After 20 years of keeping an expert eye on the Gunpowder Mills site, with particular interest in the history and archaeological remains on the site, the members of the Gunpowder Mills Group are retiring, and the group is to be disbanded. Much has been achieved over the time, in partnership with the GBC Parks and Leisure team, in trying to stabilise the ruins and manage the site. Not an easy task, with different priorities and management styles, and of course within limited budgets.
At its last meeting, the Group invited the local parish Council, St Martha’s PC, that has always had representatives on the Gunpowder Mills group, to consider continuing their involvement. As a result, the representatives from the Parish Council will consider whether they should form a sub-group of the Council, so that the dialogue and good relations with GBC can continue. It is envisaged that local expert advice and the support of the community will continue as before.
The local Annual Gunpowder Mills Meeting, chaired by the Parish Council, will meet as usual in the autumn. The date has been set, and the village hall booked for Thursday November 8 at 7.70pm.
The community would like to thank the gunpowder Mills Group for giving freely of its time and expertise, to make the Gunpowder Mills a better place.
Chilworth Manor Vineyard is now in production, following a launch party held at the Manor on Sunday, May 20.
Everyone who had taken part in the picking of the grapes, and those who have expressed an interest in following the development of the vineyard were invited to a talk on how the wine was made.
The Wrigley family stressed how much they wanted to share the story of the vineyard with the local community and to involve the community as much as possible.
Attendees were then invited into the walled garden to taste this year’s vintage and to have the opportunity to buy a bottle or two to take home.
The newly appointed Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Mike Parsons, known to those in the west of the village as their elected borough councillor, attended officially with his wife and said a few words – pictured below with Graham and Mia Wrigley.
A new website for the vineyard has just been launched – click here to visit the site
Over thirty horses and riders converged on the very top of St Martha’s Hill on Horseman’s Sunday. They were joined by as many again on foot.
This old tradition has been revived this year by the Surrey Hills Board, and the Equestrian Group it has formed, as part of an initiative to promote and celebrate horse riding in the Surrey Hills.
In glorious sunshine, all the horses lined up with their heads over the church wall. Reverend Stephanie Sokolowski, used a traditional branch of hyssop to bless each horse and pony, and delivered a short celebratory service outside St Martha’s Church. Participants all received a souvenir rosette as a memento before riding off to enjoy the bridleways in the area