Chilworth2gether honoured by Deputy Lieutenant for Surrey

Sir Graham Wrigley awards the Founder Chilworth2gether team with commemorative plaque

Chilworth2gether founder members were presented with a commemorative plaque recognising Chilworth2gether’s services to the community.

Sir Graham Wrigley (centre), as Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Surrey, chose Chilworth2gether to be recognised for its outstanding support towards the community of Chilworth.

The award was presented at Chilworth Manor before this year’s successful Picnics and Pimms event, at which Chilworth2gether are to be the beneficiaries. The team members are shown wearing their Chilworth2gether caps and rosettes, ready to serve at the event held on Friday August 13 2021.

Pictured left to right are: Maggie Scott, Kathy Wells, Sir Graham Wrigley, deputy Lord Lieutenant for Surrey, Anne Denmark, Diane Kenny and Anita Smithers. They are standing in front of the oak tree, previously planted for Chilworth2gether in the grounds of Chilworth Manor.

Here are the team and their partners. This team will be retiring in 2022. If there are any locals interested in reinventing Chilworth2gether for the village, please contact Maggie.scott@me.com for a chat.

Chilworth Community Cinema is back!!

Chilworth Community Cinema re-opens its doors on Friday, Sept 10.

This will be a “soft” reopening, for regular cinema goers in the first instance. Here is the message from the organisers –

It has been decided that we SHALL go to the cinema!

On offer is a screening  of ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood’ starring our favourite Tom Hanks. Chilworth Village Hall doors open at 7:30pm. Film starts at 8pm. 

Great news and excitement all round. However, the rules of engagement have changed somewhat:

– keep 2m distance when queueing for entry

– use hand sanitiser before entry

– give name, phone number and email address for Track and Trace purposes

– exact change preferred please (£5  entry fee, £2.50 ice creams)

– use one way system to seating area

– wear masks when not seated

– no drinks available (except cold water from tap if required)

– bring your own cushion

– each household/group to be seated 2m apart.

There will be an interval when ice creams can be bought and consumed at your seat. Rubbish will be collected at the end of the interval and again at the end of the session. We are keeping the volunteer team to a minimum (Anita on the door, Anita and Martin selling ice creams, Sue helping with rubbish collection and myself compering) to avoid unnecessary contact and though we normally really value your help to put things away, everything needs to be sanitised once everyone has left, so a prompt departure at the end of the evening would be much appreciated.

One last thing: due to the restriction in numbers recommended by the Village Hall, please reserve your seat ahead of time. Let us know by return email if you are coming and how many there will be in your group. 

It all seems very draconian, but living safely with Covid does mean compromising on so many of our everyday liberties, taken, until now, for granted. We’re hoping that by being this cautious  everyone will stay as safe as possible while still participating in a favourite pastime!

So looking forward to seeing you!

Take care and stay safe.

Kindest regards 

Diane Kenny 

on behalf of Chilworth Community Cinema 

August 20- talk and tea – the History of Chilworth Station

A local, Lynne Bramble, is hosting a garden party at 1 Sample Oak Cottages on Friday 20 August at 3pm. There will be a talk by Richard Goode telling the History of Chilworth Station, and tea and cake will be served, included in the ticket price which is £5 per person.

All proceeds from the afternoon will go to the Lights for St Martha Church Appeal

Please buy your tickets in advance (limited numbers) by contacting fudleyhouse@btinternet.com or telephone 01483 566770

There will also be a raffle for a hamper

Christmas lights – St Martha Church appeal for new floodlights

Our iconic church on the hill, that we see lit up at Christmas, needs new floodlights, and an appeal is under way. Please see below for details of how to contribute.

St Martha’s floodlights have lit the church for half a century on dark winter nights. This beacon of light can be seen for miles across the countryside, bringing delight to travellers far and wide.We must replace the lights this year. The old ones are no longer fit for purpose.Please give generously to our appeal for funds to install new, energy-efficient lights.

We have made it easy for you to donate: just click on this link.Or if you prefer to make a bank transfer using online banking, the details are below.
Donate by Just Giving Scan the QPR code below the text
by holding your phone’s camera up to it.
That will take you to our Just Giving page. 

OR
Click here to go to our Just Giving page 

OR
make payment by
Online Banking TransferSort code. 30-93-74
Account number 62192360
Account name Chilworth PCC
Please quote the reference LIGHTS

Community Cinema relaunch postponed

Keeping everyone’s safety uppermost in our minds, it has been decided to delay the reopening of the community cinema for at least another month and possibly not until September. 

We look forward to a time when social distancing will not be mandatory and the wearing of masks inside will be optional.
Ever optimistic regards to all
Diane Kenny on behalf of Chilworth Community Cinema

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:

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Chilworth Care Committee news – and open for business!

Chilworth Care Committee News

At our March Meeting we noted that the Management Committee has met 6 times since August and 9 times since March 2020 to keep adapting the provision of the services we can offer as the circumstances keep changing. Many of these have been via Zoom.

We are so pleased to be able to offer lifts to medical appointments again and continue our good neighbour scheme picking up prescriptions and undertaking basic shopping and are just so grateful to all our willing volunteers who undertake these tasks. To provide a lift you do need to be DBS’d, wear the PPE provided and agree to our Covid-safe policies but if you are currently working from home with the flexibility to take a break for an hour just once a month it would be great to have you on-board. So far we have provided just 9 lifts to Vaccination and other appointments.

