Saturday September 22 is Chilworth Manor Harvest day


We would like to invite you to
The Friends of Chilworth Manor Vineyard Harvest Day
on Saturday 22 September at 9 am

Apologies for the short notice, we expected to get back to you early next week with a harvest date, but here we are already – it’s harvest time!

The one certainty we have learned through the experience of growing vines, is how unpredictable each growing season can be!

Last year was book-ended by damaging frosts in April and wet, cool weather in the run-up to harvest. In stark contrast, this year has turned out to be something of a miracle. Just as in the garden, where shrubs and trees that produce flowers have done so spectacularly, so in the vineyard …

Bud-burst in April led seamlessly to a very even flowering and a subsequent fruit-set that was full of potential. Blessed by almost perfect weather conditions throughout these key periods and an incredible summer in which to ripen, that potential has matured into a wonderful crop.

Interested to help out and free on Saturday 22 September?

The Harvest starts at 9 am sharp and will finish mid to late afternoon. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. We will provide gloves, but you can also bring your own if you prefer. Please come appropriately dressed for work in the outdoors, wear sturdy shoes and don’t forget your waterproofs.

If you’re interested, please email Sasja on before Wednesday 19 September (for catering purposes)

Unfortunately this will be the only chance to pick this year.
2018 has been a very exciting first year for us. Thank you for joining us on our journey and choosing to stay in touch. Hope to see you during harvest!

The Chilworth Manor Vineyard Team


Oct 31 – Invitation to join local walk and short ceremony at Chilworth Station

This invitation has been sent by the Community Rail partnership, and is extended to all in the village.

Dear All,
As you know we’ve been working for some time on new maps to be sited at 5 stations on the North Downs Line which will point visitors to the North Downs Way. These maps show the local area, attractions and sites near to the station and the full route of the North Downs Way, highlighting the Surrey Hills AONB.

To celebrate the unveiling of the new signs and maps, I will be leading a walk of about 6km on Wednesday 31st October, from Shalford station to Chilworth station via footpaths and bridleways along the North Downs Way. We’ll visit St Martha’s Church, Chilworth Manor and the Gunpowder Mills on our way. Leaving Shalford at 1pm, arriving in Chilworth at 3pm for a snack at the Percy Arms.

The official unveiling by Mike Goodman of Surrey CC (Chair of the North Downs Line Community Rail Partnership) will take place at Chilworth Station around 3.30.

I would be delighted to see you on the walk or at Chilworth for the official bit.
The signs will be sited at Shalford, Chilworth, Gomshall, Dorking Deepdene (both sides) and Betchworth.

Please let me know in advance if you are able to attend any or all of the parts of the afternoon.
Kind regards,
David Daniels

Sussex Community Rail Partnership – North Downs Line Mobile 07939 036131
Please be aware that my normal working days are Monday to Thursday inclusive

Chilworth Manor Launches its first wine

Chilworth Manor Vineyard is now in production, following a launch party held at the Manor on Sunday, May 20.

Everyone who had taken part in the picking of the grapes, and those who have expressed an interest in following the development of the vineyard were invited to a talk on how the wine was made.

The Wrigley family stressed how much they wanted to share the story of the vineyard with the local community and to involve the community as much as possible.

Attendees were then invited into the walled garden to taste this year’s vintage and to have the opportunity to buy a bottle or two to take home.

The newly appointed Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Mike Parsons, known to those in the west of the village as their elected borough councillor, attended officially with his wife and said a few words – pictured below with Graham and Mia Wrigley.

A new website for the vineyard has just been launched – click here to visit the site

Reverend Stephanie blesses horses at St Martha’s Church

Over thirty horses and riders converged on the very top of St Martha’s Hill on Horseman’s Sunday. They were joined by as many again on foot.

This old tradition has been revived this year by the Surrey Hills Board, and the Equestrian Group it has formed, as part of an initiative to promote and celebrate horse riding in the Surrey Hills.

In glorious sunshine, all the horses lined up with their heads over the church wall. Reverend Stephanie Sokolowski, used a traditional branch of hyssop to bless each horse and pony, and delivered a short celebratory service outside St Martha’s Church. Participants all received a souvenir rosette as a memento before riding off to enjoy the bridleways in the area

Gunpowder Mills map and historic information to download

Chilworth Gunpowder Mills Is a scheduled ancient monument. Enhance your visit to the Gunpowder Mills in their magic woodland set by downloading the following information and guided trail. See also a set of images showing the historic remains, shown under Gunpowder Mills Picture Gallery.

Thanks to Andrew Norris, Chilworth Gunpowder Group for the images, and to Glenys Crocker for permission to download the map.
walk leaflet 2010 rev2b page 1
walk leaflet 2010 rev2b page 2