Archives 2020

  1. Four people standing in front of flower bed

    Lord Lieutenant joins volunteers

    Members of Farnham in Bloom received a helping hand from the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey when he visited Farnham on Thursday.  Michael More-Molyneux met volunteers and helped plant winter bedding plants in the Madge Green memorial bed which is ...

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  2. Choir singing in church

    Carol service goes online

    For the first time, Farnham’s traditional Civic Christmas Carol service has been pre-recorded so people can watch it online from the comfort of their home. The service will be available to watch via Farnham Town Council’s YouTube channel from 7pm...

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    2021 is the year to be crafty

    Farnham is England’s first World Craft Town and to help more people discover their craftier side, the South Street Trust is inviting grant applications from organisations seeking funding for art-based educational activities.  There is aroun...

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  4. Male dressed as Father Christmas

    Find the Christmas spirit

    Farnham Town Council is proactively encouraging people to shop local this Christmas. As well as supporting local businesses through virtual shopping initiatives such as www.WeAreFarnham.co.uk, the Town Council has arranged for a free family walkin...

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  5. Young people dancing in a garden

    Apply for funding

    Community organisations in and around Farnham are invited to apply for funding through the Community Grants scheme operated by Farnham Town Council. “We would like to hear from local not-for-profit organisations between now and 7 December with a...

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  6. Group of five people standing in a shopping yard. Two men on right tend to flowers in a large planter.

    Floral facelift for the Lion and Lamb

    The Lion and Lamb Yard is set to receive a floral facelift this winter. Farnham Town Council has taken on responsibility for managing the yard’s floral displays. This will include the addition of new tubs and hanging baskets which will be plante...

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    Services to Farnham Awards nominations

    The search for local heroes is on as Farnham Town Council opens nominations for the Services to Farnham awards 2019/20. Individuals and organisations are being asked to think about the local people who have given outstanding or crucial services to th...

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  8. Row of shops in town centre.

    Support local shops online

    Farnham Town Council is backing an emerging new digital initiative aimed at encouraging people to support local shops online or by click and collect.  WeAreFarnham.co.uk is a growing digital marketplace and will provide a one-stop shop for pe...

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  9. Spotlight shines beam of light into sky. Christmas tree in background.

    Farnham’s sky lights up for Christmas

    Farnham people took to social media on Saturday to show their appreciation for Farnham Town Council’s Beacons of Light show.  Introduced as an alternative to the traditional town centre Christmas lights switch-on, Farnham Town Council arran...

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  10. Christmas lights in town centre street

    Beacons mark Christmas countdown

    Eight searchlights placed around Farnham and surrounding villages will literally bring rays of light to local residents at 5pm on 14 November, marking the beginning of local Christmas festivities. Councillor Alan Earwaker, Lead Member for Tourism ...

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  11. Bottles of chilli oil and jars of chilli sauce.

    Christmas Farmers' Market

    December’s Farmers’ Market will go ahead this year although the Christmas Market, which was due to take place on the same day, has been cancelled due to COVID restrictions. The Farmers’ Market will be held on Sunday 13 December from 10am to 1.3...

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  12. School children, the Mayor and others socially distance at the war memorial.

    Poignant remembrance service

    Over one thousand people traditionally attend Farnham’s main Remembrance Sunday parade. This year, to keep members of the community safe but still able to be involved, Farnham Town Council broadcast the event live. A video of the service is avai...

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  13. Poppy wreaths at a war memorial

    We will remember

    A service of remembrance will be broadcast live from the war memorial in Gostrey Meadow, Farnham on Sunday 8 November. Watch it here from 10.30am.

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  14. Two females standing behind a stall selling craft items.

    Craft Market enjoyed by all

    Shoppers got a head start on their Christmas shopping on Sunday at Farnham’s first West Street Craft Market.

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    Farnham gets crafty for the day

    This Sunday (25 October) Farnham Town Council is holding an open-air, art and craft makers market in West Street from 10am to 4pm. An eclectic mix of handmade work will be available to buy from nearly 40 artists and craft makers. Some of the craft...