We have once again refreshed our posters to reflect this – at no cost thanks to the generosity of Pauleen at Flippinimage Ltd – and remain grateful to St Thomas’s Church who have allowed us the use of their notice board in this respect for so long

Our buddy scheme put in place last March is still in place and we have the capacity to pair up more couples if anyone would like to receive a regular phone call just for a chat.

Our AGM remains on hold but we remain hopeful that we can arrange a summer date safely. We have noted the resignation of our current Chair Tim O’Hanlon with thanks for all his contributions and are grateful to Cathy Browning for stepping up from Vice Chair to Chair so if you can help with the management of our activities it would be great to have someone with organisational / administration skills at the meetings. (We hope to be back to just 4 a year plus the AGM soon!)

As always we can be contacted on 01483 538886 – all calls will be returned – and at chilworthcarecommittee@hotmail.comThere is also information on our page on the Chilworth2gether website.

GBC Planning committee unanimously votes yes for West Lodge Plans

The two planning applications for West Lodge, brought by St Martha Parish Council, have been passed unanimously by the whole planning committee of Guildford Borough Council.  The Planning meeting was held on-line tonight – Wednesday Feb 3.

Borough Councillors were fulsome in their praise of the new role for West Lodge, at the entrance to the Gunpowder Mills.  Rather than what one councillor described as an unsuitable designation of the building as a residential unit, the Council agreed that a change of use for West lodge, so that it could be used for a variety of community uses, was far more appropriate.

Despite resistance from previous Councils, the recently elected GBC Councillors fully backed the Parish Council, who have argued that its proposal for the building will retain the link between the Lodge and the historic Gunpowder Mills, and give it a new life.  Further, Councillors in the meeting described the Lodge as providing a strong focal point for a very significant historical site in the Borough.

Councillor Tim Anderson referred to an informative tour he had undertaken of the site (along with other locally elected Councillors).  This tour, ahead of the planning application, was led by Andrew Norris, who also spoke on the night in support of the applications, and who has provided information and background to officers and elected Councillors over the last few months as they considered the proposal.

There is now big decision to be made by the Parish Council, as to whether it can take on the lease on the building that is being offered to them by GBC.  The building will need refurbishing and re-purposing, and a car park will need to be constructed, and for this the Parish Council will be relying on Grants.  Currently, all grant aid is suspended, as funds are diverted to support Covid affected projects.  But it is hoped that it will be possible to make applications in due course so the vision can be realised.

Chilworth Care Committee resumes lifts to the doctor, including for Covid vaccinations

Happy New Year from Chilworth Care Committee!  

Throughout the lockdowns of 2020 Chilworth Care Committee has continued to offer help to our community seven days a week collecting provisions and medication. We are immensely grateful to all our existing and new volunteers for all the help they offered without whom this would not have been possible.

As we enter 2021 there is hope around the corner with the vaccination programme being rolled out. With this in mind and as we go into this new lockdown, we are pleased to resume offering lifts to medical appointments and most vitally COVID vaccinations. All risk assessments and Safeguarding documentation is in place to provide this service as safely as possible to everyone.

If you need a lift, please ring the Chilworth Care Committee on 01483 538886 and leave a message and someone will get back to you. Please give our volunteers as much notice as possible.

 As many of our exiting drivers are self-isolating / shielding we particularly welcome people prepared to offer lifts at the moment. We are also looking for new Committee Members who have a little time to spare to keep us all going. For more information about any of our activitiesplease ring the same number and leave your details and someone will call you backwith further information.

Chilworth2gether plans to retire – public announcement

Public announcement – the future of Chilworth2gether

With one of the founding members of Chilworth2gether retiring and moving away from the village, a consultation of others who’ve been part of the core team has taken place to determine the future of Chilworth2gether.

We have decided that it is now time for the original team to retire, happy to leave a permanent and lasting legacy to remind us of the wonderful years we have had together, making the village of Chilworth a great place to live and work in.

The village now has public benches, an improved picnic area in the Gunpowder Mills, three defibrillator machines, and a thriving Community Cinema, as a direct result of the village’s efforts.  With the support of a local benefactor, we’ve also decorated Christmas trees in the village, and installed a media centre in the village hall.  There have been fetes and dog shows, barbeques and Heritage days, and the famous Chilworth Duck Race.  It’s been fun, and many, many villagers have contributed as volunteers or participants, together with the schools and the wider community, young and older.  Thank you!

Chilworth2gether has one outstanding commitment, which will provide another lasting legacy for the village.  This is to support St Martha Parish Council as it finds a way to retain West Lodge as part of the Gunpowder Mills site, but with a new future as a community resource.  Chilworth2gether will pledge its residual funds, together with any proceeds it receives from next year’s Picnic and Pimm’s celebration, as a community contribution to this project, run by the Parish Council.  This community contribution will be needed as part of the Parish Council’s bid for Heritage Lottery funding, which hopefully will provide sufficient funding to refurbish West Lodge for its future use. Contribution to this bid will be our biggest, final project, if it comes off.  This will be a decision for the Parish Council.

If this project doesn’t come to fruition, then the funds won’t be taken up, or an alternative project will be found, to use this funding, before the Chilworth2gether books are closed.  The books will continue to be inspected until they are finally closed.

We are looking for someone, an individual or a group, to take over the Chilworth2gether website, so it can continue to be a communication channel for the village.  We hope it will remain and be reinvented, to continue to support village life.  Please contact Maggie.scott@me.com if you are interested or have a suggestion.

From the Chilworth2gether Core Team