August Blog - Star Volunteer and Creative drawing competition for children

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Welcome to our August blog, where we share some favourite walks and cycle rides in the Cranleigh area, announce the launch of our ‘Star Volunteer’ competition, and let you know about our summer competition for creative kids.

Walk this Way!

There’s so much to love about Cranleigh, but for many residents it’s the spectacular surrounding countryside that attracts them to this part of the world. We really are spoilt for superb walks and cycle routes, whether you prefer a bracing climb or a gentle stroll beside a canal. If you’re looking for some outdoors inspiration, here are just three suggestions for gorgeous walks this summer . . .

The Downs Link

Following the route of a disused railway line, the Downs Link runs all the way from Guildford to Shoreham-by-Sea. Perfect for walkers or cyclists, it covers 37 miles in total, but you can opt for shorter sections, for example the 6.7 mile route from Run Common, passing through Cranleigh and Baynards and ending at Rudgwick. (Tip – treat yourself to refreshments at Rudgwick’s Milk Churn coffee shop, where Sussex Charmer cheese on toast is a specialty.)

Leith Hill

This National Trust beauty spot is set in the magnificent Surrey Hills. Park at Windy Gap and take the energetic climb up to Leith Hill Tower. From here the 360 degree views are simply stunning – at 1029ft (329m) this is the highest point in the south east of England. The tower was built in 1765 as ‘a place for people to enjoy the glory of the English countryside’. Two hundred and fifty years later the sights are as awe-inspiring as ever. On a clear day, it’s possible to see the English Channel to the south, and Wembley Stadium Arch to the north.

The Wey and Arun Canal

The central section of this wonderful restored canal passes very close to Cranleigh. The tow-path is perfect for leisurely walking, with lots of wildlife to see along the way. Passing through woodland and open landscapes of Surrey and West Sussex, walks beside this historic canal are full of surprises. There are many places to join the route, but you could try beginning at Shalford near Guildford, or further south at Loxwood. For more information visit the Wey and Arun Canal website at

Launch of Star Volunteer competition

Do you know an unsung hero who gives their time generously for the benefit of others? If so, why not help us to recognise their efforts by taking part in our latest Roger Coupe Star Award competition?

The Star Volunteer category is intended to honour local, inspirational individuals who don’t always get the appreciation they deserve.

Perhaps you know someone who volunteers for a charity or a good cause within our community, whether that’s caring for wildlife or working in a charity shop? Or you might like to nominate a kind neighbour who selflessly helps others. Nominations are now open to everyone in and around the Roger Coupe catchment area, which includes Cranleigh, Ewhurst, Rudgwick, Dunsfold, Alfold, Shamley Green, Wonersh, Forest Green, Loxwood, Ifold and Kirdford.  To make a nomination email with a short description of your nominee, the work they undertake, why they deserve to win, their contact details and where they live. Please also include your own contact details.

Nominations can be made until midnight on Wednesday 23rd August 2017.

Calling all creative kids!

The summer holidays are almost upon us, and parents everywhere are wondering how they’ll keep their children busy over the long vacation. We hope our latest kids’ competition will help engage their  imaginations – and offer an insight into the world of architecture and design.


The competition is open to schoolchildren aged 7-16, and their challenge is to design an ultimate dream home. Entries must be drawn, and can include unlimited luxuries and mod-cons, from swimming pools to sunken baths, games rooms and fun garden features.

Designs should be annotated, highlighting the property’s location and top selling points. Finally, we’d like entrants to include an ‘Offers in excess’ guide price – so they can test their skills as property valuers too.

All entries will be displayed on the digital screen in our Cranleigh branch window. The winner will also see their entry appear on nationwide property portals including Rightmove and Zoopla.  It will be listed just like a ‘real’ house, with property details, description, room sizes, monthly running costs and a floor plan - all created by Roger Coupe.

To enter, either collect a template entry form from Roger Coupe’s office or alternatively it can be downloaded here:

Entries must be received no later than Sunday 3rd September 2017. Each entry must have the following information clearly stated on the back: Child’s name, age and parent or carer’s full contact details.