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

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 or call 01483 899360.

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

Dec 7 at the abbey – No.4 in Catholicism series

Dear Friend,

To remind you of the next meeting……………….

Fr John Seddon OSB will present the fourth episode of ‘Catholicism – a journey to the heart of the faith’, by Bishop Robert Barron, on Saturday,December 7th, 2019.  The day begins with Mass at 9.00 am, followed by coffee. The fourth film, which is entitled ‘Our Tainted Nature’s Solitary Boast’ is on Our Lady. The Day concludes around 4.00 pm. Bring a packed lunch and if you can, a friend. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR. 

God bless,

Fr John.

Ash die-back in the gunpowder Mills -essential work in December

At the Gunpowder Mills meeting, in an informative talk by the GBC Countryside Warden, village attendees heard more about the devastation caused by the airborne fungus attacking ash trees in the UK.

The disease shows itself in lesions in the bark of the tree, a slow dying back from the end of the leaves leaving the extreme branches dead and exposed, and the potential for limbs to crack without warning as the disease progresses towards the core of the tree.

Following a survey of the site, GBC have concluded that the Gunpowder Mills area seems to have been particularly badly hit.  It has undertaken a risk assessment of each tree, and, where the diseased trees pose a potential risk to the public, they will be removed, or reduced in size.

We were advised that contractors will be in the Gunpowder Mills in December;  Visitors can expect some paths to be temporarily closed while dangerous trees are removed.  

GBC stress that this exercise is in line with the Council’s duty of care to the public;  all landowners have this responsibility.

Gunpowder meeting gathers ideas to celebrate Centenary next year

In a lively and interesting annual public meeting, hosted by St Martha Parish Council,  the Gunpowder Mills were celebrated by Chilworth residents again this year.

With contributions from our elected County Councillor, Diana Jones, and the current Mayor, councillor Billington, we also learned of the devastating effects of ash die-back in the Gunpowder Mills, and there was a historical look at the significance this area played in the Second World War, as the country’s Line of Last Defence.

The meeting also alerted the village to a centenary that comes up in 2020, marking 100 years since the Gunpowder Mills stopped production.

Chilworth2gether offered up suggestions as to how the village may want to mark the event, with small scale local celebrations woven into the meetings of existing groups in the village, and possibly a larger, whole-village event.  Participants were asked to vote on the ideas, and come up with new ones.  These ideas will now be worked up in partnership with the Parish Council.  An idea for a permanent, lasting memorial was also suggested at the meeting, that Chilworth2gether is keen to explore with the Parish Council.

Sell out Cinema celebrates its second birthday with fish and chips and cake!

With a “salty sea dog” theme for its second birthday, Chilworth Community Cinema (CCC) hosted a sell-out, spectacular evening which included a pre-film Fish and Chips supper, and the delightful film, Fisherman’s Friend, filmed in Port Isacc.

The cinema, staffed entirely by volunteers, meets once a month and offers a convivial atmosphere to meet friends and neighbours and enjoy a film.  Wine, beer and cider as well as soft drinks, tea and coffee  are on offer alongside Loseley IceCream.  It meets in the village hall and a poster is produced to advertise the next film which is displayed on the main road at the top of Blacksmith Lane.

An extra surprise was a lovely birthday cake, baked by a regular supporter of the cinema, which was enjoyed in the interval.