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.

National Association for Children of Alcoholics, Bristol

August, 2007
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.

January, 2007
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.

August, 2006
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.



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