Rowleys Centre for the Community





Cranleigh Co-op raises £6,732 for Rowleys.

A huge thank you to everyone at Cranleigh Co-op for choosing Rowleys to benefit from its Community Fund during the past year.

Rowleys team, Cranleigh store Team and Cranleigh Co-op members, pictured below, worked together for the good of the community and raised £6,732 for Rowleys new community meeting room.

                            coop cheque handover 2





New boiler at Rowleys ensures and even bigger warm welcome

Gary and John Byrne from CJB plumbing at Rowleys 

Gary and John Byrne - partner from CJB Plumbing and Heating admiring the new boiler

Rowleys has always has a warm welcome for visitors but this year it will be even warmer, thanks to the Community Foundation for Surrey which has awarded a grant for a new boiler.

The boiler at Rowleys was very old, expensive to run and had become unreliable, so Rowleys applied for a grant to the Community Foundation for Surrey for a replacement.

Everyone was delighted when the grant was awarded, and a new boiler has now been installed just in time for the winter weather by CJB Plumbing and Heating of Cranleigh.

The Community Foundation for Surrey works with local philanthropic donors to deliver grants to organisations needing financial help. The Foundation’s local knowledge assists these donors to connect with projects which are often operating below the radar, where sometimes even a small amount of money can make a huge difference.

The Pargiter Trust, a family Charitable Trust, is one of those donors and in this case provided the money for Rowleys boiler. This Trust aims to support older people to be independent, healthy and to ensure they have access to local community facilities like Rowleys.

Rowleys Centre Co-ordinator Gary Lee said: “We are thrilled that we have a new reliable boiler for this coming winter. Not only will the heating system be reliable, it will be more economical for us to run as well. We are grateful to the Community Foundation for Surrey and The Pargiter Trust for their support.”

The Community Foundation for Surrey Director of Grants and Impact, Kate Peters added: “The Community Foundation is delighted to be able to support this valuable community resource. It is quite an unusual grant for us. We are not able to make many capital grants, but with winter approaching we recognise the importance of providing a warm and comfortable venue for older members of the community to meet and socialise”.

The Community Foundation for Surrey is part of a national network of 46 Community Foundations which collectively expect to award £100M in grants this year. The Foundation has just reached the sum of £845,000 awarded in grants for the benefit of local communities, in Surrey, since April 2018 with 187 groups and 96 individuals directly benefiting.

Rowleys Centre for the Community in Victoria Way Cranleigh is a centre open to the whole community offering a great place to meet up with friends for a coffee, lunch or a snack. There are lots of activities on offer, including a hairdressing salon and chiropodist. There are also regular day trips and weekend breaks to enjoy.

  • The Community Foundation for Surrey is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local needs. The Community Foundation works with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people and disadvantaged individuals. Companies, individuals, families and trusts can establish a fund with the Foundation, which supports a growing programme of grant-making to communities. The Community Foundation for Surrey is part of a national network of 46 Community Foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK.



Cutting Edge Hair and Beauty Salon has just opened at Rowleys in a smart new salon at the centre in Victoria Road. Come along and have a chat with our hairdressers and therapists.

To book or for more information call:

Jackie: 07725 834061
Amy: 07792 667082
Selina: 07596 150244
Lauren: 07960 210094

Hairdressing prices are:

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PAT DOGS (Pets as Therapy)
Ghost and Freya visit Rowleys every Friday with their owner
Amanda Wright.
Amanda says her lovely greyhounds were both rescue dogs. They have wonderful temperaments - come along and meet them at Rowleys.

pat dogs


Amanda with Ghost (left) and Freya


AVS Fencing grant

AVS Fencing has donated £200 towards equipment in the new Rowleys community hub which will ensure the best facilities can be offered to those hiring the rooms.

The Hub which is currently being refurbished will include full boardroom facilities, a small kitchen and toilet facilities for hirers. We aim to have the Hub up and running very soon. Keep an eye on the website for details.

Rowleys is grateful to the team at AVS Fencing for their valuable support.



Cranleigh Co-op has chosen Rowleys as one of three charities it will be supporting from January through its Local Community Fund.

This is the Co-ops way of way of giving something back to its local communities.

As a Co-op member, every time you shop at Cranleigh Co-op, 1% of what you spend on selected own brand products and services, goes to the local community Fund. So please register your interest to support Rowleys.

You can either go to the Co-op Cranleigh website and register, just type “Co-op Cranleigh” into the web browser and scroll down to the community fundraising or phone 0800 023 4708 ( a free call) to register - you will need to have your Co-op Card handy as you will need to give your card number.

Since September 2016 the Co-op community fund country-wide has raised a total of more than £20 million.

Any money raised by members who don’t select a cause is added to the money raised from shopping bag sales and shared equally between the causes in their local area.

The Rowleys Project

Rowleys applied to the Co-op fund in order to extend facilities at the centre which will enable more activities to be provided, including a new hairdressing and beauty salon. The new lounge area and office space will be available for hire by local groups. Rowleys is also aiming to provide some specific new activities including a computer hub for use and training for local residents.

Money raised by the Co-op will help enormously towards this project and huge thanks go to the Co-op at Cranleigh for choosing Rowleys as one of its charities for 2018.




Halloween lunch was hot!

Members of Rowleys came along to enjoy a selection of curries for lunch on October 31 - hot stuff and very enjoyable everyone agreed. There was of course a Halloween theme with decoraitons and entertainment from Midnight Sun.

halloween lunch 2017



Marks and Spencer Cranleigh supporting Rowleys.

There is no doubt whatever that Marks and Spencer at Cranleigh can lay on an impressive spread!

Staff at the store, in its tenth year of supporting charities in the community, decided a special celebration was in order and invited members of Rowleys Centre for the Community to join them at a sumptuous tea party on Tuesday June 6.

The party was held at Rowleys centre in Victoria Road and 80 members went along to enjoy a wonderful array of sandwiches, cakes and pastries, teas, coffee and a celebratory glass of M & S Prosecco. The tables had been beautifully laid with pretty crockery, 3 tier cake stands and flowers.

There was entertainment from Emilee Lucia who sang some memorable songs, many from the Sound of Music and staff members busily waited on tables.

The store had been supported in this venture by other businesses in the village who donated some generous prizes for a huge raffle.

Cranleigh store manager Jon Bellasis said: “Every Marks and Spencer store has done something in its community. At Cranleigh we have already been supporting Rowleys for some time with food waste* for the kitchen or for members to buy. We have also just completed a project to refurbish Rowleys foyer creating a more welcoming entrance to make arrival at Rowleys a more appealing experience.”

Jon added: “The tea party was something we wanted to do for members and for the many volunteers who have been able to relax for a change rather than running around after other people!”

There was no doubt everyone really enjoyed the event – huge thanks go to everyone at Marks and Spencer in Cranleigh for organising such a smashing afternoon.

                 Melanie and client - web       Singer and client - web

                  Melanie from M & S with Eileen Tiani         Singer Emilee Lucia with Eileen Tidy

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The M & S team at the tea party

*Items nearing sell-by date including flowers.