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.

Loxton & Christon Village Hall & Churches, Somerset

December, 2006
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.

December, 2006
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.

July, 2006
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.

September, 2005
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.

August, 2005
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.

August, 2005
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.



Letter from the Queen


Letter from the Queen


Letter from Prince Charles


Letter from Camilla


Letter from Blair