About

We are Chilworth residents who want to make Chilworth the best place in which to live, work and bring up a family. This website is set up to serve the Village Community.
We aim to preserve, protect and enhance our village, our surrounding countryside and our unique heritage, especially the historic Gunpowder Mills, a scheduled ancient monument.
We want to celebrate and unite our village through publicising the regular village events and meetings, one-off and annual events, special projects, fund raisers and appeals with all sections of the community included.
We raise funds to provide things for the enjoyment of the village, and to make it more attractive. We encourage community involvement and togetherness. For example, we organise annual events such as the Duck Race and Ritz tea for the elderly.
We provide a channel of communication for the village through the website and raise awareness of local matters, issues and public meetings.
We raise working parties for village projects.
We work closely with both Parish Councils and support other local organisations in Chilworth.
We engage with the press, and publicise our events and our achievements.

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How did it all start?

Four village residents, Kathy Wells, Anita Smithers, Anne Denmark, and Diane Kenny wanted to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by raising funds to commission the making of four sets of Millstones, to mark the entrances to the village and to celebrate our rich history based on the Chilworth Gunpowder Mills. They called themselves the Chilworth Massive. They planned a series of fundraising events – one for each month of the Queen’s Jubilee – designed to bring the village together to have fun and raise money. The year, with its Duck Race, its dances, its Village Fete and Dog Show, its Village Picnic and talent show was such a success that, at the end of the year, the original partners and new volunteers decided to continue the work of bringing the village together. Key events have now become annual fixtures in the village, and money raised is used to improve the village and perpetuate the events.

The beautiful set of photos of Chilworth have been provided by Piers Plummer. Duck Race, Gunpowder Mills and Aerial shots courtesy of Andrew Norris – thank you

12 thoughts on “About

  1. I’m taking a group round the Gunpowder Mills later in January and can anyone tell me whether, when “tin town” at the site was ended in 1963, some of the Gunpowder mill buildings were demolished to prevent people living on site in the future.

    • Hello Emily,
      Chilworth2gether handed the Duck Race (which was traditionally held on Easter Monday) over to Chilworth C of E Infant School PTA. Unfortunately they were unable to run the Duck Race last year because they were unable to raise the sufficient number of volunteers needed to marshal the event. We haven’t heard whether they will run it this year.

  2. Hi everyone – does anyone know what is going on at the big old house ? Tangley Mere? on the bend of New Road by the crossing where the long fence is? Seems to be al ot of heavy plant noises and I can see something huge and yellow through the trees over the railway line! Are they dredging the lake? Any comments welcome.

  3. Catholicism at Chilworth 2019-2020

    Bishop Robert Barron’s ‘Catholicism’ popular course is currently being presented for a second time at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth after a highly successful run over the last ten months, which showed how much a desire to learn more about their faith is present in the hearts of believers. The same format is being followed, showing each of the ten episodes month by month, chapter by chapter with explanations, teaching and discussion led by Benedictine monk Fr John Seddon OSB. The presentations are on the first Saturday of every month with the next on October 12th (changed from 5th), November 9th and December 7th. Then in 2020, January 11th, February 8th, March 7th, April 4th, May 2nd, and June 6th.
    Each Study Day will begin with Mass at 9am, followed by coffee. The first teaching session will conclude with Midday Prayer, with the second beginning after lunch until about 3.30 pm. Please bring a packed lunch and, if you can, a friend. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. No need to book. Free to attend. See http://www.chilworthbenedictines.com

    St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Guildford GU4 8QR Tel: 01483 899360

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