Cranleigh Games 2012

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The Rotary Club of Cranleigh organised two days of "sporting" events in various venues around Cranleigh village over the weekend of 14 -15  July 2012.

On 14 July, local MP Ann Milton, accompanied by the Mayor of Waverley and other local dignitaries,  started the events at 10 am in Stocklund Square by cutting the ribbon to start the 2K race.

The intention was to celebrate the Olympic Games later in the month, as well as getting the local community involved to see what pastimes, hobbies and clubs are available in the village.

Games and competitions ranged from bridge, chess and scrabble to BMX and skateboarding, table tennis, archery, cake baking, welly throwing, a dog show and talent competitions.

Numerous voluntary organisations came together to plan and execute these events, which were aimed at raising funds for the Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust. Businesses were involved in supporting or sponsoring various games and competitions and providing trophies and prizes.

Many venues were donated without charge, the Leisure Centre facilities were all free over both days and places such as the Library and the Arts Centre planned their own contributions to the events.

Although the outdoor activities were affected by bad weather, the indoor events, such as table tennis, bridge, chess and Scrabble were well supported. The dog show was also able to take place when the rain abated, though with a reduced number of entries. Competitions were also held for the best jams, jellies, chutneys, marmalades and cakes.

"We brought the events on the newly inaugurated Bruce McKenzie memorial field to a close as the ground was getting progressively saturated, but the other events carried on in the village, including a treasure hunt at the library," said Jane O'Leary, President of the Rotary Club of Cranleigh and the driving force behind the Games.

New Dawn Fitness, Sayers Croft, Scouts and Guides were all involved and there were opportunities to try tennis, BMX riding and petanque. The bridge tea was a winner, with 14 tables taking part, as was the quiz evening, when the winners were a team from the local Methodist Church, who called themselves the Amnesiacs.

On Sunday morning, the annual Rotary 10K and 3K races took place from Snoxhall, and they were once again a great success.

"Costs for Saturday and the games in general were just about covered by the sponsorship received and we delighted to be able to donate over £800 to the Hospital Trust," said Mrs. O'Leary.

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