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Friends of St. Michael's Hospice

Formed in 1989 by Valerie Buckley, The Friends of St. Michael’s Hospice continues to generate vital income to support St. Michael’s Hospice today.

These funds contribute towards maintaining the excellent standard of palliative care for which the Hospice is renowned.

The years have seen members come and go but an original few still play a vital role more than 30 years later. Today, the Friends are as committed to their fundraising activities as ever and organise a wide variety of annual events. These events are organised and run by the Friends and form a vital lifeline of valuable funds raised for the Hospice. With scheduled events taking place throughout the year, the Friends not only provide financial support but also spread awareness and goodwill for the Hospice amongst the community. The aim of the Friends has always been to organise fabulous, affordable and entertaining events, including, talks, auctions, lunches, tournaments, gift fairs, and sports events – to name but a few. Such is the high standard and reputation of these events that tickets always sell out fast!

In 2020 like many others we had to cancel our events and we had a Hospice crisis appeal as our funds were right down with all St. Michael’s Hospice charity shops closed and absolutely no fundraising at all.  Due to the enormous generosity of you all we managed to raise over £262,000.  Thank you all for your support and generosity.

For information on how to contact The Friend’s of St. Michael’s Hospice, please see details at the foot of the page.

Our Annual Events 

Please note that many of these events have had to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021 but we hope to have a full calendar in 2022.

The Mattingley Tennis at Cheam School

July

This annual tennis tournament has been running for over 7 years and takes place during early July and is an eagerly anticipated social event for kids!

Around 200 children aged from 12-15 years compete in mixed doubles on various local tennis courts all culminating with tea and prize giving at Cheam School. As well as a great way for children to meet, it also provides them with a valuable introduction to the Hospice and the great work that it does within the community.

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The Farleigh Wallop Clay Shoot

September

Unfortunately this event will not be taking place in 2021.

The clay pigeon shoot at Farleigh House, Farleigh Wallop by kind invitation of Viscount Lymington and Chris Allen, has been running for 30 years.

The happy day has evolved and grown and now there are a minimum of 30 teams (4 guns in each) competing for Best Team, Best Individual, Winner of the Knat Challenge and Winner of the Flush. The day starts promptly at 9am with bacon butties and coffee in the Estate’s beautiful barns.  The guns then go to the field to start a friendly competitive morning of shooting run by Cavendish Events. Lunch back in the barn is a hearty plate of hog roast and salads followed by legendry treacle tart and chocolate brownies. The day ends with prize giving and a sweepstake.

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Golf at Windlesham Golf Club

September

Unfortunately this event will not be taking place in 2021.

The Friends of St. Michael’s Hospice Golf Day has been generously hosted by Peter and Jane Lumley at Windlesham Golf Club since 2011.

We have regularly enjoyed the support of the local golfing fraternity for what has become a much anticipated annual event held in September each year. The format has developed over the years and teams of four are invited to play a Texas Scramble round with prizes for the top two teams. There are also prizes for the “Nearest the Pin”, “Straightest Drive” and “Beat the Pro” for both the men and the ladies! The Golf Day begins when the teams register from 11am and enjoy the most delicious brunch in the Orangery. They then continue out onto the course for 18 holes of competitive golf. Whilst the score cards are calculated, the teams unwind in the clubhouse where our fabulous raffle is on display. The grand finale is our marvellous prize giving complete with drinks and canapes. We would like to thank all those golfers who have been such steadfast supporters of this event and we very much hope to host it again in 2021.

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The Christmas Fair at Sandford Springs Golf Club

October

Unfortunately this event will not be taking place in 2021.

This Christmas Fair taking place at the beginning of October has been running for 5 years.

It is an incredibly busy, bubbly and fun event and a brilliant opportunity to nail some seriously good Christmas shopping. There are over 50 stands and within these, there are favourites returning year after year and newbies launching their fantastic unique products.  Sandford Springs Golf Club generously share their facilities with the shoppers for the day and breakfast, lunch, or coffee and cake is available upstairs to those who want to rest and catch up with friends.

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Carol Concert at All Saints in Odiham

December

This is a new event to the Friends and sadly like many events this year its debut was cancelled. We look forward to planning another concert in 2021 in this beautiful church in Odiham.

Bridge Lunches

There is a bridge lunch or tea at least once a year at various venues. We usually have about 80 people and it is a very popular event usually it is quite informal but we do sometimes have the world famous Andrew Robson down who tutors us! A delicious lunch or tea is a big part of the event.

300 Club

We run a 300 club alternate years where half of the money received is returned in prizes.

The Friends Committee comprises:

  • Val Buckley
  • Judy Chetwood
  • Bounce Heald
  • Susannah Livingstone Booth
  • Clare Longfield
  • Jane Lumley
  • Jane Lyons
  • Joy MacAndrew
  • Lou Mason
  • Tia May
  • Henrietta Mogg
  • Trisha Rock
  • Clare Rutherford
  • Gemma Scott Knight
  • Suzie Scott-Malden
  • Ginny Young

Further Information

If you would like further information on The Friends, or any of their activities, please contact Jane Lyons, Chair of The Friends, at janelyons@talktalk.net