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  16. Female cuts a ribbon to mark the opening of a shop.

    Mayor opens pop-up shop

    Farnham’s Mayor, Councillor Pat Evans opened a new pop-up shop, Making Matters, in the Lion and Lamb Courtyard on Thursday (8 October). The shop is hosting the work of 20 local artists throughout October for the town’s Craft Month. The Mayor s...

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  17. Pink, red flowers in planter on South Street Farnham

    Farnham welcomes clean air day

    In the week that a questionnaire has gone live inviting Farnham people to comment on ideas aimed at improving air quality, Farnham Town Council welcomes Clean Air Day and the opportunity it provides to get people thinking about the role they can play...

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  18. Mayor cuts ribbon at entrance to a building

    October Craft Month begins

    As Farnham’s craft enthusiasts celebrate October Craft Month, the Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Pat Evans, joined in the creative fun by contributing to a community art installation.  The Mayor decorated her own brick for the Another Brick i...

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  19. Cartoon of a cute monster

    Go on a monster safari in Farnham

    Farnham Town Council has organised a new and exciting activity for intrepid explorers this October. MonsterVillains is a free and creepy family trail of monsters which aims to give families a socially distanced, contactless and fun activity. The t...

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  20. Group of people wearing masks and socially distancing.

    Mayor meets Hale volunteers

    Five very special volunteers have had their contribution to Hale’s community during the COVID-19 outbreak recognised last week. The Mayor of Farnham awarded John Ely, Emma Swinden, Felicity Fitchett, John McFarlane and Alan Hayes with gifts of vouc...

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  21. Three men holding banner advertising fundraising appeal

    Hardship fund smashes target

    The Farnham Coronavirus Support Fund has smashed its £50,000 fundraising target after receiving a £16,685 share of a government grant which Waverley Borough Council received from Defra. The fund aims to help people who are struggling to afford food...

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  22. Close up of pink, purple and white flowers in a trough with a plaque on the container showing a sponsor's name.

    Farnham in Bloom wins Gold

    The results of this year’s South and South East in Bloom competition have been announced and tops off 30 years of Farnham in Bloom. Judges awarded Farnham in Bloom Gold in the Large Town category, Gold in the Town Centre category, Gold for Badsh...

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  23. Farnham World Craft Town logo

    Craft Market comes to Farnham

    As a World Craft City, Farnham is officially one of the most creative towns in England and on Sunday 25 October, shoppers will have the opportunity to buy their very own unique piece of art. To complement events happening throughout October Craft ...

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  24. Brightly coloured marquees in street and crowds of people

    Food & Drink Festival cancelled

    Farnham’s highly popular annual Food and Drink Festival has been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Festival, which was first held in 2008, has become a major attraction in Farnham Town Council’s calendar of events and normally...

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  25. Row of parked cars in front of red bricked shops and businesses. Town centre

    Changes to pavement widening scheme

    Changes to Farnham's pavement widening scheme are due to take place from 8pm on Friday 11 September.

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  26. Blacksmith at work. Fire

    World Craft Town film

    In June 2020, Farnham was awarded ‘World Craft City’ status by the World Crafts Council and became the first town in England and the third region in Europe to join the network of world craft cities.  Other European holders of the designation...

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  27. Group of people standing around 3 sides of a carpet bed

    VJ Day commemoration

    The Mayor of Farnham Councillor Pat Evans together with Brigadier Roger Hood QVRM TD DL and Roger Brown Chairman of the Royal British Legion Farnham led Farnham’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of VJ Day on Saturday (15 August). It was ex...

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  28. Symbol of a bike painted on the pavement

    Farnham Cycle Way Bid comment

    Comment from Farnham Town Council: A bid by Surrey County Council for government funding has been met with mixed feelings. The grant application for £850,000 was made by Surrey for better cycling infrastructure across the county including Farnham. D...

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  29. Row of shops in town centre.

