Archives 2018

  1. FIB winter celebration bandstand 2014 copyright FTC

    Bloomin' Winter Celebration

    A celebration to mark what has arguably been Farnham’s best year ever in the In Bloom competitions takes place on Sunday 16 December at the Farnham Vineyard Church in Union Road from 2.30pm. The Farnham in Bloom Winter Celebration is free to att...

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  2. Farnham Christmas Market

    Take the pressure out of Christmas preparations by heading to Farnham’s Christmas Market on Sunday 9 December (10am to 4pm) in the town centre. There will be around 200 stalls where shoppers will find gifts galore, Christmas decorations and food...

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  3. Farnham gets festive

    The Mayor of Farnham Cllr David Attfield switched on Farnham’s Christmas lights on Saturday with help from a surprise guest. Arriving on a horse-drawn carriage, Father Christmas was greeted with cheers and applause as he made his way onto the st...

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  4. Farnham Christmas Market 2015.

    Food to tickle your tastebuds!

    Farmers and producers are encouraging shoppers to plan ahead and preorder items for their Christmas feast at this month’s Farmers’ Market on Sunday 25 November. Stallholders will be selling and taking orders for a range of Christmas essentials...

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  5. Christmas Civic Carol Service

    The ballot for tickets to the Mayor of Farnham’s Civic Christmas Carol Service is now open. The service will be held on Thursday 13 December at St Andrew’s Church, Farnham. Starting at 7.30pm, the traditional service will include Christmas read...

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  6. Council chamber 2015 copyright FTC

    Be a Town Councillor

    Farnham Town Council is inviting applications for the co-option of a new councillor for the Bourne ward following the resignation of Sam Hollins-Owen. To apply, candidates will need to complete and submit an application form by 9am on Monday 10 De...

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  7. Farnham marks WWI centenary

    Large crowds of people gathered in Farnham on Sunday (11 November) to pay their respects and commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War and those that had died in conflicts since. As 11am approached, a joint procession of some 450 ...

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  8. Children gather to remember

    School children from 18 Farnham schools came together in a collective act of remembrance at the war memorial in Gostrey Meadow on Friday (9 November) to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One. The primary and secondary school-aged ch...

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  9. Weybourne War Memorial

     The Weybourne war memorial has been rededicated in a new memorial garden following completion of work to improve the tribute to local people who died during the first and second world wars. The main memorial plaque lists 12 people who died durin...

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  10. Customer service awards

     Businesses in Farnham are excelling when it comes to providing a great customer experience, according to a recent independent mystery shopper review. Over 50 people gathered at the Farnham customer service awards on 6 November at Farnham Town Co...

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  11. Christmas lights switch-on 2018

    Farnham will be getting festive on Saturday (17 November) when the town’s official Christmas lights are switched on by the Mayor of Farnham, Councillor David Attfield. The afternoon of family fun will begin at 1pm at Gostrey Meadow. Thanks to su...

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  12. Bloomin’ Kids get gardening

    Over 60 children, including some as young as three, took part in free Bloomin’ Kids’ Gardening Workshops during the half term holiday at the end of October. The workshops were run by Farnham Town Council as a way of making it easy and fun for ...

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  13. Farnham Remembers

    Schoolchildren will be among those taking part in two acts of remembrance in Farnham to commemorate those who have fought, died and lived through armed conflict. The first service is on 9 November and is organised by Farnham Town Council and the F...

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  14. ActivityThursdaysRLC 2017

    Grants for local projects

    Farnham Town Council is inviting applications from local groups that would like to bid for money from the 2019/20 Community Grant pot. More than £20,000 is available for projects that will promote the environment and/or community life in Farnham ...

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  15. Thank you to litter pickers

    Fine, sunny weather tempted over 20 volunteers to take part in this autumn’s town centre community litter pick on Saturday 20 October. The biannual event was attended by families, members of community groups, Bloomin’ litter volunteers, counci...

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  16. Call to create Defib register

    Farnham Town Council and Heartstart Farnham Lions announced on national Restart a Heart Day on Tuesday 16 October that they are to work together to produce a comprehensive list of Defibrillator Heart Restarters in the Farnham area and want to urge lo...

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  17. Prizes for in Bloom volunteers

    Farnham Town Council said a big thank you to the army of volunteers who contributed to the success of this year’s Farnham in Bloom at an awards ceremony (on Thursday 11 October). The annual awards began with presentations to local schoolchildren...

