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.

Children’s Hospice South West

November, 2007
Thank you so much for your generosity in supporting Children’s Hospice South West and for the lovely donation of £1,530.00 as a result of the concerts by Tim Pitman and The Wurzels. Your thoughtful and kind support for the life-limited children of the South West is truly appreciated. With the recent opening of our second hospice, Charlton Farm, near Bristol, and with the launch of our new ‘Precious Lives’ appeal for a third, much-needed facility, this time in Cornwall, it is more important now, than ever, that we continue to have the support of local people. Thank you once again for your generous support and for helping us make the most of short and precious lives.

June, 2007
On behalf of the Children’s Hospice South West, I would like to thank you for all that you do for the children’s hospice. We really do appreciate you opening Frankie Howerd’s garden and house for us and allowing us to hold events there. The cream tea on June 10 was a success despite the rain in the late afternoon. The cheque for the gate money was made out to Children’s Hospice South West and was banked directly into their account — thank you.
Our new hospice, Charlton Farm at Wraxall, opened on April 30 this year and already we have had a number of families staying. I met one family recently and they said it was wonderful. It is thanks to people like you that we have been able to achieve this need for another children’s hospice. Sadly, this is an on-going commitment to fundraising, as we need £3million to run it each year. Again, many thanks for all you do and looking forward to our next visit to your garden on September 23 for another cream tea.

January, 2007
I am writing on behalf of the Mendip group of the Children’s Hospice South West to thank you both for the opportunity to sell cream teas at Wavering Down. With the money raised on the day and our share of the gate, we raised a grand total of £790.00, which was amazing! Thanks again.

September, 2006
Thank you so much for all your hard work in organising the art exhibition and open days at Wavering Down. I have been informed that the picture of Charlton Farm raised £50.00. We are so grateful for all your support. It is due to people like yourselves that our fund currently stands at over £10million. Thank you again for your generous support.

September, 2006
Now that the open house, cream teas have finished, I feel I must write and thank you for all your hard work with the media, etc. The Children’s Hospice South West raised £403.75 from the teas and stall on that day. It was very busy but, when we did have time to speak to people, we found that they came from Bournemouth and Devon as well as local caravan parks, friends and family. So thanks again for all your help.



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