Restoring the countryside to the heart of Cobham

Riverhill Site Plan

Riverhill Site Plan

View towards the Mill

An artist's impression of the new view towards the Mill and how it looked 100 years ago.

Artist impression - towards the Mill
View of the Mill 100 years ago

View towards the new platform

An artist's impression of the new view towards the new platform and from the road.

Artist impression - towards the Platform
Artis's impression of the Platform from the road

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Royal Honour for Riverhill, Cobham


Members of the community in Cobham enjoyed a wonderful afternoon on the 9th July 2014 when HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO visited The Riverhill Regeneration Project. The Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust together with local schools, clubs, volunteers, businesses and Elmbridge Borough Council raised £150,000 to complete this award-winning regeneration project.

Her Royal Highness unveiling a new Riverhill information boardHer Royal Highness met those involved in the project, as well as members of the Trust and viewed the work which had been carried out. To cheers from the crowds, Her Royal Highness unveiled a new information board dedicating the project to the Diamond Jubilee 1952-2012. Sam Perkins (age 8) presented The Countess of Wessex with a commemorative book about the project.

HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO and Emily BanfieldOne of the many highlights of the afternoon was a mini duck race on the River Mole. 20 plastic ducks, each one named after a member of the Royal family were designed by Children from the three local schools who have been involved with the project (Royal Kent School, St. Andrew's School and St. Matthew's School).

Watched by the crowd, the little ducks raced down the River Mole to the finishing line by the new viewing platform. The winning duck, named after Prince Andrew was presented to Her Royal Highness by Emily Banfield (age 6) as a wonderful reminder of the afternoon.

The duck race represented miniature version of Cobham's annual Heritage Day event (to be held on the 13th September this year) when 8,000 plastic ducks race down the river Mole.

Her Royal Highness then enjoyed a demonstration by the Cobham Millers when she toured Cobham Mill, Surrey's sole surviving Water Mill.

Escorted by Sir Gerald Acher, Chairman of the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust, The Countess of Wessex then moved to The Tilt where a tea party provided by Waitrose in Cobham was in full swing. Children from St Matthew's School performed a Maypole dancing demonstration and the Cobham Band provided uplifting music for the afternoon. Her Royal Highness enjoyed a cup of tea whilst meeting members of the Cobham Evening WI who had kindly made the cakes for the party, members of the Royal British Legion and some of the many volunteers who support the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust throughout the year.

To the delight of the crowds Her Royal Highness swapped places with Glenn Hayter, the Cobham Band's ConductorTo the delight of the crowds Her Royal Highness swapped places with Glenn Hayter, the Cobham Band's Conductor and briefly took over the baton to conduct the Band.

Under blue skies, Her Royal Highness spent time reading a memorial stone at the Avenue of Remembrance dedicated to remembering those who lost their lives in the Second World War.

Sophie Perkins presents Her Royal Highness with a posy of flowersAfter a short speech of thanks by Sir Gerald Acher, Sophie Perkins (age 5) presented Her Royal Highness with a posy of flowers before she departed.

Sir Gerald Acher, Chairman of the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust said, "This was an outstanding afternoon for Cobham, made perfect by the gracious presence of HRH The Countess of Wessex. The Riverhill project has helped bring our community together in celebration of our rich heritage and The Countess clearly enjoyed the happy village atmosphere as she chatted to many who had come out to welcome her."

Councillor Mary Sheldon, Portfolio Holder of Leisure and Culture at Elmbridge Borough Council, said, "The Riverhill refurbishment project completed by the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust in partnership with Elmbridge Borough Council and with support from the local community, Surrey County Council and businesses is a resounding success. It is a shining example of how a strong commitment by the community can revitalise our neighbourhoods. The Council is delighted to have been involved in this exciting project to make sure that this picturesque part of Cobham can be fully enjoyed by residents and visitors alike".

See the Photo Gallery on the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust website by clicking here

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 22:31

Royal Visitor to Riverhill


Next week the High Street will be flying Union Jacks from all the flag poles above the shops because on Wednesday afternoon we have a very special visitor to Cobham. We are delighted to announce that HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO will be visiting Cobham on Wednesday 9th July 2014 to open the Riverhill Regeneration Project, our contribution to the 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Her Royal Highness will meet those involved in the project, as well as members of the Trust and will view the work carried out. The Countess of Wessex will unveil an information board explaining the project and will then move on to the new platform overlooking the River Mole to view a mini race of 20 plastic ducks (every September 8,000 plastic ducks race down this stretch of river as part of Cobham’s Heritage day celebrations).


