Launch film

The first film to be shown at Chilworth Community Cinema will be advertised here soon.


Chilworth is set to get its own community cinema

Now that the village hall has a new upgraded audio visual unit, the next step planned is to create a brand new Community Cinema. The aim is to bring people together and, once the start up costs have been covered, to raise money for community projects.

A consultation meeting was held on Friday October 14, which was well attended, and resulted in suggestions for films, a big thumbs up for the suggestion of themed evenings (with a film and a meal included), and offers of help.

It is planned to sell glasses of wine and Loseley Ice Cream, so the whole experience will be sociable and fun.

The equipment, donated through Chilworth2gether (beneficiary of last year’s Pimms and Picnic evening), is capable of delivering films in cinema style surround sound. A new screen means that, wherever you sit in the room, you’ll have a great view of the action.

It is planned that Friday night will be film night, starting at 8pm.
Films will be shown on the second Friday of the month, and the first date will be announced soon.

Tickets will be £5 on the door, though in future it is hoped to provide a website and a facility to pay in advance to reserve your place.

Want to be kept informed of progress and film titles? Send your email and/or contact phone number to

Chilworth Manor starts Grape picking

Chilworth Manor is ready to go into production, now its young vineyard is maturing. Volunteers from the village and beyond gathered at the Vineyard’s magnificent barn to help with picking the ripe bunches of grapes for the first time.

Pinot noir grapes ready for picking

Chilworth Manor Vineyard will be producing a Rose wine, ready for drinking next Spring, and some of the Pinot Mernier grapes harvested will contribute to the first Sparkling Wine, but we’ll have to wait for that to be released.

Pinot Meurnier grapes at Chilworth Manor

By the end of the day, ten rows of grapes were gathered in, and whisked away to be processed by the wine makers, who are based at Denbies in Dorking.

Estate Manager John at Chilworth Manor supervises the grape harvest

There will be more opportunities to help with the grape picking. If you’d like to express an interest in volunteering, contact Sasja at

Stag Beetle millstone biscuits

Here is a photo of the special Mill-stone biscuits made by Alison Boyce, one of our special Countryside Wardens.

We are making this photo into one of our permanent headers for the website.

These biscuits were one of the highlights of Millstone Sunday, part of Heritage weekend, and were on sale as part of the event. We were encouraging families to come and enjoy our local Scheduled Heritage site here in the village.

Alison is moving on to a new job at Merrist Wood College, but hopes to keep in touch with us all through Chilworth2gether. She is invited to speak at the Gunpowder Mills Annual Meeting, which will be held in the Village Hall in November.

Stag Beetle sculpture arrives in time for Heritage Sunday

The brain child of GBC Countryside Wardens, a three foot sculpture of a stag beetle has been commissioned for the Gunpowder Mills Site.

It has been paid for by Chilworth2gether who are donating it to the heritage site.

The sculpture will be sited in the picnic area, close to the “bug hotel” which is an area designed to provide nesting and hibernation places for bugs and insects. The purpose of the sculpture is to delight and encourage young visitors and the Forest School children who use the picnic site each week, to think about nature conservation and the environment.

Village Hall Committee thanks Chilworth2gether for the audio visual equipment

We are pleased to announce the hand-over of a new audio Visual system that has been installed in Chilworth Village Hall. Thanks to being the beneficiary from the Chilworth Manor “Pimms and Picnic” event last year, Chilworth2gether was able to take on a bigger community project than we could normally hope to achieve, and looked for a project that would benefit as many locals as possible.

We decided that nearly the whole village would benefit one way or another from the installation of a new secure audio-visual system in the village hall.

The system will be used to improve presentations, for example for History Society and the Gunpowder Mills Annual meetings, having cordless microphones, a ceiling mounted projector and an electrically operated screen.

Hopefully the system will also be used by other users of the village hall, to provide high quality sound from a mobile device.

We now also have the capacity to show full length films in surround sound. We are hoping this will bring the village together in a new way, with the prospect of a Village Film Club being set up.

We’ll publish further news on this website.

History Society meetings start on September 12

The new series of Chilworth History Society starts on September 12 with a talk called “Beside the Seaside” by Shiela Willis.

All meetings are held in the Village Hall on Tuesday evenings, starting art 8pm

Everyone is welcome to attend – £10 to join for the season, or £3 per session on the night.

Enquiries 01483 533514