    Forum gives people a voice

    A forum aimed at involving the public in shaping investment in Farnham’s infrastructure to resolve long-standing issues, cut congestion and improve air quality has been launched. The inaugural meeting of the Local Liaison Forum, part of the new ...

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  30. Aerial photo of a park

    Music in the Meadow returns

    The return of Music in the Meadow on Sunday showed that it is still possible to socially distance and have fun. The event was organised by Farnham Town Council and saw people sitting in spray painted bubbles for groups of up to 2, 4 or 6 people. T...

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  31. Black circular sign post with Farnham painted in white letters around top of circle

    Take part in a new forum

    People who live, work, study or travel around Farnham will have their first chance next week to ask questions on a programme to cut congestion and improve air quality in and around the town. The Farnham Infrastructure Programme’s Local Liaison F...

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  32. People watching a band play in a bandstand in a park.

    Music in the Meadow returns

    Farnham Town Council’s popular events programme is set to make a comeback on 2 August with the welcome return of the weekly Music in the Meadow concerts at Gostrey Meadow. The A Train covers band will be the first to head up the six-week season ...

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    Fund ready for more applications

    A fund which was launched in April to help people who have been significantly affected by COVID-19 is expecting a flurry of applications as job losses and changes in personal circumstances start to impact on people’s financial situation. The Far...

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  34. Man and woman holding a basket of potatoes and garlic. Greenhouse and trees in background

    Mayor visits space2grow

    The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Pat Evans has carried out her first informal visit since the easing of lockdown. Together with her consort David Evans, the Mayor visited space2grow which is one of the Mayoral charities. Space2grow is a community ...

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  35. Armed Forces Day flag raising ceremony. Five people standing outside the town hall. Armed forces day flag and the Union flag are flying. Colourful flowers in a hop cart in the foreground.

    Saluting the armed forces

    The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Pat Evans paid tribute to servicemen and women at an armed forces flag-raising ceremony at the Council Office in South Street on Monday (22 June). The ceremony started with a minute’s silence in memory of those...

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  36. Mass of orange flowers.

    Farnham blooms during lockdown

    As restrictions are lifted and Farnham emerges from lockdown, residents are being greeted by splashes of colour from cheery floral displays around the town centre and surrounding villages. Over the past few months, Farnham Town Council’s outsid...

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    Fresh and fruity at market

    Fresh local produce will be in abundance at the Farnham Farmers’ Market on Sunday 28 June. This month there will be even more stallholders with produce ranging from freshly harvested fruit and veg to locally reared meat, newly laid eggs and del...

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  38. Close up of female working with clay

    Farnham: a World Craft City

    Farnham is the first town in England and only the third region in Europe to be given ‘World Craft City’ status. Other European holders of the designation include the Outer Hebrides for Harris tweed and the Danish island of Bornholm, famous for it...

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    Mayor to serve for another year

    Councillor Pat Evans is to continue in her role as the Mayor of Farnham for another year along with the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Alan Earwaker. The Mayoral changeover was scheduled to happen in May, but the normal ceremonial Mayor-making Council ...

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  40. Three men holding banner advertising fundraising appeal

    Farnham's pandemic response

    Lockdown restrictions may be easing for some, but Farnham Town Council and the Farnham Maltings believe their role in leading the coordination of offers of help and requests for support during the coronavirus pandemic is far from over. The COVID-...

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  41. Girl sitting on bench in garden holding a certificate and lego prize.

    Prizes for Lego garden winners

    Children across Farnham have risen to Farnham Town Council’s lockdown challenge to create a garden from Lego. The competition is one of several new initiatives aimed at getting the community involved in this year’s Farnham in Bloom and attrac...

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    Farmers’ Market returns

    The Farmers’ Market will return to Farnham on Sunday 24 May with additional safety measures in place to protect both shoppers and stallholders.  In line with the latest government advice and guidance, the market will be held in an enclosed ...

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  43. Exterior of Victorian red office building with church next door.

