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Name Gostrey Meadow’s cat

Drawing of black and white cat looking out potting shed window.© Farnham Town Council

An unattractive electricity substation building in Gostrey Meadow and the bus stops by Farnham railway station have undergone a creative transformation by Farnham Town Council.

The broken windows of the red brick substation, which is next to the children’s playground, have been covered with a vinyl that has been illustrated to give the impression of looking through the window of a potting shed. The scene is completed by a friendly black and white cat that sits on the windowsill watching the children play.

Councillor Stephen Hill, Lead Member for Community Enhancement says: “The sub-station was really quite an eyesore and unlikely to be improved by the electricity company that owns it so we investigated what we could do to improve it.

“The pictures that now cover the windows have really made a big difference to the look and feel of this corner of Gostrey Meadow. We think the cat will be a firm favourite of children – so much so that we think it needs a name and are asking children and visitors to the park to send us their suggestions. There will be a small prize for the winning name which will be announced at the last Music in the Meadow concert on Sunday 7 September.”

The bus stops outside the railway station are also looking a lot cheerier and brighter and are now covered with pictures of large colourful flowers to promote Farnham in Bloom.

Suggestions for the cat’s name can be emailed to, tweeted to @FarnhamOfficial using the hash tag ‘cat’ or posted on Farnham Town Council’s Facebook page. Entry forms can also be picked up from the Farnham Town Council information tent at the farmers’ market and Music in the Meadow. The closing date for submitting entries is 5pm on Friday 5 September.

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