Alzheimer’s Society (North Somerset Branch)

Avalon Camps, Mark, Somerset

Burnham & Highbridge Sea Cadets, Somerset

Burnham-on-Sea RC Church

Cheddar Local Action Team

Children’s Hospice South West

Churchill Music!

Crook Peak Parish, Somerset

Crook Peak Project, Somerset

Cross Memorial Hall, Somerset

Friends of Axbridge Church, Axbridge, Somerset

Friends of St Gregory’s Church, Weare, Somerset

Friends of Weare Church, Somerset

Headway Somerset (The Brain Injury Association)

Locking Primary School, North Somerset

Loxton & Christon Village Hall & Churches, Somerset

Mid-Somerset Alzheimer’s Society

National Association for Children of Alcoholics, Bristol

National Gardens Scheme

Our Lady and the English Martyrs RC Church, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset

Our Lady Queen of Apostles RC Church, Cheddar, Somerset

Prostate Cancer Care & Research Centre, Bristol

Royal National Institute for the Deaf, Bath, Somerset

Somerset Association for the Blind

Speak Up Somerset

St Andrew’s Church, Compton Bishop, Somerset

St Mary’s Church, Wedmore, Somerset

The Kings of Wessex School, Cheddar, Somerset

The SWORD Fund, Bristol

Weare First School, Somerset

Wedmore Tuesday Club, Somerset

Wedmore Twinning Association, Somerset

West of England MS Therapy Centre

Weston Aerobic Gymnastics Club, North Somerset

Weston Hospicecare

Weston Woodturning Circle

Winscombe Primary School, North Somerset

Wrington C of E Primary School, North Somerset

Wavering Down


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.

Avalon Camps, Mark, Somerset

January, 2007
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.



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