    Dementia friends training

    Three years ago, Farnham Town Council joined the local Dementia Action Appliance, which aims to make Farnham a more dementia-friendly town. As part of its ongoing commitment to learning more about the condition that is predicted to affect one in ...

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  44. Flower bed with red, yellow and orange flowers.

    Secret Gardens Competition

    Farnham Town Council is expecting a bumper crop of entries in this year’s Secret Gardens competition which will be judged remotely.  There are eight categories to choose from including Best Hanging Basket/Container and Best Family Lockdown ...

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  45. carpet bed planted to show poppy and 75

    Join the nation for VE Day 75

    Farnham Town Council is calling upon Farnham people to join in a host of home-based celebrations to commemorate 75 years since the end of World War 2 in Europe. From home-made bunting and displays of poppies to garlands of Union flags and celebrat...

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  46. Three men holding banner advertising fundraising appeal

    Farnham Rants backs fund

    A fundraising appeal which was launched a week ago with support from the Farnham Herald has received an additional boost from Lee Moran, the founder of the popular Facebook group Farnham Rants.  The Farnham Coronavirus Support Fund, which was...

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  47. Group of people standing 2m apart on grass holding signs.

    Hardship fund launched

    Farnham’s voluntary sector has once again come up trumps by joining forces with Farnham Town Council and the Farnham Maltings to create the Farnham Coronavirus Support Fund.  Eleven community organisations have contributed a total of £22,0...

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  48. Wildflowers

    Farnham in Bloom at 30

    Farnham in Bloom is 30 this year and although restrictions are in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus, there are still plenty of ways people can get involved and celebrate this horticultural milestone. This year, the judges from South and ...

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    Annual meeting postponed

    Farnham Town Council’s annual meeting and the election of the new Town Mayor has been postponed in line with government guidelines. The Mayor and all existing officer holders will continue in post until the annual meeting can be held. Council...

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  50. Group of people holding copies of the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan

    Epic moment for town's Plan

    Farnham’s Neighbourhood Plan has cleared the final hurdle in its Herculean quest to be re-adopted by Waverley Borough Council. An early review of the first Neighbourhood Plan, which was adopted in 2017 was triggered by a requirement to accommoda...

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  51. Aerial photo of four people in front of vehicles and a marquee.

    A helping hand

    Farnham Town Council recently rallied its outside workforce team to provide Farnham Hospital with the expertise and equipment they needed to build a new, temporary assessment centre. Iain Lynch, Clerk at Farnham Town Council says: “We received ...

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  52. Cross shaped headstones, purple wild flowers in forground

    Cemetery memorial testing

    Specialist contractors working on behalf of Farnham Town Council will begin a programme of memorial safety testing in its cemeteries this month. The inspections will start in Green Lane Cemetery before progressing to Badshot Lea, West Street and Hale...

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    Farnham’s coronavirus response

    In the week following the government’s decision to fight the spread of coronavirus by putting the country into lockdown, an immense amount of work has been undertaken to ensure Farnham’s most vulnerable are cared for. The Farnham COVID-19 Coo...

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  54. Roses in plant pots on a market stall. Stallholders in background.

    Farnham Farmers’ Market

    The farmers’ market is this Sunday (22 March) from 10am to 1.30pm at Central car park, off Victoria Road, Farnham. However, if government advice changes because of the coronavirus, the market may be postponed – the latest information will be post...

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  55. Mayor with microphone standing at end of a line of young people on stage

    Show is a hit with audience

    The Mayor’s Charity Variety Show raised hundreds of pounds for local charities last weekend (Saturday 14 March) with a packed bill of entertainers at Crondall Village Hall. Part way through the evening, the audience enjoyed a fish and chip suppe...

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  56. Aerial photo showing castle and green spaces and trees.

    Voters choose 'yes'

    The Farnham electorate has given a clear message about how it wants the town to evolve over the next 12 years with an overwhelming majority voting in favour of adopting the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan. The result of the referendum, which took plac...

