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.

Burnham & Highbridge Sea Cadets, Somerset

January, 2008
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.

January, 2007
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
Total £985.10
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
Total £998.80

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.



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