help with the cream teas. I am pleased to tell you that these efforts alone raised the sum of £873.46. You will be aware that the amount that we collect is used exclusively to help the ongoing work of the hospice here in Weston and we greatly appreciate your help in providing this opportunity for us. In addition, on these occasions we always get the chance to meet new friends and talk to them about our work. Thank you once again and I hope that we may get the opportunity to work together at some other time in the future.
What a fantastic day we had yesterday! Thanks to your generosity in opening your gardens to the public, Weston Hospicecare has raised £873.46. I am sure that you will be as delighted as we are. With annual running costs of over £1.5million, the hospice relies heavily on the support of the local community and we really appreciate the opportunity you gave us to raise awareness and funds. All of the volunteers thoroughly enjoyed the day and the chance to walk around the gardens that were so important to Frankie Howerd. Thank you once again for all of your help, both in advance of the event and on the day. It was a pleasure to be involved and I hope that the remaining open days are as successful. Please do think of Weston Hospicecare if you decide to run the event again next year — it would be a privilege to take part again. Once again, thank you for your support of Weston Hospicecare. It is very much appreciated.
Weston Woodturning Circle
We very much enjoyed visiting with you on August 29 and were very pleased to have been able to join the fundraising efforts for Weston Hospicecare. We are involved with the hospice on an ongoing basis.
We thank you and your friends for your hospitality and hope to meet you again.
Winscombe Primary School, North Somerset
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generous donation of £200. We have used the money to order 35 recorders from the Music Service for a class to use. As we were able to get them at a reasonable cost, we have enough money left to purchase some chime bars to be used as percussion instruments. Once again, I would like to say thank you from all the staff and pupils at Winscombe Primary School.
Wrington C of E Primary School, North Somerset
I would like to express our thanks for the cheque that was gratefully received for £200.00 that was donated by Mr Christopher Byrne of Wavering Down House. The money was used for the purchase of recorders and the children have enjoyed learning to play them. Without donations like these, the children would not be able to experience such a vast amount of learning opportunities.
The Frankie Howerd OBE Trust is a Registered Charity – No. 1122850