Invitation to Monastic Carol Service and Confession Service

Two Advent Events at Chilworth Abbey

You are warmly invited to prepare for Christmas in the best possible way by going to confession, and receiving absolution for your sins. The Service is at 7.15 pm on Friday 15th of December. Priests, whom do not know and who does not know you, will be available to hear individual confessions. The Blessed sacrament will be Exposed for Adoration and concludes with Night Prayer with the Monastic Community at 8.30 pm.

Please come also to our Monastic Advent Carol Service, at 3pm on Sunday the 17th of December to begin celebrating Christmas with heartwarming Carols, beautiful sung plainchant by the Monks, inspiring readings, followed by a convivial sharing of mulled wine and mince pies in the Assisi Room. Bring a friend if you can, to share our joy at the birth of the Saviour of us all, Jesus Christ, the Lord.

Prayers will be offered for your intentions,

Fr John Seddon OSB.


Christmas trees for Chilworth Village

In addition to the traditional Christmas tree at Chilworth Church, villagers can enjoy other trees throughout the village, donated by a generous family.

On the bend on the main road close to the level crossing and Blacksmith Lane sits the Brownie Christmas tree, carefully decorated with handmade butterflies made from tin foil and pipe cleaners.

On the main road by Hornhatch a larger tree is hung with white lights and silver baubles and acts as a focal point by the millstones at the entrance to the village.

In addition, Chilworth2gether has also decorated a tall structure by Chilworth Station.

It’s hoped that locals, those travelling through, and visitors to Chilworth will all enjoy our lights and trees.

Volunteers’ survey for Surrey Wildlife Trust

Over the year, quite a few Chilworth residents have given up time to Volunteer to support nature conservation. Some of it, including the “Riverwatch” project, where we sample the water of the River Tillingbourne, are managed by the Surrey Wildlife Trust.

They are seeking feedback from volunteers 2017. The survey can be found at

Volunteers help assemble a Mini-beast Hotel in the Gunpowder Mills

Chilworth Volunteers joined GBC Countryside wardens to construct the frame for a Mini-beast Hotel.

Based in the Picnic area of the Gunpowder Mills site, which is a family friendly zone, the Bug Hotel is a joint venture with Chilworth C of E infant School Forest School. It is placed immediately next to the Stag Beetle sculpture, a symbol for conservation and protection of nature.

The metal frame is constructed from recycled Flower containers, previously used in Guildford town centre, and will now have a new life as a secure frame for all the natural materials required by insects seeking shelter over the winter months. Quite miraculously, the new framework echoes exactly the Millstones, that have been adopted by Chilworth Village as their unique symbol.

Shown here are Chilworth Volunteers, the Countryside Wardens in the middle of the shot, and a young family in the foreground who came to see what was happening.

The volunteering session finished with a celebratory burger for all the participants, provided and cooked by Chilworth2gether.

Green Flag hoisted in the Gunpowder Mills

It was a proud day for GBC Countryside Wardens, the Gunpowder Mills Group and Chilworth2gether as the Green Flag, a nationally recognised award, was finally unfurled in Chilworth Gunpowder Mills.

Shown here is Andrew Norris, Chilworth Gunpowder Mills Group, raising the flag at the entrance to the site, with the Countryside Wardens to the left, who were instrumental in submitting the application, saluting the flag. A special thank you goes to Alison Boyce, now working at Merrist Wood, for her motivation and effort to achieve the award before she left GBC.
GBC entered the Chilworth heritage site for the award and fulfilled the many criteria required, including sensitive management, conservation techniques, and community involvement.

Christmas Trees at Chilworth Manor on sale

Chilworth Manor will be selling Christmas trees again this year.

Enjoy the magic experience of choosing your tree, with the bonus of a glass of mulled wine or a hot chocolate if you buy, and the chance for the children to help feed the alpacas.

Please click on the poster below for all details –

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.