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  18. Sausages cooking.

    Shoppers get the pick of the crop

    Shoppers can expect to find the best of the harvest from new stallholder T&G Vegetable Gardens at this month’s Farnham Farmers’ Market. Taking place in Central car park, off Victoria Road on Sunday 28 October from 10am to 1.30pm, the marke...

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  19. Bloomin kids 2017

    Free kids’ gardening workshops

    Parents, carers and grandparents are invited to introduce their children to the pleasures of gardening this half term with Farnham Town Council’s free gardening workshops. The workshops will be held from 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm on Thursday...

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  20. Festival draws thousands

    Thousands of foodies, visitors and shoppers flooded the streets of Farnham at Sunday’s (30 September) celebration of local, artisan and specialist produce at the 2018 Farnham Food and Drink Festival. For the first time festival organisers Farnha...

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  21. Otterly amazing!

    Farnham Town Councillor Mike Hodge has presented two cheques for £15,000 each to The Woodlarks Centre and Brightwells Gostrey Centre, which are the charities he supported during his year as the Mayor of Farnham. More than £28,000 was raised from...

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  22. Piper, chef holding venison on a platter and the Town Crier.

    A dinner steeped in tradition

    The hundredth anniversary of votes for women, the end of the first world war and Mike Hawthorn being the first British winner of Formula one are the themes for the after-dinner speeches at this year's Venison Dinner. The dinner, which dates back o...

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  23. Group of people in high visibility jackets holding litter pickers and black sacks

    Take your pick

    A community initiative aimed at keeping on top of litter will return this autumn. ‘Big Pick’ is organised twice a year by Farnham Town Council. The campaign encourages volunteers to take action against litter and organise a litter pick of thei...

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  24. Mayor with group of 11 winners of Services to Farnham awards.

    Services to Farnham Awards open

    Farnham Town Council is seeking entries for this year’s Services to Farnham Awards. The Awards give recognition to those people who are providing an outstanding or crucial service to people in Farnham. Councillor David Attfield, Mayor of Farn...

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  25. Food Festival 2015 ©Nick Hansen

    Visit the Food and Drink Festival

    Farnham Town Council is celebrating ten amazing years of showcasing the variety and quality of local food at the Farnham Food and Drink Festival by holding the event on a Sunday this year, enabling more of the town and even more visitors to enjoy the...

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  26. 1,700 enjoy Gin Festival

    Farnham’s gin lovers were treated to a festival dedicated to their favourite tipple last week at the second Farnham Gin Festival. Following the success of last year’s one-day event, Farnham Town Council held this year’s festival across two n...

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  27. Farnham wins 14 awards

    Farnham Town Council is celebrating what may well be its best result yet in this year’s South and South East in Bloom competition. The town netted four gold awards, was the winner in three categories and won a special award for biodiversity. ...

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  28. Farmers Market

    Support local food producers

    September is the time to celebrate food and drink in Farnham and at this month’s Farmers’ Market the focus will be on fresh, local produce. Shoppers will be able to enjoy great food and support their local farmers and food producers at the Far...

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  29. Influence the future of Farnham

    Residents are being urged to have their say on the revised version of Farnham’s Neighbourhood Plan by the consultation closing date on Sunday 30 September. An early review was instigated after Waverley Borough Council revealed that Farnham needs...

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  30. No longer a secret

    The winners of Farnham Town Council’s Secret Gardens competition have been revealed. Nearly 50 awards were made across eight categories including the Best Public House/Hotel, Courtyard, Large Garden, Front/Back/Small Garden and Wildlife Garden. ...

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  31. Take part in consultation

    Farnham Town Council is seeking local people’s views on proposed sites for an additional 450 homes in Farnham. The early review of the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan was announced shortly after it was adopted in July 2017. It was prompted by a requi...

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  32. Partnership working!

    Farnham in Bloom has grown a reputation for adding flowers and colour to areas of Farnham that need a little cheering up! From the replanting of an overgrown flower bed in East Street to the addition of flower displays at Farnham train station, th...

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  33. Farnham acknowledges sponsors

    The main sponsors of this year’s Farnham in Bloom gathered in South Street to view the 2018 sponsor boards. The boards are installed on the side of the supermarket in South Street and are a way for Farnham Town Council to thank and publicly ackn...

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  34. Aerial view of crowd of people at Gin Festival

    Gin Festival: a great night out

    Tickets are still available for the opening night of this year’s Gin Festival in Farnham on Friday 14 September. There will be around 150 different types of gin including local and lesser known brands. Gin enthusiasts will be able to chat to the...

