July 21 – New volunteering opportunity in the Gunpowder Mills – the Balsam Bash

As previously announced, a new group called the “Friends of the Gunpowder Mills” is keeping interest levels in the Gunpowder MillsWorks high.  The group will be promoting the historical value of the site but  also promoting its nature and recreational value too.

Chilworth residents, friends and families are invited to join the volunteer team in the Gunpowder Mills on Sunday 21 July between 9am and 2pm, for the annual “bash” to tackle the invasive Himalayan Balsam, a pretty but invasive plant that is threatening to smother the native plants around our waterways.  Easy to pull out, the plant is in danger of taking over the banks of our streams and rivers, and a concerted effort is being made on the River Tillingbourne to control it.

Please give as much or as little time as you have to join the team, supported by the GBC Countryside wardens.  Councillor Graham Brown of St Martha Parish Council is co-ordinating volunteers – please contact him if you’re joining the team, or would like more information.

Many thanks

Graham Brown
Friends Of The Gunpower Works
St Martha’s Parish Council
07810 318036


New series at Abbey exploring Catholic Faith starts Sept 7

Dear Friend,
Bishop Robert Barron’s ‘Catholicism’ course will be presented from September 2019 for a second time at Chilworth Abbey, after a highly successful run over the last ten months, which showed how much a desire to learn more about their faith is present in the hearts of believers. The same format will be followed, showing each of the ten episodes month by month, chapter by chapter with explanations, teaching and discussion lead by Fr John Seddon OSB. The presentations will be on the first Saturday of every month beginning on September 7th, then October 5th, November 9th and December 7th. Then in 2020, January 11th, February 8th, March 7th, April 4th, May 2nd, and June 6th.
Each Study Day will begin with Mass at 9.00, followed by coffee. The first teaching session will conclude with Midday Prayer, with the second beginning after lunch until about 3.30 pm. Please bring a packed lunch and, if you can, a friend. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.

All those who attended the first sessions are warmly welcome to come again, the teaching will incorporate deeper aspects of the topics, but be quite appropriate for newcomers too. I hope to include two extra days on available Saturdays on Catholic moral teaching, during the course of the run. These will depend on the continued popularity of the course.

More information will be sent out on individual Study Days in due course. Have a restful summer. Hope to see you in September.

God bless,
Fr John.

GBC invites comments to town centre supplementary Planning Document

Draft Guildford Town Centre Views Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

Guildford Borough Council has produced a Draft Guildford Town Centre Views Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and will be consulting on the document from Monday 17 June to Monday 15 July 2019 (inclusive).

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) provide detailed guidance on how the Council will apply planning policy when determining planning applications. This SPD sets out a list of 15 viewpoints that help to reveal how Guildford developed and the importance of its relationship with the countryside beyond. Each view has been analysed and guidance provided for managing change within the view that will need to be assessed when considering new development proposals in the town.

The aim of the document is to provide guidance to planners, developers, designers and decision makers on how to manage change in key views. It is the intention that the document will be adopted by the Council and used by both developers and the Council to consistently, and fairly assess the impact of development proposals on the important identified views.

If you would like to comment on the draft SPD, please visit the consultation homepage at https://getinvolved.guildford.gov.uk/consult.ti/GTCV19/consultationHome. Please ensure that you use the ‘Online comments form’ to respond to the consultation.

Alternatively, you can let us know your views by emailing planningpolicy@guildford.gov.uk, or by writing to: Design and Conservation (Planning Policy), Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4BB. Please ensure you make it clear which part of the document (page, section, paragraph) your comments refer to.

Hard copies of the documents will be available to view at the Council office main reception at Millmead and in all Guildford borough libraries (during usual opening hours) throughout the consultation period.

Please note that verbal or anonymous comments cannot be taken into consideration. Your comments may be published, but your personal details, such as your name, will not.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Yours faithfully,

Tracey Coleman

Director of Planning and Regeneration

Chilworth Gunpowder Mills picture Gallery

Gunpowder Mills front page – illustrated with photograph of The Swing Bridge
swing bridge p2

aerial photograph of Gunpowder Mills site from the air – copyright Andrew Norris
air photo from north 2009

The Millstones
millstones at incorporating mills buildings 20-22

The Incorporating Mills
incorporating mills 1885 building 52

West Lodge building – used by workers to report for duty and leave any inflammable material

Incorporating Mills building
incorporating mills 1860s buildings 20-22 p2

Expense Magazine building

Incorporating Mills 1885
incorporating mills 1885 building 52

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