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Cobham Heritage Photography Competition (Closing date 28 Aug 2015)

Scattered Photographs
It is the last chance for you to enter our competition to find twelve images for our 2016 calendar. Our title is 'Landscape: built & natural environment'. The theme is open to your personal interpretation but we're looking for beautiful photographs of local landscapes. These pictures can be anything from close ups to wide landscapes, in colour or black and white – as long as they are from the Cobham, Downside or Stoke D'Abernon areas.
Read more: Cobham Heritage Photography Competition (Closing date 28 Aug 2015)

Cobham Heritage Day - Sat 12 Sept 2015

Cobham Heritage Day 2015
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Cobham Heritage Day is organised by the Cobham Conservation & Heritage Trust and this year will Cobham Heritage Trust Logotake place on Sat 12th September 2015.

The day will open at 11am and conclude at 4pm with the Cobham Duck Race which will start at the Cobham Mill and finish at Riverhill.

As with previous years we also have a special musical evening in St Andrew's Church. The evening entertainment is ticket only and tickets can be purchased at the Cobham Bookshop or the St Andrew's Church Parish office.

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Where to get your Duck Race Tickets

DuckThere will be plenty of opportunities to buy tickets in advance for the Cobham Duck Race due to be held on the 12th September 2015 during Heritage Day.

In previous years we have sold out during the day, so buying them early ensures you have a chance of winning one of the 28 cash prizes.

The prizes are:-

1st Prize £250
  2nd Prize £200
  3rd Prize £100
Five further prizes of £50 and twenty more of £10.

Duck Race Tickets will be on sale for £1 each and will be available at the following locations:


Sat 25 July 2015 Farmers Market 9.30-11.30am
Fri 14 August 2015 Hollyhedge 10-4pm
Sat 15 August 2015 Waitrose 10-4pm
Fri 21 August 2015 Waitrose 10-4pm
Sat 22 August 2015 Farmers Market 9.30am-1.30pm
Fri 28 August 2015 Hollyhedge 10-4pm
Sat 29 August 2015 Waitrose 10-4pm
Mon 31 August 2015 Downside Sports Day 10-4pm
Fri 4 September 2015 Hollyhedge 10-4pm
Sat 5 September 2015 Waitrose 10-4pm
Tue 8 September 2015 Cobham Station 6.45-9.30am
Fri 11 September 2015 Waitrose 10-4pm
Sat 12 September 2015

Heritage Day - Church Street - All Day
(subject to availability)

Dates and times subject to change due to poor weather etc.

Duck tickets will also be available during normal opening hours from our sponsor, Knight Frank the Estate Agents near Riverhill.


Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Presentation - 19th July 2015

Queens Award for Voluntary Service Award 19 July 2015The Cobham Conservation & Heritage Trust has been honoured with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. This recognizes all those who carry out volunteer tasks for our Trust.

On Sunday 19th July 2015 the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Dame Sarah Goad DCVO JP, who has taken a great interest in the Cobham Heritage Trust during her Term of Office, presented the Chairman of the Trust, Sir Gerry Acher CBE LVO, with the award on behalf of the Queen in the presence of Elizabeth Kennedy - The High Sheriff of Surrey, Trust volunteers and members.

A selection of photographs taken to record this special event, are shown below. Click on a photo to view a larger version.
Read more: Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Presentation - 19th July 2015

Cobham Heritage Trust honoured with Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2015

Queens Award for Voluntary ServiceThe Cobham Conservation & Heritage Trust has been honoured with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust is one of 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award in 2015. The number of awards handed out to groups have increased by over 60% from 2014, due to an increase in high quality applications, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen's Coronation. Award winners this year range from Ablaze, a charity helping to raise academic achievement amongst disadvantaged young people in Bristol to a volunteer rescue boat service on Loch Lomond.

Sir Gerald Acher CBE LVO, Chairman of the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust said:

"This is a tremendous achievement for the Trust and its hard working committee and one which I am very proud to have been involved with. During the last decade, the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust has gone from strength to strength tackling some ambitious projects such as entertaining 5,000 people annually on Heritage Day; creating an education programme for the local schools; and hosting HRH The Countess of Wessex for the Dedication of the £150,000 Riverhill Project to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. All of our projects such as these are run solely by our army of willing volunteers.

To achieve our goals we have involved individuals, families, local businesses, schools, clubs, Borough and County Councils, and the community spirit and cohesion of Cobham is obvious from our combined achievements. I would like to thank my wonderful committee, all our members, volunteers and supporters and I look forward to working with everyone in the next exciting ten years."

Surrey's County Councillor for Cobham, Mary Lewis, who nominated the Trust for this award, said:

"I was delighted to nominate the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust because they have made such a positive contribution to the community spirit of Cobham over the last decade by bringing people from all walks of life together, through a variety of worthwhile and enjoyable projects. They are the sort of organisation that binds communities together, which has been invaluable to Cobham."

The Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Dame Sarah Goad DCVO JP later this summer.

To view the full press release click here


2015 CIL Support

Consultation on 2015 Community Infrastructure Levy funding applications

At the AGM we approved submitting our proposals for financial support for footpath maintenance, and for the acquisition of a museum display cabinet for the new library to display Cobham and related historic artefacts following the closure of the Elmbridge museum to visitors. We have suggested that we fund 50% and the Elmbridge community infrastructure levy (CIL) the other 50%.

Decisions will be taken on June 16th, but in advance of this the community is invited to show their support for the projects.

Because the demands on the CIL funds could outweigh the funds available due to some large requests, it will be vital if we are to succeed, for our members and supporters to register their support for our projects. Thus may we ask you and your like minded friends to register your support by commenting on both the footpath maintenance project and the museum display project by either following the steps below or downloading the Cobham CIL Response Form from here (.doc Word Document format) which should be completed and then sent as an attachment by email or sent by post to the Elmbridge Planning Policy team (address details are shown on the last page of the Form).

Responses must be received by the Elmbridge Planning Policy team by 22 May 2015.
Read more: 2015 CIL Support

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