Chilworth Family Cinema launched in time for Christmas –

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.
Click on the poster for all details –

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Pics and report – cinema’s first birthday

Chilworth Community Cinema is now one year old.

From the first film, the community cinema has been a roaring success, with it’s strong social side, classic films and first class refreshments at an affordable price.

With the aim of bringing the community together, and raising money for local good causes, the cinema is run by Diane Kenny and is supported by a merry band of volunteers and Chilworth2gether. It has shown a variety of classic films, and has new ideas for next year, including a Family Cinema. it offers wine, beer, cider or tea, coffee or hot chocolate to drink, and Losely Ice cream in the interval. As a special treat, Jackie Goode baked a splendid birthday cake, and theatre gets were treated to a celebratory glass of Prosecco.

Here, Diane greets early arrivals at the cinema

Locals sign in and pay at the door and mingle with volunteers

The splendid cake made by Jackie Goode is cut by cinema goer Peter Burt

Bunting adorns the screens

Details of the next film are posted here each month, or you can sign up to receive details of the cinema’s events when you arrive.

Report and Pic – Chilworth Station, part of the North Downs Line

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.

Nov 24 – invitation from the Chilworth Benedictine Abbey

Dear Friend,

You are warmly invited to a presentation of the third episode of ‘Catholicism – a journey to the heart of the faith’, by the acclaimed author and speaker Bishop Barron, on Saturday November the 24th, 2018. This is a Chilworth Abbey Study Day given by Fr John Seddon OSB, who will con-textualise 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 third film investigates ‘The Ineffable Mystery 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. More information at chilworthbenedictines.com

Yours sincerely,

Fr John Seddon OSB

Concerns over low water levels in Gunpowder Mills

A concerned local has reported concerns over the low levels of water in one of the canals in the Gunpowder Mills that feeds the Mill Race.

The normal channels of communication with GBC have temporarily been curtailed following the cessation of the original Gunpowder Mills Group earlier this summer. To fill the gap, Chilworth2gether contacted the appropriate officials at GBC on behalf of the local concern, and alerted the Parish Council of the query.

Both responded promptly. St Martha Parish Council has been aware of the problem of sluggish water in some of the channels and slow flows of water for some time; it is aware that a metal plate inserted upstream some years ago has reduced the flow of water and is a potential cause of the problem.

St Martha has advised that they have already contacted the Environment Agency with the purpose of having the metal plate removed in order to restore the flow.

GBC on the other hand attributed the slow flow to the hot summer and less rainfall than usual; this is based on the advice it has been given. In addition, it has attempted to improve the damage to the Mill Race by introducing sand bags; it is commissioning a survey of the Mill Race, but thinks that the costs of full restoration may be prohibitive in the current climate.

Both Parish Council and GBC also point out the problem of silt and rubbish in the channels mean the channels will probably need to be dredged out to restore the right levels so that, if the water flow is increased, it can flow freely.

St Martha Parish Council has announced that it hopes to establish a sub-group of the Parish Council for the Gunpowder Mills in the autumn, which will represent its interests, and open up lines of communication again with GBC.