Foodwise offers free meals to families in need – details

Please see this information provided by GBC.  Families are not allowed to apply direct, but the information below shows how referrals can be made through local organisations, schools and churches.

“I have been asked to draw your attention to the work that local charity Foodwise has been undertaking to provide meals to families in Guildford borough during the current crisis. It is currently producing around 1,600 meals per week and delivering these to nearly 200 families free of charge. You can find out more on its website (

Families are not able to self-refer, but local charities, schools or churches can refer people through the portal on the website. The website also lists the recipes that Foodwise prepare, but meals are also provided by Cook and the Caring Foundation.

You may wish to pass this information on to local organisations and groups in your own local communities working with vulnerable residents.”

Administrator note:  If you would like to access this service, please contact

in the first instance.

Regards Steve

Steve Benbough

Strategy and Communications Manager

Guildford Borough Council


St Martha Parish Council publishes illustration to allay Parking concerns at West Lodge

St Martha Parish Council publishes illustration to allay Parking concerns outside West Lodge

St Martha Parish Council has published this computer simulation of how the bollards it proposes to instal outside West Lodge would stop nuisance parking on the verge.

Computer simulation illustrating bollards on verge to stop nuisance parking

West Lodge – photo showing verge as it is now.

This is a design detail that is part of St Martha Parish Council’s plan to lease West Lodge for low level community and educational use;  this plan will keep West Lodge as part of the Gunpowder Mills site – the alternative is that it is sold off for redevelopment by GBC.

The planning application to allow this to happen also includes the proposal to establish private car parking spaces in the grounds behind West Lodge.  This plan is curently being considered by GBC.  These car parking spaces will be for private use by visitors to West Lodge, and controlled by the Parish Council.  With the building capable of accommodating around 8 adults at any one time, these spaces are considered ample to ensure there is no additional parking on the road.

The Parish Council is not responsible for parking on the Highway;  it is keen, however, to ensure that any proposal it makes associated with the Gunpowder Mills takes into account concerns over inconsiderate parking on the road outside.


Picnics and Pimms at Chilworth Manor regretfully cancelled for 2020 but back next year

Regrettably the wonderful annual event at Chilworth Manor, Picnics and Pimm’s 2020 has had to be cancelled, but hopefully will be back next year.

Chilworth ManorVineyard, however continues to be open and is ready to take orders for its latest Rose wine, the 2019 vintage.

Please contact

New look to News when you open the website

There is a new look to the page you see when coming to the website.  The ten latest news items that have been posted most recently are there for a quick scan.  Clicking on the item you’re interested in opens the whole post.

All new posts are also categorised under the different headings that appear on the opening page too.  This means you can view all recent posts relating to one area with one click.  Scroll down to see earlier items.

Skin Creams and balms from the Abbey offered at reduced price


A LOCKDOWN surplus in production of organic beewsax skin and lip creams made by Benedictine monks in their monastery at Chilworth, near Guildford in Surrey is being offered to the public to try at a reduced price of buy two, get one free (plus postage and packing) whilst stocks last.

In addition to a life of prayer and contemplation, the Benedictine monks at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth – five miles from Guildford – amongst other activities, make and sell their own lip balms and skin creams from beeswax as well as a popular furniture polish.

Organic beeswax lip balms (each 25 ml) come in natural, aniseed & lemon, orange, lemon, peppermint and aniseed flavours and cost £3.95 each. Buy two and get one free.

Organic beeswax skin creams (each 50ml) come in coconut, honey & rose, natural, lavendar and vanilla and cost £7.95 each. Buy two and get one free.

Organic beeswax furniture polish (each 100ml) cost £3.95 each. Buy two and get one free.

Postage (second class) and packing is usually £3.00 for three items, more for further items.

All are now being offered to the public to buy by mail order at a reduced price for readers of this publication ordering on the Abbey’s website from 15 June until 30 September 2020. Please quote this publication.

“Monks making skin products might seem like a strange combination,” says the Benedictine monk who oversees production Fr John Seddon OSB, “but historically monasteries have made and sold items to help them sustain themselves whilst the production process can also be unusually prayerful. This is what we do at Chilworth and we now find that we have an oversupply of products thanks to Lockdown and we want to offer our products for the public to try, subject to availability.

“Once Lockdown is over, the Abbey Church at St Augustine’s Abbey in Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth is open 365 days a year to all members of the public of faith and none and the monks are keen to welcome everyone to pray with us here,” Fr John added.

Meanwhile, any shops or outlets wanting to sell the monks’ products are very welcome to get in touch.

For more information about St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth and this offer, visit the online shop at or email Fr John at