Rowleys Centre for the Community

 

Open Letter from the Board of Trustees at Rowleys Centre for the Community                         April 2022

 

Your Centre Needs You!

 

Rowleys Centre for the Community has a long, well-established history of offering friendly support and care to the over-55s in the Cranfold community. It has offered a range of services and activities from hairdressing and chiropody to bingo sessions, day trips and short holidays, and a comfortable place at the heart of Cranleigh to meet or make friends and have a cuppa or a meal. The staff and volunteers are dedicated to the health and wellbeing of all who come through the door, offering a very warm welcome.

 

Unfortunately, as with so many things, the Covid pandemic caused Rowleys to shut its doors completely. But it continued to meet the needs of the times with a well-organised Community Meals Service run by the Centre staff. Volunteer drivers distributed hot & cold 2 course lunches & teas 5 days a week within the community, to residents ranging from the elderly, infirm and isolated to families with Covid, in Cranleigh, Ewhurst, Dunsfold, Alfold and Bramley and all points between. In so many cases, the doorstep interaction between volunteer and recipient was the only contact with the outside world for the first year and beyond, and contributed significantly to the mental wellbeing of the residents on our CMS lists. The return to work and increases in petrol prices mean that we are having difficulty recruiting volunteer drivers for this vital local service, which is so greatly appreciated.

 

Rowleys tentatively re-opened its doors in the Summer of 2021 and hoped that services could resume and the thriving membership of pre-2020 would grow. It’s still what we, the Board of Trustees, want for the Centre and for the community we serve.

 

Sadly, we have suffered a substantial funding cut from Waverley Borough Council, and are now looking at inventive ways of maintaining the Centre as it has been while growing it in other directions too, with the intention of attracting new users, new groups and new activities to our well-appointed premises a stone’s throw from the heart of Cranleigh. We already have Dementia support groups (Rosemary & Sage Café, Melody Memories) and Young Carers groups established, and our premises are used for St John’s Ambulance, HomeStart and NHS Diabetes support to name a few. The Hairdresser & Chiropodist offer appointments and U3A & Job Club take place at the Centre. Activities and trips are organised throughout the year, and there are rooms & facilities available to hire for events, all with free parking on site.

 

However, good intentions won’t be enough to let us grow. We need

 

  • good ideas for funding sources to which we can apply, and for fundraising events.
  • ideas for activities we can offer and the people prepared to run them.
  • members of the community to drop in for a coffee with a friend.
  • the Centre to buzz with activity every day.

 

With your help Rowleys will thrive and take its rightful place as a community facility right at the heart of Cranleigh, open to all and for all. If you’ve heard that it will be closing then you’ve heard an unfortunate rumour, but our future is uncertain and at risk. The Trustees and Staff are pulling out all the stops to avoid that unwanted, avoidable outcome.

 

Can you help us?

 

Contact:              Rowleys – 01483 277155 - Victoria Theobold, Chair of Trustees.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Regretfully the community meals service will cease on June 10th. The Board of Trustees has written to all those who use the service in order to ensure they have alternative arrangements in place.

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Rowleys Christmas lunch is a sell out!

It was probably the first time they had had the opportunity to dress up all year when 46 members of Rowleys Centre for the Community put on their glad-rags for a long-awaited Christmas lunch, on Friday December 16.

Everyone enjoyed seeing friends at the gathering where they tucked in to traditional Christmas fare and a glass of Bucks Fizz and were each presented with a gift of a pen.

They were entertained by Robert Lashford “The Hat Man” who played the organ and sung Christmas songs.

Centre Co-ordinator Gary Lee thanked the kitchen staff, Julian, Jenny and Will, for the wonderful meal as well as the many volunteers who helped not only at the Christmas lunch but for their efforts over the past two years. "We couldn't manage without you." he said.

The event will raise much needed funds for Rowleys - there will be a Christmas raffle this week and free coffee and cake on the morning on December 24th before the centre closes for the bank holiday.

Rowleys will re-open on December 29th for breakfast and Bingo until 1pm and then closes again until 4th January.

All guests took a lateral flow test as they entered the building.

A Christmas sale held at Rowleys in November raised a total of £360 after selling remaining items.

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web - Christmas sale L to R Anne Warzee Trustee - Rona Gregson - Trustee - Chris Thomson Volunteer

Rowleys Christmas sale brings in the cash 

Rowleys Christmas sale raised £360 at last count!! 

 

 

There was an array of gifts, jewellery, bric-a-brac as well as Christmas cards and decorations. This was one of the first sales of the year in the village and attracted a lot of visitors to the centre in Victoria Road. 

 

Trustees Rhona Gregson and Anne Warzee said they were “delighted” that it had been such a success and thanked everyone for coming along. 

 

Pictured are: l to r – Trustees Anne Warzee, Rhona Gregson and Rowleys volunteer Chris Thomson.  

 

 

 

 

Dementia Services - Melody Memories and Rosemary and Safe Cafe.

We have two new get togethers for those with dementia and their carers. Melody Memories is held on every 2nd and 4th Wednesday morning fro 10.30am to 12 noon. There is music, singing and fun for those experiencing dementiia and their carers. Refreshments are provided by a team of volunteers. For information call Carol on 07775 865125 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rosemary and Sage Cafe is open every Friday morning from 10.30 to 12 noon. Leave those experiencing memory problems with qualified carers for 2 hours every Friday. Supported by Waverley Borough Council. Further information from Carol on 07775 865125 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Spring break 2022

After a long period of uncertainty, we have decided to book a Spring break to the Isle of Wight from April 22nd to 25th to the Burlington Hotel in Sandown. The cost of £229 per person, includes coach travel, ferry crossing, half board accommodation and a full day excursion. See full details on our Trips and Weekend breaks page. 

Our hairdressers:

Jackie, Amy and Mandy were delighted to welcome back clients old and new after the pandemic closure.

The salon is newly refurbished and because it is separate from the community centre,the hairdressers and beauty therpists are able to offer clientele a unique service and guarantee our highest level of safety during these worrying times.
Although we realise certain things will have to change, we can offer:-
*Very competitive prices compared to high street!
*You will be able to park for free!
*You will feel secure as we have a strict policy of one in one out on a door lock basis, that means it will only be the client and stylist in the salon at any one time. Nobody else can enter the salon from the street.
*Guided appointment times, no waiting
*Safe payment either cash or cheque in an envelope or straight bank transfer.
*Of course we provide all hairdressing services using professional products and all social distancing measures and PPE will be adhered to at all times.

We are open Monday to Friday:-
Amy - Monday
Jackie - Tues/Wed to start back but eventually just Tuesday.
Mandy - Wed/Thurs/Friday... please call the main number 0330 0432413 to make an appointment , leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Lastly, we will do everything we can to make you feel as comfortable as we can during the Covid 19 pandemic, it has been a learning curve for us all and we have taken online tests to assure us and our clients that we will be up to standards with government guideline. Please bear with us while we settle into this new way of providing the best service we can.