Community Group

The Community Group was set up to raise funds for the village.

NEXT MEETING of the Community Group
Monday, July 11th 6:30pm in the Memorial Hall. All welcome.

Bookings are invited for the Cranmore marquees… Make your summer intense!
Tents for hire

Cranmore Litterpick
On the sunny Sunday afternoon of March 22nd, a large group of volunteers gave up a couple of hours to clear up the litter along the roadsides in Cranmore and Dean. Here is a personal message from Chairman Grant Bolton: I would like to say a great big thank you to everybody who turned up! I was surprised both with the number of volunteers and the amount of litter collected!

Good job!



All residents of the village are members of the group.  There is a committee which meets once a month.  Anyone from the village can join the meetings, The only elected members are the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer.  At present there are approximately 12 people who meet to discuss the next event.

There is a special sub-committee of enthusiastic volunteers who meet to plan the next Summer Fayre, which will probably be in August in Jill’s Close. Watch for details!

Some of the Events put on by the group :

  • The Annual Village Fayre. In the past this was held on August Bank Holiday Monday every year in Jill’s Close. In 2015 it was held on Saturday July 25th, centred on the Village Hall and the Strode Arms.
  • Occasional Dances. The 2014 Village Hop was a great event.
  • The Halloween Childrens disco always held on 31st October each year
  • Quizzes – at various times throughout the year
  • Mouse Race
  • Christmastime Music Night in December
  • Walks in the surrounding countryside

The Community Group own 4 marquees which are used for various events throughout the year.  The marquees are also for hire.

Monies raised during the events and from marquee hire is used to enhance the village.  In April each year the groups and societies can ask for a grant for specific projects. i.e. funds have been used for new safety matting for the village play equipment, upkeep of the village hall, different projects on the churches, the tennis and cricket clubs. It is also used for the free Halloween childrens disco, only children from outside the village need to pay.  Funds raised at the quizzes also help local charities, like the Somerset Air Ambulance.


Monday Evening, 4th June and what a turn out for the books – the rain stopped and there was SUNSHINE and a beautifully clear and warm evening. Cranmore took up the invitation to share a Jubilee Beacon bonfire with a private party near Cranmore Tower. Car parking was provided, bales of straw made excellent seating and viewing over the large bonfire set further down the field. A catering van provided hot sustenance and many of us brought our own food and drink. As the light faded, and a bright moon rose our beacon was lit. We could see for miles watching other beacons glowing near and far, on the horizon from east to west with a bonus of enjoying their firework displays – a night that is certain to be etched in our memories for many years to come, a very special evening with the warmth of the bonfire and it’s glow on our faces with the buzz of friendly chatter for years to come. 

Tuesday 5th June at East Somerset Railway.                                                        

Preparation for this event started in September 2011, and the WI were to be seen busying themselves making bunting. There were cup cakes being made and much rehearsing for the Cranmore Cranes  while the committee regularly met to ensure the event was well organised. The Quiz Night in Cranmore’s Strode Arms and other events were organised to raise funds for the event. This was an all ticket afternoon/evening event, free to villagers in the parish of Cranmore, at The East Somerset Railway, and well over 350 tickets were issued. Excitement had been building for quite a time.

The day turned out to be cold, windy and very wet, and we were thankful for the Community Group’s tents to shelter in, draped with soggy bunting, but sheer grit and determination meant the event went ahead, and no thought of cancellation entered the team of organisers’ heads after all the effort that had beeen put in beforehand …………. there was also the thought that if the Queen could stand for 3 hours in the driving rain and cold two days before then there was no reason why we should give in to the weather!! 

On the day the East Somerset Railway staff volunteered their time, taking three train loads down the line and back, with children waving their Union Jack flags frantically from the carriage windows. The bar was set up in one of the carriages, the station’s cafe staff served tea and later in the evening provided burgers and hotdogs and our local cyder man provided liquid refreshment on tap as well. The beautifully decorated cupcakes served on the day were made by the some of the villagers and the official cake in a Union Jack design was officially cut by Rosemary apRees, Chairman of Cranmore Parish Council. The Parish Council organised commemorative mugs which had already been issued to children and were made available to anyone on the day for £4.50 each until all were sold. A small display of photographs of Cranmore over the last 60 years brought back memories for many, and we could boast that within the parish lived someone who had been a choir boy at the Coronation Service in St Paul’s Cathedral 60 years ago who still held a precious momento of the choral music book specially produced for this occasion in which he took part.  The merriment in Cranmore was greatly aided by our very own home-grown morris men, The Cranmore Cranes, who entertained the crowds with their unique, but lively dance routines using sticks and hankies, and suitably dressed for the occasion, by Alan Price their wardrobe manager. Taking the village photo, in the rain proved difficult but was finally achieved thanks to a smart-thinking photographer standing on the roof of a car. Umbrellas were lowered and flags were raised as the shutters clicked, before the inevitable downpour sent everyone dashing for cover.

The ‘Hoddinott Band’ decided that splashing in puddles to barn dance rhythm was not quite the best way to continue the evening celebrations so they set up in the restaurant and delighted their audience until 10pm with various folk songs and well known ridiculous rhymes. No doubt many photos were taken and our very own village photographer ensured the event was well recorded for many to enjoy for years to come. 

(This page was last updated on June 26th, 2016)