Study Day – the Spanish Inquisition July 1 at the Abbey

You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Abbey Study Day, Controversy: the Spanish Inquisition and more, given by Fr John Seddon OSB, on Sat, 1st July, 2017.

The day begins with Mass at 9.00 am. Three talks will divide the Day, with refreshments Midday Prayer and lunch, and departures at 4.00 pm. Come to part, or all of the day, as it suits you.

If you can, encourage a friend to come with you. Bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR Online information:

Prayers will be offered for your intentions.

Fr John Seddon OSB

Chilworth2gether donates a Gas Barbecue

After several years of good service, Chilworth2gether has purchased a new gas Barbecue for its own events, and is donating the original barbecue locally.

We are very pleased to have found a new home for it with the Bethal Church Assembly, where it will be used with groups of young people of various ages in Chilworth and Shalford.

We are very pleased that our aim of bringing people together, and making Chilworth a great place to live, is happening through this gift, and we hope lots of the young church members will get the benefit of it.

Job Opportunity in Sept – school crossing patrol officer

Tillingbourne Junior School has a vacancy for school crossing patrol officer from September 2017.

Full details will be found on the Tillingbourne school website,
Or you could contact the school directly


June 9 – 24: opportunity to comment on changes highlighted in New Guildford Plan

Targeted consultation on Guildford Borough Council’s Proposed Submission Local Plan (2017)

You are invited to take part in the targeted consultation on Guildford Borough Council’s Proposed Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites (2017).

During the targeted consultation, we will only be asking for comments about the proposed changes to the plan. These will be clearly shown in the updated plan documents through tracked changes, along with summaries that highlight the changes in each policy. We will submit all of last year’s consultation comments to the independent Planning Inspector, along with the responses to this summer’s targeted regulation 19 consultation about the proposed changes.

The consultation runs from 12 noon on Friday 9 June 2017 to 12 noon on Monday 24 July 2017. During this time, the Proposed Submission Local Plan (2017) will be available to view on our website at at our Millmead office and at local libraries within the borough.

Public drop-in events

We have organised three public information drop-in events where the Planning Policy Team will be available to clarify the consultation process and copies of documents will be available to view:

East Horsley Village Hall – Wednesday 14 June 2017 – between 1pm and 8pm
Tongham Community Centre – Thursday 15 June 2017 – between 1pm and 8pm
Guildford Town Centre at our Council offices at Millmead – Saturday 1 July 2017 -between 10am and 5pm
Ways to submit written comments

If you would like to comment on the changes to the plan, consultation feedback must be provided in writing and ideally via our representation form. Please ensure all comments clearly state and identify which paragraph number or policy they relate to in the Local Plan document.

You can do this in a number of ways:

Our preference is that you submit your comments on our online consultation system which can be accessed through
email to
complete a paper questionnaire or write a letter and send it to: Planning Policy Team, Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, GU2 4BB or hand it in at the consultation events.
Please note that verbal comments cannot be taken into consideration.

We will analyse the comments received during the consultation and anticipate submitting the Plan to the Planning Inspectorate for examination at the end of the year.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Tracey Coleman

Director of Planning and Regeneration

Join the volunteers on June 11 to Bash Balsam and build a Wildlife hotel

You are welcome to join the friendly volunteers in the Gunpowder Mills on June 11 from 10.30am. With two activities to choose from, this is an activity that is suitable for families. The Himalayan Balsam, though very pretty is spreading all over our river banks. It’s easy to pull out – just bring some protective gloves.

Or work is supervised by our Countryside Wardens Nick and Alison, who provide any tools we need – and refreshments and cake!

It’s very free and easy. Just come to the picnic area in the Gunpowder Mills at the bottom of Vera’s Path and join in for as long or as short a time as you can spare – it all helps and keeps our lovely countryside clear.

Chilworth2gether plants more white roses

Volunteers have planted more white roses in the verge behind the modern iron railings on the main road close to the pub.

Unable to get permission for planting near the station, Chilworth2gether are adding to the magnificent collection of white roses by the roadside. Already three years old, the roses are all doing well and hopefully will soon be big enough to soften the effect of the railings. The verge has been neatly trimmed to help the roses get a good start. All of them are covered in buds, so the first flush should come out soon for us all to enjoy.
Varieties include: “Kew Gardens” “Claire Austin” “Salisbury Cathedral””Iceberg” and the white form of Ros Rugosa.