A traditional dinner that has been held in Farnham for over 400 years will take place on Thursday 12 November at Farnham Castle.

The first Venison Dinner took place in 1605. The dinner was held in an attempt by the Bailiffs and Burgesses to stop townsfolk from poaching deer from Farnham Park. While poaching is no longer a problem, the customary dinner continues to be followed as a civic event.

The dinner is steeped in history and in keeping with tradition the chef, accompanied by a piper, will bring the cooked venison into the Great Hall. The venison will be presented to the Mayor of Farnham, Cllr Mrs Pat Frost who will carve the first slice.

Cllr Mrs Pat Frost who is also chairman of the Venison Dinner organising committee says: “This year’s dinner will be a very special occasion for me. I have been involved with the organising committee for many years so it will be a moment of great personal pride when I carve the first slice of venison. The castle has been playing host to celebrations and dinners for over 900 years. The Great Hall is very atmospheric and is the perfect setting for this sociable and friendly dinner.”

A number of speakers will introduce the evening’s toasts and include David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County Council; Professor Roni Brown, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University for the Creative Arts and former Bishop of St. Albans, Rt. Revd. Dr Christopher Herbert.

The dinner will include a choice of starter, pan seared venison with trimmings and a seasonal dessert. A vegetarian option will be available and special diets can be catered for. Tickets cost £60 and include a pre-dinner drink. Tickets can be bought from Pat Frost on 01252 728663 or by calling Farnham Town Council on 01252 712667.

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