Saturday September 22 is Chilworth Manor Harvest day


We would like to invite you to
The Friends of Chilworth Manor Vineyard Harvest Day
on Saturday 22 September at 9 am

Apologies for the short notice, we expected to get back to you early next week with a harvest date, but here we are already – it’s harvest time!

The one certainty we have learned through the experience of growing vines, is how unpredictable each growing season can be!

Last year was book-ended by damaging frosts in April and wet, cool weather in the run-up to harvest. In stark contrast, this year has turned out to be something of a miracle. Just as in the garden, where shrubs and trees that produce flowers have done so spectacularly, so in the vineyard …

Bud-burst in April led seamlessly to a very even flowering and a subsequent fruit-set that was full of potential. Blessed by almost perfect weather conditions throughout these key periods and an incredible summer in which to ripen, that potential has matured into a wonderful crop.

Interested to help out and free on Saturday 22 September?

The Harvest starts at 9 am sharp and will finish mid to late afternoon. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. We will provide gloves, but you can also bring your own if you prefer. Please come appropriately dressed for work in the outdoors, wear sturdy shoes and don’t forget your waterproofs.

If you’re interested, please email Sasja on before Wednesday 19 September (for catering purposes)

Unfortunately this will be the only chance to pick this year.
2018 has been a very exciting first year for us. Thank you for joining us on our journey and choosing to stay in touch. Hope to see you during harvest!

The Chilworth Manor Vineyard Team


Oct 31 – Invitation to join local walk and short ceremony at Chilworth Station

This invitation has been sent by the Community Rail partnership, and is extended to all in the village.

Dear All,
As you know we’ve been working for some time on new maps to be sited at 5 stations on the North Downs Line which will point visitors to the North Downs Way. These maps show the local area, attractions and sites near to the station and the full route of the North Downs Way, highlighting the Surrey Hills AONB.

To celebrate the unveiling of the new signs and maps, I will be leading a walk of about 6km on Wednesday 31st October, from Shalford station to Chilworth station via footpaths and bridleways along the North Downs Way. We’ll visit St Martha’s Church, Chilworth Manor and the Gunpowder Mills on our way. Leaving Shalford at 1pm, arriving in Chilworth at 3pm for a snack at the Percy Arms.

The official unveiling by Mike Goodman of Surrey CC (Chair of the North Downs Line Community Rail Partnership) will take place at Chilworth Station around 3.30.

I would be delighted to see you on the walk or at Chilworth for the official bit.
The signs will be sited at Shalford, Chilworth, Gomshall, Dorking Deepdene (both sides) and Betchworth.

Please let me know in advance if you are able to attend any or all of the parts of the afternoon.
Kind regards,
David Daniels

Sussex Community Rail Partnership – North Downs Line Mobile 07939 036131
Please be aware that my normal working days are Monday to Thursday inclusive

GBC invites comments on modifications to the GBC Local Plan

Message from Guildford Borough Council Planning Policy Consultations

Dear Sir or Madam

Guildford Local Plan: Strategy and Sites – Main Modifications 2018

You are invited to take part in the consultation on Guildford Borough Council’s Local Plan: Strategy and Sites – Main Modifications 2018. We are contacting you because you have previously indicated that you would like to receive notifications about planning policy matters. If you no longer wish to recieve these notifications, please let us know by emailing

The Local Plan sets out the vision for the whole borough and the Council’s approach to development up to 2034. The plan plays an important role in shaping the borough’s future – how our town and villages develop, protecting and enhancing our natural environment, developing our local economy, improving leisure and visitor facilities, addressing transport and infrastructure needs and supporting more sustainable forms of travel.

The Council submitted the submission Local Plan: Strategy and Sites to the Secretary of State in December 2017. The plan has since been subject to public examination by an independent Inspector, which is still ongoing. Following a series of public hearing sessions, the Inspector has found that the plan is sound subject to a number of main modifications. The Council is consulting on the proposed modifications for six weeks from 12 noon on 11 September 2018 to 12 noon on 23 October 2018.

The Schedule of Main Modifications can be found on the consultation webpage at You can also see a version of the plan with the modifications inserted for reference. Printed copies of the schedule, the plan and other relevant documents will be available during the consultation at the reception in the Council’s Millmead offices during normal office hours and in the borough’s libraries during opening hours.

You can make comments on the Schedule of Main Modifications online through the consultation webpage. Alternatively, you can send us your comments by email to or by writing to Planning Policy, Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BB. If you email or write to us, please ensure that it is clear which proposed main modification each of your comments relates to. Each modification is numbered in the schedule.

Please note that verbal or anonymous comments cannot be taken into consideration.

All duly made comments will be submitted to the Inspector for consideration as part of the Local Plan examination.

Yours faithfully,

Tracey Coleman

Director of Planning and Regeneration