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Countess of Wessex to visit Cobham

The opening of the Riverhill Regeneration Project will see the Countess of Wessex pay a visit to Cobham on July 9th.

The Riverhill Regeneration Project, which was completed last year, was a contribution to the 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations from Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust (CCHT) and it will see Her Royal Highness visit Riverhill in a few days time, where she will meet those involved in the project and members of the trust.


The main aim of the Riverhill Regeneration Project is to reinstate the area as a centre piece of the Cobham community and also to open up views along the River Mole while also enhancing the conservation area in which the village sits.

While there, The Countess will, unusually, unveil an information board explaining the project, before moving on to a platform overlooking the River Mole. There, Sophie will see a race of 20 plastic ducks, on a smaller scale than the one held every year as part of the Cobham Heritage day celebrations.

From Riverhill, The Countess of Wessex will pay a visit Cobham Mill; the 19th century mill is situated on the banks of the River Mole. As a Grade II listed building, it is Surrey’s only surviving fully working watermill and for decades the mill had fallen in to disrepair, but has been restored to its former glory.

Gerry Archer, chairman CCHT commented, “All of us in the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust are thrilled to be receiving HRH The Countess of Wessex to Cobham. I think this is the first Royal visit in to the Cobham community in our living memories and we want to showcase Riverhill and The Mill. I hope everyone will enjoy this special occasion”.

The Countess of Wessex will also visit The Tilt, where she will view the cherry trees planted in 1946 by the Cobham Afternoon Women’s Institute, in memory of residents who died during the Second World War. She will also view the memorial constructed by CCHT.

While in Cobham, Sophie will see the Cobham Band perform, while children of St Matthew’s School will demonstrate maypole dancing.
Photo Credit: @karmicthoughts

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