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Tribute to Sir Ray Tindle CBE DL

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On behalf of the whole community, Councillor Alan Earwaker, the Mayor of Farnham has paid tribute to Sir Ray Tindle who was always generous, charming and a shrewd businessman.  He was made the first Freeman of Farnham for his philanthropy, civic pride and passion for the local community. 

Over the years, Sir Ray was a prime mover in saving some key Farnham assets that faced an uncertain future as well as helping unemployed people through his Tindle Enterprise Centres. He responded to the community in purchasing the Wrecclesham Community Centre and gifting it to the town; he provided key finance to enable the Bishop’s Meadow Trust to purchase the water meadows; and he purchased the historic Church House and the adjacent magistrate’s court.

The name Tindle is now synonymous with Farnham and Sir Ray has left an indelible mark with his generosity and support for local schools, clubs and community organisations. 

Farnham Town Council is particularly grateful to Sir Ray for being the inspiration and sponsor of the Services to Farnham Awards which recognise the service to the town he loved. 

In 2014 a newly refurbished area of the Town Hall was named the Tindle Suite in honour of Sir Ray and Lady Tindle’s philanthropy and service to the town.

The Mayor said “There is no doubt that Sir Ray was ‘Mr Farnham’ and the town has benefited greatly from his immense contribution over many decades and his bringing together key players when there were controversial local matters under discussion.  He always did so with a smile and good humour and we all valued his wise counsel. Our condolences go to his widow, Lady Tindle, and family at their loss.”

Cake showing Sir Ray Tindle’s philanthropy and service to the town.
Services to Farnham award winners with Town Mayor Cllr Lucinda Fleming and Sir Ray Tindle and his wife.
Brigadier Paddy Blagden and Sir Ray and Lady Tindle at the opening of the Tindle Suite at the Farnham Town Council offices in 2014
Brigadier Paddy Blagden and Sir Ray and Lady Tindle at the opening of the Tindle Suite 2014.
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