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Farnham Town Council

Farnham Town Council was created in 1984 and has 18 unpaid Councillors in 9 wards representing a population of approximately 40,000.

Your Local Council at the Heart of the Community

The Council Offices in South Street, GU9 7RN.
The Council Offices in South Street, GU9 7RN.

Farnham Town Council has a Town Mayor and 18 Councillors.  All Councillors are elected by the people of Farnham in a single election, held every four years. The most recent election was in May 2011.

The everyday management of the Council is undertaken by the Town Clerk and a team of officers and staff.

Click here to find out more about the Town Mayor.

Click here to find out more about the Town Councillors.

Click here to find out more about the Town Council Staff.

The County authority for Farnham is Surrey County Council and the District authority is Waverley Borough Council.


The Town Council office is located in South Street and is open:

  • Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm 
  • Friday 9am to 4.30pm.


The Town Council can be contacted by email, telephone or by post.

Click here for contact details.


History of the Town Council

The Municipal Building in 1904
The Coat of Arms

Before 1974 the Farnham Urban District Council was the local and district body that was responsible for the town and environs of Farnham. In 1974 the Farnham Urban District Council was disbanded and Waverley Borough Council took over all its assets and responsibilities. 

Farnham remained without a Town or Parish Council until 1984. In 1984 consent was granted to form Farnham Parish Council. The Council was formed from eighteen elected members representing nine wards in the Parish of Farnham. In May 1984 the Parish Council of Farnham resolved that henceforth it would be referred to as Farnham Town Council. 

The first Mayor of Farnham Town Council was W.A. Smallman. He was Mayor for two years until 1986 and since then Farnham Town Council has had 22 mayors.  More information on past Mayors is available on the 'Town Mayor' page.


In 1986 the Town Council was granted permission to use the Armorial Bearings, known as the coat of arms, that had first been granted to the Farnham Urban District Council in 1950.  

The design expresses in heraldic form and colours the main features in the history of Farnham.  The Castle represents the stronghold built at Farnham in the twelfth century by Henri du Blois, Bishop of Winchester, and the mitre and pastoral staff allude to the town's long associations with the Sees of Winchester and Guildford.

The green field, the stag's head, and the oak refer to the parks and woodlands of the district, while the ears of wheat stand for agriculture, and the sprig of hops for produce for which Farnham was formerly famous.  The stone axe refers to the prehistory of the district.The motto "By Worth" is taken from the name of one of the town's benefactors, John Byworth.  A clothier by trade, he presented the town in 1623 with the "Byworth Cup", a replica of which is in the custody of The Museum of Farnham.




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