Village Competition 2017

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Community

Rowledge has a strong sense of community. There is a thriving “centre” with an excellent butcher, post office and convenience store, coffee shop, hairdresser and garage, and two public houses.

Church and School (including Pre-School) are very active and there is a wide variety of local societies, sports and social activities, centred on the Village Hall, St. James' Church, Methodist Church Hall, Rowledge Club and the Recreation Ground.

The Village is renowned for the Rowledge Village Fayre held annually on Spring Bank Holiday Monday at the Recreation Ground. The Fayre raises a significant amount of money for local charities and is attended by large numbers of local residents and visitors from miles around.

Many residents are commuters and a significant number of residents are retired (some 23%). The excellent local school has attracted lots of young families which provides a good mix of age groups. They enjoy the good quality of life in a friendly, welcoming community with lots going on for all age groups.

For example, the Village Hall is very well utilised on weekdays with a morning playgroup every day, beavers, cubs and scouts, ballet, drama, art, playball and toddler groups for children. Adults are catered for with Pilates, yoga, salsa dancing, badminton, art and amateur dramatics. Typically, approximately 700 people pass through in a week. At weekends the Hall is regularly hired for childrens parties and adult celebrations.

Friday mornings at the "Coffee Spot " in the Village Hall has become a very popular place to meet friends over coffee and a piece of delicious cake. The local Neighbourhood Police drop in regularly, as do our local Councillors and MP, to keep abreast of residents issues and concerns.

Rowledge won the Community category in the Fullers Surrey Village of the Year Competition in 2010 and narrowly missed (by one point) being Surrey Village of the Year.