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  35. Farnham's silent soldiers

    Life size silhouettes of first world war soldiers have appeared at a number of locations in Farnham. The Royal British Legion’s Silent Soldier campaign is supported by Farnham Town Council and is a mark of respect for those soldiers who never ma...

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  36. Remembering with flowers

    A carpet bed of flowers commemorating the end of World War One has been a feature of Gostrey Meadow in Farnham this summer. Over 4,000 plants were used to plant the three by three metre square design which depicted a lone silent solider against a ...

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  37. New Deputy Mayor for Farnham

    Paula Dunsmore, Farnham Town Councillor for Wrecclesham and Rowledge has been elected as the new Deputy Mayor of Farnham. She was elected by councillors to take on the role of supporting the Mayor of Farnham for the remainder of the 2018/19 Counci...

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  38. 3 people standing behind two planters filled with vegetables ripe for harvest.

    Free lunch from in Bloom

    Free salad leaves and vegetables are ripe for the picking thanks to volunteer gardeners from this year’s Farnham in Bloom campaign. Containers outside South Street Sainsbury’s are packed with herbs, salads, vegetables and edible flowers that are ...

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  39. Schoolchildren praised in judging

    Schoolchildren who took part in the Farnham in Bloom schools’ competition were commended on their creativity and hard work when judges recently assessed their entries. The Mayor of Farnham, Cllr David Attfield was joined by Farnham Town Council ...

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  40. Otters raise money for charity

    New homes have been found for more than 40 otters which featured in the Otter Wey community art trail. The otters, which brought such delight to the community went on parade at Farnham Castle for one last time on Monday 9 July before being auction...

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  41. In Bloom judges visit Farnham

    Judges from South and South East in Bloom visited Farnham this week to assess the town’s entries in the annual In Bloom competition. Judging began on 10 July when a team of Farnham in Bloom organisers and volunteers took the visitors on a tour whic...

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  42. Councillors in the making

    Twenty students from More House School visited Farnham Town Council on Wednesday 4 July to meet the Mayor and conduct a Pupil Voice meeting, which is similar to a school council. The meeting began with a question and answer session chaired by the ...

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  43. Lots of people siting on grass enjoying a music festival and picnic

    Picnic in the Park

    Picnic in the Park has traditionally become a day to wind down and relax after the excitement of the previous day’s carnival and this year was no exception. Thousands descended on Gostrey Meadow for an afternoon of non-stop live music by local a...

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  44. Judges head to Farnham

    Community involvement is firmly at the heart of Farnham’s entry into this year’s South and South East in Bloom. The judges will arrive on 10 July and as well as being taken on a tour of new initiatives for 2018, they will see how established p...

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  45. Flying the flag for UK troops

    The start of Armed Forces Week was celebrated in Farnham on Monday 25 June. Farnham Town Councillors and members of community organisations gathered outside the Town Council office and watched as the Mayor of Farnham Councillor David Attfield, abl...

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  46. Spring Festival 2018.

    Open air music and food

    An afternoon of live music, street food and impromptu picnics comes to Gostrey Meadow on Sunday 1 July when Picnic in the Park takes place, marking the end of another successful carnival weekend in Farnham. The fun will begin at 11.20am with performa...

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  47. Hard work pays off

    A student who came to Farnham Town Council for work experience has had her hard work and enthusiasm rewarded with a job offer. After deciding college was not for her, Johanna Rowbotham (17) studied at Waverley Training Services where she retook an...

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  48. Mayors Civic Service 2018

    Mayor makes promises of office

    The annual civic service has taken place at St Andrew’s Church to mark the start of the new Council year and the appointment of the recently elected Mayor of Farnham, Councillor David Attfield. The service saw Councillor David Attfield make his ...

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  49. 100s put their best foot forward

    Over 450 people got out and about to explore some of the lesser known parts of the town during Farnham Town Council’s Walking Festival. There were 38 walks to choose from during the two-week long festival ranging from two to 14 miles. Council...

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  50. Enjoy the music this Father’s Day 

    Celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday 17 June by making Music in the Meadow a family occasion. There will be live music from Farnham Brass Band between 3pm and 5pm at Gostrey Meadow. Farnham Town Council will provide jumbo garden games so all you nee...

