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Old Coach Road, Cross, Axbridge, Somerset, BS26 2EF UK


We are happy to announce that, thanks to a generous donation from SysCon Ltd of Blackford and to our fund-raising efforts, we are now able to purchase a defibrillator which we shall install once the weather gets a bit more clement.

The Weston Light Orchestra performed last year in St Gregory’s Church in Weare where we raised several hundred pounds towards our minibus project, and we now have a minibus.

They also performed for us on Saturday 14th October in St Andrew’s Church, Cheddar to help us raise the money required for the defibrillator.

Previous Events


More than £75,000 has been raised for charity at Wavering Down House from events such as garden open days with cream teas


One of the most popular open-air concerts was Jazz in the Garden, when top singers such as Tim Pitman entertained the crowds


A little can go such a long way, so we ask you to donate whatever you can afford to The Frankie Howerd OBE Trust.

You can give money in the following ways:

CREDIT/DEBIT CARD in our Community Café in Loxton (BS26 2XE) which is open every day from 9.30 to 4.30.


Cheques – made payable to The Frankie Howerd OBE Trust – can be sent to:

The Frankie Howerd OBE Trust
Tom Putt Cottage
Sevier Road
BS26 2XE

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    Here is a breakdown of donations made to good causes from charity open days and open-air events held at Wavering Down House.

    Thousands of people have enjoyed themselves at nearly 100 open days and eight open-air charity events.

    Air Ambulance: £100
    Animal Sanctuary: £175
    Avalon Camps: £200
    Axbridge Church: £550
    Breakthrough Breast Cancer: £80
    Burnham & Highbridge Sea Cadets: £4,100
    Burnham-on-Sea Catholic Church: £1,300
    Cheddar Catholic Church: £1,900
    Children’s Hospicecare South West: £800
    Children’s Hospice Mendip: £700
    Children’s Hospice South West: £1,500
    Children parties: The New Inn/White Hart/The Lamb: £2,470
    Christon Church: £1,100
    Churchill School (music department): £300
    Churchill School (race night): £50
    Compton Bishop Church: £36
    Contact magazine: £500
    Crook Peak Tsunami Project: £1,500
    Cross Memorial Hall: £600
    Cross Fun Day donation: £250
    14 stands on the lawn: £1,400
    Friends of Axbridge Church: £550
    Friends of Compton Bishop Church: £38.60
    Friends of Weare Church: £100
    Further education: £126
    Guide Dogs for the Blind: £80
    Headway for brain injuries: £9,000
    Huruma Children’s Orphanage in Kenya: £200
    Inner Wheel: £365
    The Kings of Wessex school (music dept): £300
    The Kings of Wessex School (special needs): £125
    Locking Primary School: £125
    Loxton Church: £200
    Mendip Children’s Hospice South West: £2,000
    MS Therapy Centre Ltd.: £350
    Music classes: £69
    National Association for Children of Alcoholics: £674
    National Gardens Scheme: £350
    NSPCC: £96
    Paint classes for children in Hall: £70
    Presents for children (carol singing 2005, White Hart): £60
    Prostate cancer: £700
    Raffle ticket sales: £1,900
    Rotary Club: £150
    School books and uniforms: £150
    Somerset Showcase (Axbridge): £300
    Speak Up Somerset: £90
    St John Ambulance: £390
    St Medard’s Church, Wedmore: £500
    Ten school uniforms: £600
    The SWORD fund: £130
    Blind Association of Somerset: £700
    Salvation Army, Weston-super-Mare: £200
    Wedmore Twinning Association: £550
    Weare Brownies: £250
    Weare Church: £1,300
    Weare Frist School: £5,100
    Weare Rainbows: £250
    Wedmore Organ Fund: £500
    Wedmore Tuesday Club: £250
    Weston Aerobics Society: £1,000
    Weston Hospice: £500
    Weston Hospicecare: £3,000
    Winscombe Primary School: £200
    Wrington primary School: £200
    The above amounts do not include monies raised directly by charity groups running an open day in the garden or our participation in the very successful village “open gardens event” that raised some £2,500 for St Andrew’s Church in Compton Bishop. Many groups for the elderly and disadvantaged have not been charged to look round the house and gardens.

    Wavering Down House’s A Day in The Garden charity events have provided employment for many performers and artists, income for local pubs and restaurants, and financial support for local students to help them pursue their education.

    All this in addition to the £57,161 directly donated by Wavering Down House to good causes. Thank you for all your support.