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

GBC invites comments on modifications to the GBC Local Plan

Message from Guildford Borough Council Planning Policy Consultations

Dear Sir or Madam

Guildford Local Plan: Strategy and Sites – Main Modifications 2018

You are invited to take part in the consultation on Guildford Borough Council’s Local Plan: Strategy and Sites – Main Modifications 2018. We are contacting you because you have previously indicated that you would like to receive notifications about planning policy matters. If you no longer wish to recieve these notifications, please let us know by emailing

The Local Plan sets out the vision for the whole borough and the Council’s approach to development up to 2034. The plan plays an important role in shaping the borough’s future – how our town and villages develop, protecting and enhancing our natural environment, developing our local economy, improving leisure and visitor facilities, addressing transport and infrastructure needs and supporting more sustainable forms of travel.

The Council submitted the submission Local Plan: Strategy and Sites to the Secretary of State in December 2017. The plan has since been subject to public examination by an independent Inspector, which is still ongoing. Following a series of public hearing sessions, the Inspector has found that the plan is sound subject to a number of main modifications. The Council is consulting on the proposed modifications for six weeks from 12 noon on 11 September 2018 to 12 noon on 23 October 2018.

The Schedule of Main Modifications can be found on the consultation webpage at You can also see a version of the plan with the modifications inserted for reference. Printed copies of the schedule, the plan and other relevant documents will be available during the consultation at the reception in the Council’s Millmead offices during normal office hours and in the borough’s libraries during opening hours.

You can make comments on the Schedule of Main Modifications online through the consultation webpage. Alternatively, you can send us your comments by email to or by writing to Planning Policy, Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BB. If you email or write to us, please ensure that it is clear which proposed main modification each of your comments relates to. Each modification is numbered in the schedule.

Please note that verbal or anonymous comments cannot be taken into consideration.

All duly made comments will be submitted to the Inspector for consideration as part of the Local Plan examination.

Yours faithfully,

Tracey Coleman

Director of Planning and Regeneration

Day with Mary – Sept 15 at Chilworth Abbey

Dear Friend,

We will be hosting a Day with Mary on September 15th, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. This Apostolate encourages devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. The event will include Mass and two talks with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and processions and recitation of the Rosary. Fr John Seddon OSB will be the main Celebrant. 10.00 am -4.30 pm. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea and Coffee is provided. An extensive selection of devotional items will be on sale.

Fr John Seddon OSB

Chilworth Volunteers’ Summer BBQ – pics and report

With so many people freely giving their time, their expertise and their services to make this a great village to live in, Chilworth2gether decided to host a party for them all to say thank you.

Invitations were sent out to as many people throughout the organisations and associations in the village, so we could all come together for an evening of fun and conviviality.

Expense was kept to a minimum, with everyone bringing their food to cook on the BBQ.

It was a fine and balmy evening, with a communal meal in the marquee, and lots of time to chat with old friends and new acquaintances.

Gunpowder Mills Group retires, but representation carries on

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.

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