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  51. School's green enterprise

    Students from a local school who have taken part in the Farnham in Bloom schools’ hanging basket competition have turned their newly acquired gardening skills into a business opportunity. Staff from Farnham Town Council’s outside workforce vis...

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  52. Cemetery improvements

    Work is underway at West Street Cemetery to improve the area for visitors seeking a quiet space to reflect and remember loved ones. The refurbished Garden of Reflection will be separated from the nearby allotments and greenhouses by an attractive ...

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  53. Famous Names plaque unveiled

    A plaque acknowledging the achievements of a former Farnham resident has been unveiled in South Street by the Mayor of Farnham, Councillor David Attfield. Sir Jeffrey Tate CBE attended Wrecclesham Primary School before joining Farnham Grammar Scho...

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  54. Otterly wonderful

    The former Mayor of Farnham Councillor Mike Hodge turned walk leader on Sunday when 27 people joined him for a guided tour of the Otter Wey Trail community art project. Councillor Hodge led the walkers on the seven-mile trek in search of 44, one-m...

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  55. Spring Festival 2018.

    Festival brings out the crowds

    Summer temperatures saw thousands of people heading along to Farnham Town Council’s Spring Festival on Sunday (27 May). The free event which was sponsored by Kidd Rapinet Solicitors, Trueman and Grundy and Momo Station included a programme of ac...

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  56. Large crowd of people sit and stand on grass to watch dance festival. Blue sky.

    Dance in the Meadow 2018

    Bring a picnic and your dancing shoes to Farnham's celebration of dance at Gostrey Meadow on Sunday 3 June.

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  57. Greenhouse open day 2018

    Visitors preview 'in Bloom'

    Sponsors, volunteers and members of the public recently attended Farnham Town Council’s greenhouse open day for a preview of Farnham in Bloom. Members of the Farnham in Bloom team took great pride in showing visitors some of the preparation work...

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  58. Cllr Mike Hodge with newly elected Mayor of Farnham Cllr David Attfield

    New Mayor of Farnham

    Farnham has officially welcomed its new Mayor, Councillor David Attfield, and thanked the current Mayor, Cllr Mike Hodge at the annual mayor making ceremony on Thursday 10 May at Farnham Town Council offices. As the new Mayor representing the town...

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  59. Otter painted by: Evi Carr-Barney sponsored by The Hedgehogs

    Otter Wey trail

    A bevy of otters will be making an appearance in Farnham this May as part of a fundraising art project supported by the outgoing Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Mike Hodge, Blooming Arts and the Lions Club of Farnham. The one metre tall otters have b...

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  60. Farnham’s Spring Festival

    Farnham’s Spring Festival on Sunday 27 May is set to be better than ever with sporting masterclasses, a mini funfair, music from five live bands plus street food and refreshments. Festival-goers can even try out sumo wrestling and traditional Japan...

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  61. Outside workforce 2018

    Outside team ready to Bloom!

    The warmer weather and the launch of Farnham in Bloom has seen Farnham Town Council’s outside services team stepping up its spring programme of work. Among the first jobs to be tackled are grass cutting at the cemeteries and the planting up of h...

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  62. Launch of Farnham in Bloom 2018

    Farnham in Bloom is launched

    There was a buzz of excitement at Forest Lodge Garden Centre as gardening enthusiasts, volunteers, local councillors and businesses launched Farnham in Bloom 2018 on Thursday (26 April). Guests enjoyed canapés and drinks at the Forest Lodge restaura...

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  63. Secret garden competition winners 2015

    Secret Gardens competition opens

    Gardening enthusiasts in Farnham and surrounding villages are being urged to show off their gardens by entering this year’s Secret Gardens competition. The Secret Gardens of Farnham is an annual competition to find Farnham’s best secret garden...

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  64. Farnham in Bloom Greenhouses

    Greenhouse open day

    Farnham Town Council’s annual greenhouse open day is on Thursday 17 May between 10am and 12 noon and 6pm to 7pm. Despite the slow start to spring, the milder weather has meant the greenhouses are now brimming over with hanging baskets and plants...

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  65. Gin Festival tickets go on sale

    Tickets have gone on sale for this year's Gin Festival on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 September. Book today via the Farnham Maltings box office.

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  66. Best litter pick yet!

    A task force of litter pickers has swept across Farnham town centre collecting rubbish for Farnham Town Council’s annual spring clean. The areas targeted by the volunteers included Gostrey Meadow, Farnham Park, Borelli Walk, Hickley’s Corner, ...

