Today! – Heritage Sunday – BBQ in the Gunpowder Mills

As part of Heritage Weekend, the Friends of the Gunpowder Mills are hosting a celebratory BBQ in the picnic area of the Gunpowder Mills TODAY SUNDAY from 12 – 2pm.

Bring the family, come for a walk and stop in the picnic area for a Sausage, bap and Squash for just £1!

Look for the Chilworth2gether gazebo and join the fun.


BBQ this weekend, September 15, in the Gunpowder Mills

To celebrate Heritage weekend, Chilworth2gether, in partnership with St Martha’s Parish Council/Friends of the Gunpowder Mills, will be hosting a BBQ in the Gunpowder Mills on Sunday, September 15, 12 noon – 2pm.  

Part of a national initiative to celebrate our heritage, local residents are encouraged to enjoy a walk through the Gunpowder Mills and explore the remains of the site.  The BBQ will be held in the picnic area, with its tables and benches, which is easily accessed via Vera’s Path which runs to the side of the Chilworth C of E Infant School on the main road (and close to the Percy Arms).

Just turn up and enjoy a burger in the fresh air, walk the dog and let the kids kick their heels.  Free maps showing routes and explaining the site will be available to pick up at the three entrances to the site –

  • Look for the Green Gates in Blacksmith Lane
  • Walk Vera’s Path from the school
  • take the bridleway through Lockner Farm and enter the site by the bridge

Gunpowder Mills covered on local radio

BBC Surrey included a piece on the Gunpowder Mills, Chilworth, in an item on the “Mark Carter” slot 4.00-5.00pm last Sunday.  It should be available to replay via BBC Sounds for the next 21 days.

The piece included contributions from Hendryk Jurk(GBC) and Andrew Norris, a Chilworth resident who has in-depth knowledge of the history and archeology of the site.  In the  second part, following a short while later in the programme, our new County Councillor Diana Jones (Green Party) made a contribution, along with John Andrews (GBC Countryside warden, who is closely involved with the site).


Sept 7 at the Abbey – talk on Catholicism

Message from the Abbey-

Dear Friend,

You may be interested in this second run of ‘Catholicism’ by Bishop Robert Barron, either because you missed some of the presentations, or because you would like to reinforce what you already know, or because you know someone who has questions and who might benefit from attendance?

You are warmly invited to a presentation of the first episode of ‘Catholicism – a journey to the heart of the faith’, by the acclaimed author and speaker Bishop Robert Barron, on Saturday, September the 7th, 2019. The following nine episodes will be shown month by month until June 2020.This is a Chilworth Abbey Study Day given by Fr John Seddon OSB, who will contextualise the episode and then teach and lead discussion about its subject matter. The day begins with Mass at 9.00 am, followed by coffee. The first film, which is entitled ‘Amazed and Afraid: the Revelation of God become Man’ will be shown, chapter by chapter followed by teaching and discussion. Midday prayer and lunch will divide the day which concludes around 4.00 pm. Come to part, or all of the day, as it suits you. 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. Please visit for further information.

God bless,

Fr John Seddon OSB.

New series at Abbey exploring Catholic Faith starts Sept 7

Dear Friend,
Bishop Robert Barron’s ‘Catholicism’ course will be presented from September 2019 for a second time at Chilworth Abbey, 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 will be followed, showing each of the ten episodes month by month, chapter by chapter with explanations, teaching and discussion lead by Fr John Seddon OSB. The presentations will be on the first Saturday of every month beginning on September 7th, then October 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 9.00, 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.

All those who attended the first sessions are warmly welcome to come again, the teaching will incorporate deeper aspects of the topics, but be quite appropriate for newcomers too. I hope to include two extra days on available Saturdays on Catholic moral teaching, during the course of the run. These will depend on the continued popularity of the course.

More information will be sent out on individual Study Days in due course. Have a restful summer. Hope to see you in September.

God bless,
Fr John.

Chilworth Gunpowder Mills picture Gallery

Gunpowder Mills front page – illustrated with photograph of The Swing Bridge
swing bridge p2

aerial photograph of Gunpowder Mills site from the air – copyright Andrew Norris
air photo from north 2009

The Millstones
millstones at incorporating mills buildings 20-22

The Incorporating Mills
incorporating mills 1885 building 52

West Lodge building – used by workers to report for duty and leave any inflammable material

Incorporating Mills building
incorporating mills 1860s buildings 20-22 p2

Expense Magazine building

Incorporating Mills 1885
incorporating mills 1885 building 52