Her Royal Highness will then move to the Tilt, visiting Cobham Mill (Surrey’s sole surviving Water Mill) en route. At the Tilt The Countess of Wessex will view the avenue of cherry trees planted by the Cobham Afternoon WI in 1946 in memory of Cobham residents who lost their lives in the Second World War, after which Her Royal Highness will view the memorial constructed recently by the Cobham Conservation & Heritage Trust. The Cobham Band will be playing and there will be a demonstration of Maypole dancing by children from St Matthews School, Downside. There will be a small tea party for invited guests of the Trust, which has been provided by Waitrose Ltd and Cobham Evening WI.

The unveiling of the information board can be viewed from the High Street side of Riverhill. The Duck Race can be viewed from the grassed bank to the east (left) of the platform. Members of the public should be in position by 2.15pm latest.

To view the celebrations on the Tilt, the public should arrive by 2.45pm. There is no car parking available at either site but there is a public car park at Hollyhedge Road Cobham and an overflow car park on the Leg O’Mutton Field opposite the Hollyhedge Car Park. This overflow car park will be opened at 1.30pm and closed at 5.30pm on 9th July.

This is a very special event for Cobham and for the Cobham Heritage Trust and we believe it is the first Royal visit to the Community of Cobham in living Memory. So we hope you will do your utmost to come out and support us either at Riverhill or the Tilt. Even the weather looks set fine!

Thank you for your support.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 July 2014 08:19

Riverhill awarded a Green Flag Award


Keep Britain Tidy recognises Riverhill in Cobham as an award-winning green space for 2013/2014.

Riverhill in Cobham, Surrey is one of the very best in the UK – and that's official.

Riverhill Green Flag Award 2013/2014

The prestigious national award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities. The Riverhill Regeneration project passed an extensive assessment to qualify highly for the award.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 March 2014 10:41

Riverhill Poetry Competition Results


We have been very pleased with the fantastic response to our Riverhill "On the Riverbank" poetry competition. We received over 200 entries and the standard was very impressive which made it all the more difficult for our judging panel to choose the winners. However, our panel of four, including Peter Owen (nephew of Wilfred Owen and President of the Wilfred Owen Association), Lady Acher (Cobham Heritage Trust), Bryony South (The Cobham Bookshop) and Lynne Randell (Riverhill Committee, Schools Liaison)  persevered and finally agreed on the winners.

Riverhill Poetry Competition Winners

Riverhill Poetry Competition - Prize Giving VideoThe prizes were awarded during this year’s Cobham Heritage Day on the 14th Sept 2013 and naturally the ceremony took place on the Riverhill platform overlooking the river. We would like to thank Newcourt Residential who kindly sponsored the competition.

The winners and some of the runner ups are pictured above and a video of the prize giving can be seen by clicking on the video to the right. The winning poems are reproduced below. Congratulations to all our winners and the runner ups.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 22:47

Riverhill wins Open Space Award for Community Engagement


Riverhill receives Open Spaces AwardThe Riverhill regeneration project led by Cobham Heritage has been given a national Open Space Award by the Open Spaces Society. This is for its work in transforming the Riverhill site from a scrubby, unattractive area, to an accessible wild meadow of exceptional beauty, with a viewing platform.

The Cobham Heritage project delivered in partnership with Elmbridge Borough Council. They will continue to manage the site together for the future.

The Open Spaces Society's chairman, Tim Crowther (left), presented the Special Award for Community Engagement to David Tipping (right), vice-chairman of the trust, and Laura Richardson (centre) of Elmbridge Borough Council at the society's annual general meeting in Birmingham on Tuesday (16 July).

Says Tim Crowther: 'The way in which Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust has galvanised all-round support for a very successful public open space initiative has been outstanding. It is a striking example of how best to get local people active and involved in a community project. Elmbridge Borough Council deserves recognition too for the vital part it played in getting this project to a successful conclusion. This project is a worthy winner of the Open Spaces Society's Special Award for Community Engagement.'

The vice-chairman of Cobham Heritage, David Tipping said 'We are delighted to receive the award on behalf of the Cobham Conservation & Heritage Trust, Elmbridge Borough Council and the community. This project would not have been achieved without the strong partnership between the two organisations.'

Tim presented the Trust with a certificate and in due course the society will mark the award with a plaque for the site.

Well done to all those who donated their time and money to make the Riverhill project such a success.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 March 2014 10:44

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