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 and fund raisers 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 events such as the Duck Race.  We try to facilitate and support other organisations in the village, working for the community

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

20 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

  4. Christmas 2019 at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth near Guildford

    All are welcome, as always, to this Catholic Benedictine monastery, which is open to the public every day of the year.
    Sunday 15th December – 3pm – Advent Carol Service – followed by light refreshments
    Tuesday 24th December – 12pm – Midnight Mass of the Nativity, preceded by carols at 11.30 pm – followed by light refreshments.
    Wednesday 25th December – 10am – Mass of the Nativity
    Plus: Mass Mondays to Saturdays 9am, Sundays 10am and Divine Office daily throughout the year.

    Find out more at http://www.chilworthbenedictines.com or call 01483 899360.

    Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Guildford GU4 8QR – a short walk from Chilworth railway station

  5. Find yourself at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth

    All are welcome, as always, to this Catholic Benedictine monastery, a place of prayer and tranquility that’s open to the public every day of the year:

    – Mass Mondays to Saturdays 9am, Sundays 10am
    – Divine Office seven times daily
    – Weekly ecumenical lay meditation group: Wednesdays 7.30pm-8.15pm
    – Become a monk with us? We welcome enquiries………

    Find out about study days, events, retreats and more at http://www.chilworthbenedictines.com or call 01483 899360

  6. Hi,
    Our family lived 1962/67 in the house opposite the gunpowder mill,down the lane at Locnar Farm.(not the grand house but the one nearest to the mill)
    We were led to believe that explosives etc were being made there for the ww2 war effort..There is an enormous crator very near by,as you go up hill to the farm fields on the left (no longer clearly visible due to filling in over time with vegetation)
    This,we were told was caused by a German bomb trying to locate the gunpowder mill.
    Also as a 4 year old and my 2 sisters we recall finding old rusty bullets in one of the buildings.
    Is this all nonsense,created by locals to impress us children?
    I visited Feb 2020 for first time after a gap of 55 years and was pleased to find the place exactly as before.
    Lastly are there any photos of the Elizabethan manor house that stood by the big church and war dead memorial.Just after the sea horse pub.
    It was one of only two that remained unaltered in the entire country.After a school visit the owners sold the land and the water company demolished it and built a hideous office block in its place.It is still there today.

  7. Time to grow in faith

    Dom Andrew McNeill OSB, Benedictine monk at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth, writes with us all in mind:

    “We are all in a time for crisis; whoever we are, wherever we are, we are all in the same situation.

    We may have to suffer endlessly, whether through physical or spiritual pain, what then?

    When life seems empty and aimless, what then?

    Has our faith rooted itself deeply enough to help us cope with this situation, so that it does not control us?

    Can we see this situation as a growing time in holiness, or better still, more Christ-like?

    May we use this time as a growing time in faithfulness.

    Wishing you the Joy of New Life at Easter. United in Prayer.

    The above I have paraphrased from ‘Living Lent’ by Marianne Dorman.”

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    As of 19 July 2021, the Roman Catholic Benedictine monastery Abbey Church at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth near Guildford in Surrey is OPEN to members of the public to join the Benedictine monks for:

    – Daily 9am Mass (Mon-Sat)
    – Sunday 10am Mass
    – Daily Divine Office – seven times a day
    – Daily private prayer in church from 5.30am – 8.50pm

    No need to book.

    Our Monastic Guest House is open to individual members of the public to experience monastic life at arm’s length on a self catering basis, one guest at a time – please book well in advance.

    Visit us online at https://www.chilworthbenedictines.com


  10. CHRISTMAS 2021 – Come to our Carol Concert and Holy Catholic Mass at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth

    Please feel very welcome to join Chilworth’s Benedictine monks for

    St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth’s
    Sunday 19 December 2021, 3pm

    MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC – all faiths and none – ARE ALWAYS WELCOME in person

    Mince pies and mulled wine afterwards
    No need to book

    You are also very welcome to:

    CHRISTMAS 2021 ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS in person – no need to book

    Friday 24 December 2021
    11.30pm Carols
    12.00am Midnight Mass of the Nativity

    Saturday 25 December 2021
    10.00am Christmas Day Mass

    Sunday 26 December 2021
    10.00am Mass

    Monday 27 December 2021
    9.00am Mass

    Tuesday 28 December 2021
    9.00am Mass

    Also, please CHECK our Benedictine Abbey ONLINE SHOP for Christmas gifts, many are monk-made, including CHILWORTH ROSARY BEADS and our popular beeswax skin cream, lip balm and furniture polish!

    Normal Roman Catholic Mass times, every day of the year: Daily 9am Mass (Mon-Sat), Sunday 10am Mass (coffee with the monks afterwards) plus Divine Office seven times daily – sometimes in GREGORIAN CHANT – 365 days year
    We have an occasional Spanish spoken Mass – Venid a nuestra misa en espanol

    St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Guildford, Surrey GU4 8QR
    We are a short walk away from Chilworth Railway Station
    Pilgrims from The Pilgrims’ Way are very welcome
    Visit us online at: http://www.chilworthbenedictines.com

  11. Upcoming BBC TV documentary inspired NEW monk-made lip balm from St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth

    NEW! Monk-made 25ml Sanctuary Organic Frankincense & Cinnamon Beeswax Lip Balm at £3.95 per pot plus postage and packing. Handmade by Benedictine monks at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth near Guildford, UK, this lip balm is new to our collection and is inspired, in part, by the BBC1 TV documentary ‘Heaven Made’ filmed at the end of 2021 and which features St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth and other religious orders. Watch out for it on UK television from 5 December 2021 onwards. We ship worldwide.

    Lip balm: https://www.chilworthbenedictines.com/shops/NEW-25ml-Sanctuary-Organic-Frankincense-&-Cinnamon-Beeswax-Lip-Balm-p420493616
    BBC1 TV HEAVEN MADE documentary from 5 December 2021: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00129kr

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