Thanks to the generosity of a local benefactor, Chilworth now has Christmas trees for us all to enjoy at strategic points throughout the village.
The Brownie Christmas tree, resplendent with pine cone owls hand made by the Brownies has blue lights and is positioned outside the village hall.
As in previous years, a tree is placed by the millstones at the Hornhatch entry to the village.
New for this year is another tree placed on the triangle of grass by the railway station and the Percy Arms.
We hope they are giving you pleasure, along with the splendid lights installed by individual residents in their front gardens.
You are warmly invited to share our joy in the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Monday, 24th December: Midnight Mass (carols from 11.30 pm)
Wine and mince pies in the Assisi Room to follow.
Tuesday, 25th December: Christmas Day Mass 10.00 am
A happy and holy Christmas to you all, from Fr Abbot and the Monastic Community.
Fr Abbot and the Monastic Community
Everyone got into the Christmas spirit for the first Family Cinema film at the Village Hall – The Polar Express. All the children wore their jim jams, and proudly wore there golden tickets. Grown-ups as well as children fully enjoyed the popcorn, the ice cream, the hot chocolate and marshmallows and the mince pies in the interval.
As you can see, the regular Cinema Volunteers also are in full on Christmas mode. We even had our own Conductor from the film to keep us on time! As this was such a success, it’s probable there will be further Family showings next year – watch this space!
You are warmly invited to a presentation of the fourth episode of ‘Catholicism – a journey to the heart of the faith’, by the acclaimed author and speaker Bishop Barron, on Saturday December the 15th, 2018. 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 fourth film investigates ‘Mary, the Mother of God’ and will be shown, chapter by chapter followed by teaching and discussion. Midday prayer and lunch will divide the day and concludes at 4.00 pm. Come to part, or all of the day, as it suits you. Bring a packed lunch and a friend. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR Online information: www.chilworthbenedictines.com
Thank you, prayers will be offered for your intentions.
Fr John Seddon OSB
Our local community cinema at the village hall is launching a Family Cinema afternoon on Sunday December 16 at 4pm.
The film will be The Polar Express and families are invited to attend – pay on the day at Chilworth Village Hall. Special Golden Tickets will be issued, giving children access to free popcorn and squash.
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New signs, a spruced up station, and a special new poster showing the local Surrey Hills around Chilworth were unveiled on October 31 at a short ceremony. Our railway is now badged the North Downs Line, and a guide, encouraging people to access the countryside using the rail network, has been launched. This is good news for locals in Chilworth, where car parking for visitors is a particular issue.
Thanks to Parish Councillor, Patricia Allen, good working relations have been established with David Daniels, Community Rail Development Officer of the Sussex Community Rail Partnership. Today, David Daniels unveiled the new sign which shows the public rights of way to the Surrey Hills, and a circular walking route from the station.
Locals, walkers and representatives from St Martha PC and Shalford PC watched the unveiling of the new sign.
After 20 years of keeping an expert eye on the Gunpowder Mills site, with particular interest in the history and archaeological remains on the site, the members of the Gunpowder Mills Group are retiring, and the group is to be disbanded. Much has been achieved over the time, in partnership with the GBC Parks and Leisure team, in trying to stabilise the ruins and manage the site. Not an easy task, with different priorities and management styles, and of course within limited budgets.
At its last meeting, the Group invited the local parish Council, St Martha’s PC, that has always had representatives on the Gunpowder Mills group, to consider continuing their involvement. As a result, the representatives from the Parish Council will consider whether they should form a sub-group of the Council, so that the dialogue and good relations with GBC can continue. It is envisaged that local expert advice and the support of the community will continue as before.
The local Annual Gunpowder Mills Meeting, chaired by the Parish Council, will meet as usual in the autumn. The date has been set, and the village hall booked for Thursday November 8 at 7.70pm.
The community would like to thank the gunpowder Mills Group for giving freely of its time and expertise, to make the Gunpowder Mills a better place.