Who and what are the Friends?
The Friends of Dunsfold Common was officially created on 11 April 1958 “to promote the permanent preservation and improvement (of the Common) for the benefit of the public generally and especially of the inhabitants of the Parish of Dunsfold”. It is a registered charity and is a membership organisation with membership “open to any person resident or owning property in the said Parish”. In reality, membership is open to other interested individuals. At present many of those living on or near the Common are members of the Friends.
How are we financed?
Support and hence membership of the Friends comes in a number of different forms. Some make a regular donation, normally annually, in amounts ranging from £5 to £50. In most cases these donations are made under Deed of Covenant which means that the Friends get the added advantage of being able to reclaim tax from the Inland Revenue. In other cases, some prefer to make contributions on a more ad hoc basis, sometimes in response to requests or at an activity organised by the Friends. Donations are always welcome. See below if you wish to make a contribution.
What do we do?
The Friends has no power or authority of its own but in three important ways it acts to protect and further the interests of the Common:
For the Millennium
To mark the Millennium the Friends provided three benches for the use of those using the Common.
When do we meet?
Our Annual General Meeting is normally held in March or April each year. At this time there is generally an opportunity for villagers to make comments about the Common. Also at the AGM we include a speaker, as well as refreshments and a raffle. At other times of the year we arrange other activities such as a regular challenge against the Friends of Hascombe in either skittles or bowls.
These may be made to our Hon Treasurer, David Airey at Ivy Cottage, The Common, Dunsfold GU8 4LL, who can provide donation and covenant forms.
Alastair Bentall (Chair), David Airey (Treasurer), Martin Gardiner, John Hedger, Wynn Pearson (Secretary), Robert Stedall and Mence Wilkinson.
We all care about this beautiful part of Surrey. Let us strive to preserve our heritage here for future generations.