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.

St Andrew’s Church, Compton Bishop, Somerset

April, 2007
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.

April, 2007
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.

May, 2003
Dear Dennis
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.



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