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  67. Farmers Market to include crafts

    Farnham Town Council is extending its support for local producers and makers by introducing handmade craft at the Farmers’ Market. Blue Daisy, which sells handmade bags and fleece pet blankets made their first appearance at last month’s market...

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  68. Walking Festival launch 2018

    Launch of Walking Festival

    The countdown for Farnham’s free, two week Walking Festival has begun, making May the month to get outdoors and explore Farnham on foot. The Festival, which is sponsored by Breaking Free, the Farnham Farmers’ Market and the Co-Op will begin on...

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  69. Next generation gardeners

    Young gardeners have given a big thumbs-up to Farnham Town Council’s Bloomin’ Kids Easter gardening workshops. The free workshops saw youngsters planting marigolds to take home and learning how to sow broad beans, peas and beetroot. The Farnha...

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  70. Free gardening workshops

    Free gardening workshops are happening during the school Easter holidays for children aged six and over. The green-fingered fun has been arranged by Farnham Town Council and is a fun and educational way to involve younger residents in Farnham in B...

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  71. New date for Spring Clean

    A new date has been set for the Great British Spring Clean of Farnham town centre. The community litter pick, which was due to take place last month was postponed because of the snow. It will now be held on Saturday 14 April and Farnham Town Counc...

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  72. CommonwealthFlag raising 2018

    Commonwealth Day celebrated

    Representatives from organisations in Farnham joined the Mayor of Farnham on 12 March to take part in international celebrations to mark Commonwealth Day. The Mayor, Councillor Mike Hodge raised the Commonwealth Flag, with help from pupils at Pott...

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  73. Final 2018 Music in the Vineyard

    The final Music in the Vineyard for 2018 promises to be popular as Farnham Big Band performs an afternoon concert at the Vineyard Church, Union Road, Farnham from 3-5pm on Sunday 25 March. “If there are any winter blues or cobwebs to be blown aw...

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  74. Be part of the local conversation 

    The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Mike Hodge, is inviting local residents to come to the Annual Town Meeting which takes place on Thursday 22 March from 7pm at the Mercure Farnham Bush Hotel. All electors are welcome to attend and are free to ask q...

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  75. Vandals target Farnham in Bloom

    The Farnham in Bloom team has expressed their disappointment at having their efforts once again destroyed by vandals. The most recent incident occurred over a weekend in February. Containers of bulbs were overturned in Haren Garden and pansies wer...

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  76. Neighbourhood Plan cover

    Review of Neighbourhood Plan

    Adoption of the Waverley Local Plan has prompted Farnham Town Council to carry out an early partial review of its Neighbourhood Plan. The review aims to identify potential sites for up to 450 additional homes that will need to be built in Farnham ...

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  77. Hop Blossom hanging baskets

    Say it with flowers

    Getting involved in Farnham in Bloom is easier than ever this year with two new initiatives taking place for spring. Those looking for a lasting Mother’s Day gift have the chance to dedicate a Farnham in Bloom hanging basket especially for their...

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  78. Mayor with group of 11 winners of Services to Farnham awards.

    Rewarded for making a difference

    Recipients of the 2018 Services to Farnham Awards have been announced and between them they have given well over 280 years of their time to volunteering. Sharing their skills and knowledge so that others can enjoy and benefit from what Farnham has...

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  79. Mayor presents large cheque to a female representing The Simon Trust charity.

    Mayor presents cheque

    The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Mike Hodge has presented a cheque to The Simon Trust, which is a charity that supports adults with autism. The money was raised from the sale of mince pies and mulled wine at the Farnham in Bloom Winter Celebration...

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  80. Farmers’ market and free music

    The classic sounds of swing come to the Vineyard Church, Union Road on Sunday 25 February when Music in the Vineyard, the season of free music concerts, continues in Farnham. The show follows the monthly Farmers’ Market which takes place earlier in...

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  81. Group of people in high visibility jackets holding litter pickers and black sacks

    Sign up for spring clean

    Volunteers are needed now for Farnham’s Great British Spring Clean events which start on 3 March. A series of litter picks are being organised during March, so volunteers are being encouraged to sign up now or to organise their own. “With spri...

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  82. Free live music event in Farnham

    Surrey-based 60s music act, Out of the Shadows, has been announced as the launch act for this year’s Music in the Vineyard, which takes place from 3-5pm on the last Sunday of each month until March. Out of the Shadows will perform on Sunday 28 Janu...

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