History Society meets the NT Ferguson Gang on Tuesday, Mar 13

The History Society meets this Tuesday March 13 in the Village Hall at 8pm to hear the story of the Ferguson Gang, a secret society of women dedicated to helping save historic buildings for the National Trust.

The talk will focus on Shalford Mill, one of the first to be saved by the group, and who met there secretly to plan their exploits and fund-raising, using pseudonyms to hide their real identity, and costumes and disguises.

Learn more about these colourful characters and see whether their real identities are revealed…


Dismay over proposed demolition on New Rd for new development

A website has been set up to encourage objections to the demolition of the old, double fronted cottage at 74 New Road Chilworth, to make way for a development of nine New Houses behind.

All details of the proposed development, and guidance on how to object can be found on the website www.chilworth-says-enough.compress on this address and you will be taken to the website.

Objections to the demolition and proposed erection of nine two-story dwellings must be received by the Planning office at GBC by March 14 2018 – Building reference 18/P/00257

Parking issues for Chilworth residents off New Road

There is concern in the Shalford Parish part of the village about parking. The number of new houses that have been built on New Road over the last 10 years has led to village residents wanting to park on the several cul-de-sacs off New Road. This has lead to problems for residents of the cul-de-sacs.

The problem has been partially solved by erecting “Residents only” signs on some cul-de-sacs. However, this is not the case for all the cul-de-sacs opening off New Road in Shalford Parish.

Our local MP, Anne Milton, has got involved and is liaising with Guildford Borough Council to resolve this problem in the next few months.”
M. Williams
Shalford Parish Chilworth resident

Monitoring the River Tillingbourne – update

The Tillingbourne has been monitored by volunteers since the Spring of 2016 and volunteers are now active in every village along the length of the river. River invertebrate samples are also reguarly collected by volunteers at Shalford, Chilworth, Albury, and Gomshall.
Surveys appear to suggest that sediment pollution getting into the river from the surrounding land is one of the main issues affecting the Tillingbourne. Too much sediment can smother river bed habitats reducing both invertebrate populations and fish spawning areas so combatting this issue is at the top of the agenda.
The Tillingbourne is an important wildlife corridor across Surrey and will become a focus area for Surrey Wildlife Trust over the coming years. We will be looking at expanding our current volunteer project by training more river monitors and holding more practical river restoration task days in those areas of the river most in need of a bit of help. The graph below shows the Riverfly scores for 2017.

Glen Skelton – Wetland Landscapes Officer
Surrey Wildlife Trust