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Sir Ray Tindle CBE DL – 8 October 1926 to 16 April 2022

Sir Ray was made the first Freeman of Farnham for his philanthropy, civic pride and passion for the local community. 

See the Mayor of Farnham’s tribute to Sir Ray.

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Farnham Castle guests finally got a bar to enjoy courtesy of Sir Ray in 2001. Lady Finsberg, chairman of the trustees, said the opening of the bar was a ‘dream come true” for the castle. She thanked Sir Ray for making it possible and paid tribute to his “immense contribution to life in Farnham”. Copyright Farnham Herald
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Sir Ray run the annual Festival of Transport which sees a splendid cavalcade of classic, veteran and vintage vehicles each year supporting the work of Frimley Park Hospital. Copyright Farnham Herald.
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In 2006 Farnham Chamber of Commerce reflected on its most successful year since becoming independent in 2000. Sir Ray was particularly thanked for his continuing support as patron. Copyright Farnham Herald
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Bishop’s Meadow Lunch.
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The Farnham Chamber of Commerce treated Sir Ray to a special 80th birthday lunch in 2006 for being what they described as a “pillar of support” to the group since being invited to be its patron six years previously. Copyright Farnham Herald.
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Sir Ray Tindle, Alison Forman, Terry Heath, Wendy Craig, Assistant Pastor Guy Pritchard and Pastor Alastair Forman at Church House.
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The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice celebrated its return to full strength with the opening of its refurbished 18-bed Inpatient ward, along with a brand new coffee shop in 2009. It was a donation from Sir Ray which paid for the coffee shop and new kitchen area. Copyright Farnham Herald.
Services to Farnham award winners with Town Mayor Cllr Lucinda Fleming and Sir Ray Tindle and his wife. Copyright Farnham Herald.
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Sir Ray gifted Church House to a charitable trust in 2004 to ensure the historic Farnham building could continue to be used by local groups. Copyright Farnham Herald.
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Sir Ray stepped in to safeguard the Venison Dinner. The event might have faltered after health and safety rules limited diner numbers and it became difficult to maintain the dinner but Sir Ray guaranteed to fund any losses. Copyright Farnham Herald.
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The Citizens Advice Waverley were delighted to receive a donation a £10,000 donation from Sir Ray in 2008 to help keep their popular Mobile Advice Centre on the road. Copyright Farnham Herald.
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Sir Ray and the then Mayor Lucinda Fleming with Bishop’s Meadow trustees Jo Aylwin and Emma Longrigg raise a glass to celebrate the completion of the sale of the land in 2010. Sir Ray had bought the land to safeguard it from development for the town. Copyright Farnham Herald.
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The Army Benevolent Fund’s growing task of supporting wounded soldiers was helped by donations from Sir Ray and Lady Tindle in 2008. Sir Ray was asked to become vice-chairman of the Surrey Committee of the ABF. Copyright Farnham Herald.
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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