Help save West Lodge by showing your support!

St Martha Parish Council urgently need you to show your support for their plan to save West Lodge. Their plan is to take it on a lease and refurbish it for a variety of community uses. The alternative is that GBC wants to sell it for redevelopment, meaning it will be lost to the Gunpowder Mills site and the community for ever.

The Council wants to apply for a grant from Surrey County Council to help with the improvements, but needs local support for this to happen.

Please take a minute to click on this link, and give your support for the idea:


Chilworth Manor Gardens open on May 23 – NGS

The beautiful gardens at Chilworth Manor will be open to view under the National Garden scheme on May 23rd this year, but please be aware you will need to book in advance. Visitors will need to book for specific entry times to avoid too many people visiting at the same time. Because of this, the family thought it might be good to let residents in the village know in advance.

The bookings need to be done on the  NGS website, and clicking on this link will take you there:

Chilworth Infant School and St Thomas and St Martha’s Churches will help with tea and cakes  – the family is hoping it will be possible to serve refreshments as usual, if these can be offered safely.

Peonies in the walled garden, Chilworth Manor

Tentative date for re-opening of Chilworth Community Cinema

Crocuses carpeting lawns, daffodils bobbing in the sun, March winds blowing a bit of a gale…spring has sprung and along with it hope of a return to our many much-loved activities that have been denied us for more or less a whole year.

As I write this , it was in fact a year ago to the day that we had our last screening – Road To Perdition- little knowing the irony of that title!

We should have a clearer idea by the Easter whether the June 21st date for lifting all restrictions is a viable date. We should also all have received our Covid19 vaccinations too. With this in mind, I am tentatively pencilling in


as the grand re-opening of Chilworth Community Cinema! We will be screening Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood starring Tom Hanks and Maryann Plunkett.

This of course is dependant on a number of factors:

  • The village Hall being allowed to open its doors
  • GBC issuing entertainment and alcohol licences
  • Music and film licences being made available
  • Sourcing the DVD itself!

We will comply with all restrictions which may apply at the time (possibly wearing face masks?).

So it is with great hope and optimism that I close, expecting the next missive to contain all necessary information for attending an evening at the cinema and hoping that you will all flock back in droves!

In the meantime keep on keeping safe.

Kindest regards,  Diane Kenny

on behalf of Chilworth Community Cinema