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  57. Group of people holding a booklet. Dog in foreground

    Farnham Walking Festival

    The programme for the 2020 Farnham Walking Festival is out now. The Walking Festival is organised by Farnham Town Council in partnership with local walking enthusiast Guy Singer, and with additional support from an army of volunteer walk leaders....

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  58. Group of adults and children in front of building. Commonwealth flag and Union flag flying on side of building

    Commonwealth Day flag flying

    Farnham Town Council has observed Commonwealth Day with a flag-raising ceremony outside its offices in South Street on Monday 9 March. Similar ceremonies took place simultaneously in towns and cities across the UK and the day was also celebrated ...

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    Comments and questions invited

    Farnham’s Annual Town Meeting takes place on Thursday 26 March, providing a face to face opportunity for residents to hear about the town council’s plans and priorities for Farnham and for residents to share their views and ask questions. The ...

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    Mayor honours winners of awards

    Thirteen local people have been recognised by the Farnham community for their outstanding services to the area, in the annual Services to Farnham Awards. The awards highlight the work carried out by individuals for the benefit of Farnham. The Mayor o...

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  61. Group of litter pickers in high viz jackets and holding bags and litter picks

    Litter pickers needed

    Farnham is in need of volunteer litter-pickers to take part in this year’s Big Pick Week in March and to join in Bloomin’ Litter activities throughout the year. “Litter picking is a quick and easy way to have a big impact on the attractivene...

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  62. Older people watching a band perform inside a church hall

    Free Sunday activities

    The farmers’ market comes to town on Sunday 23 February, bringing hints that spring is on its way in the form of lusciously fresh, local seasonal produce. If that is not enough to tempt Farnham’s residents out of their homes, an afternoon of free...

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    Tickets on sale for Variety Show

    Tickets are on sale now for Farnham’s very own variety show, which takes place on Saturday 14 March at 7.30pm at Crondall Village Hall. The Mayor’s Charity Variety Show promises a line-up packed with high quality, local acts such as Shuffletunes ...

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  64. Group of people standing in semi circle. Trees and union flag in background

    Commemorative tree planting

    The lives of five servicemen from Farnham who died over 100 years ago in World War 1 have been commemorated with the planting of cherry trees at the Memorial Hall on Crosby Way, Farnham. The servicemen were all employees at Farnham United Brewerie...

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  65. Group of young people with the Mayor of Farnham

    Ugandan children visit Farnham

    A choir of 11 children from the King’s Kid Home School in Uganda recently visited Farnham and much to their delight, received a warm, traditional welcome from the Mayor of Farnham.  ‘Karibuni’ (welcome) and ‘oli otya?’ (how are you?...

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  66. Van wrapped in floral vinyl and parked on gravel

    Name our new van

    Farnham Town Council welcomes a new environmentally friendly vehicle to its fleet and is asking for your help to name it. The council is running a competition to find the perfect name for the vehicle, which is used by its outdoor workforce and will s...

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  67. Group of people holding copies of the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan

    Neighbourhood Plan referendum

    Farnham electors are being asked to have their say on the updated Farnham Neighbourhood Plan by voting in a special local referendum on Thursday 12 March. The adopted Neighbourhood Plan had to be revised to meet a new housing target and includes s...

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    Council tax kept below average

    Careful money management has enabled Farnham town councillors to agree a level of council tax that is set to remain below the national average. Farnham Town Council made the decision at its Full Council meeting on Thursday 23 January, resulting in...

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  69. Banner advertising Hale Carnival. People setting up stalls for fete.

    Cash boost for community groups

    Almost 40 of Farnham’s community organisations will benefit from the latest round of grants allocated by Farnham Town Council. Together, they will share £75,000 to support their work with people in need, sports and arts activities as well as proje...

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  70. Older people watching a band perform inside a church hall

    Music in the Vineyard returns

    January marks the return of Music in the Vineyard which is a free live music concert organised by Farnham Town Council throughout the winter months. The first of the monthly concerts is on Sunday 26 January from 3-5pm at The Vineyard Centre in Uni...

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