Archives 2022

  1. Father Christmas handing a gift to a young girl

    Farnham Christmas Market comes to town on 11 December

    The ever-popular Farnham Christmas Market is set for Sunday 11 December from 10am in Farnham town centre.

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    Apply now for a community grant

    There is still time to apply for a community grant from Farnham Town Council but time is running out. 

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    Nominate your Farnham hero today

    Farnham Town Council would like to hear about more local heroes as the deadline approaches for nominations to the Services to Farnham Awards.

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    TV star Anita Dobson switches on Farnham’s Christmas lights

    TV star and EastEnders legend, Anita Dobson brought showbiz sparkle to Farnham when she switched on the Christmas lights on Saturday (19 November) in Gostrey Meadow.

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

    Farnham Town Council signs Civility and Respect Pledge 

    Farnham Town Council has agreed to sign a Civility and Respect Pledge promising to put civility and respect at the top of the agenda and to support positive cultural change for the local council sector. 

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  6. Group of people in high visibility waistcoats holding sacks and litter picks

    Litter pickers thanked for smartening up town for Remembrance Day

    Farnham looked suitably smart in time for last weekend’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations thanks to an army of volunteer litter pickers.

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  7. Snowy scene of a Christmas tree and ballerina on a shop window

    See the stunning snow scenes in Farnham’s shop windows 

    Christmas shoppers in Farnham can expect a visual treat as over 20 local shops have signed up to host stunning snow scenes on their windows.

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    Crowds gather for Remembrance Day in Farnham

    Farnham’s Remembrance Sunday parade and service (on 13 November) drew crowds of local people who lined the streets to pay tribute to the service men and women who have given their lives in the course of their duties.

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    Farnham’s schoolchildren remember the fallen

    Children and young people from Farnham’s schools took part in a special remembrance service at Gostrey Meadow on 11 November.

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  10. Father Christmas pressing the button to turn all christmas lights around town on!

    Farnham’s Christmas lights switch-on

    The Christmas lights in Farnham town centre will be switched on by the Mayor and some very special guests on 19 November at 4.30pm. Throughout the afternoon there will be live entertainment and activities for children including mini fairground rides ...

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    New walking app is set to help more people Discover Farnham  

    A brand-new walking app for Farnham is up and running, ready to guide residents and visitors around the town’s landmarks and key points of interest.

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    Jacqueline Wilson named headline children’s author at Farnham Literary Festival 2023

    The Farnham Literary Festival has today announced that Jacqueline Wilson DBE will be its headline children’s author as it returns for a second year in March 2023 following the success of its inaugural year. 

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    Councillor Roger Blishen

    It is with great sadness that Farnham Town Council received the news of the death of Councillor Roger Blishen. Councillor Blishen was elected as a Town Councillor in 2019 and represented The Bourne. A dedicated councillor, he will be greatly misse...

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  14. Aerial image of people taking part in a service at the war memorial

    Residents are invited to join the Remembrance Day service

    Farnham Town Council is inviting residents to line the parade route for the town’s annual Remembrance Day commemoration on Sunday 13 November. 

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  15. Group of children outside.

    Bloomin’ horticulture Halloween half term fun

    Children prepared for Halloween by creating spooky spiders and getting their hands dirty at the Bloomin’ Kids gardening workshops during half term.

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  16. Three males in high viz jackets and holding black rubbish sacks.

    Litter pick volunteers needed ahead of Remembrance Day Parade

    Help is needed to give the town centre a final tidy up ahead of this year’s Remembrance Day Parade.

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    Town Councillor Vacancy in Wrecclesham and Rowledge

    Find out how to apply to be co-opted as a town councillor representing Wrecclesham & Rowledge ward.

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    Mayor celebrates “unstoppable” hero of conservation

    Local conservation hero, Noel Moss, received a special award from the Mayor of Farnham at the Farnham in Bloom Community Awards.

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    Top award for Farnham: gold medal in Britain in Bloom

    Farnham has received a gold medal in the large town category in the prestigious Britain in Bloom awards.

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  20. Farnham World Craft Town logo

    Half term activities in Farnham’s October Craft Month

    Help is available to keep children entertained this half term as October Craft Month continues throughout the week-long break (22-30 October).

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  21. Group of school children holding certificates and trophies

    Farnham in Bloom Community Awards celebrate local gardening achievements

    A celebration of thousands of hours of volunteering and horticultural achievements took place at Squire’s Garden Centre in Badshot Lea on Wednesday.

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    October Craft Month opens its doors in Farnham

    Farnham Pottery opened the door on a world of craft at the official launch of October Craft Month on Saturday by Kate Malone MBE from BBC’s Great Pottery Throw Down.

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    Make Your Mark - leave a permanent impression in Farnham

    “The call is out to make your mark,” says Farnham Town Council as a series of fun and creative workshops take place

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    Prizes and praise for Farnham as South and South East in Bloom awards announced

    Farnham Town Council has been awarded five top prizes at the South and South East in Bloom (SSEiB) awards, including the best in category for Large Town.

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    Sunshine, chillis and fresh flavours draw record numbers to Farnham Food and Drink Festival 

    Thousands of people flocked to Farnham town centre for the eagerly awaited Food and Drink Festival (on 25 September).  More people than ever before made the most of the huge range of food and drink related stalls featuring chefs, specialist f...

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    Leading artist and TV personality Kate Malone to launch October Craft Month on Saturday

    Leading ceramic artist and popular judge on BBC’s Great Pottery Throw Down, Kate Malone, MBE will launch October Craft Month this Saturday (1 October) from 12pm at Farnham Pottery where there will be crafting activities through the afternoon. Octob...

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  27. Two stunt bike riders on a ramp

    Ramp Jam proves a hit with Farnham’s young people

    Extreme sports came to Farnham’s Gostrey Meadow at the end of August, inspiring hundreds of young people to abandon their phones and gaming consoles for the afternoon in favour of bikes, skates, scooters and skateboards. Team Extreme, a team of ...

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  28. People in a crowded market place.

    Farnham Food and Drink Festival to go ahead on 25 September

    Farnham’s Food and Drink Festival is just a matter of days away as Farnham Town Council and stallholders make their final preparations. The festival takes place in Castle Street, The Borough, Central car park and the Bush Hotel on Sunday 25 Septemb...

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  29. Farnham Food Month launched 

    Food Month in Farnham is underway following its official launch at the Bush Hotel on 1 September. The organisers, Farnham Town Council, invited sponsors and special guests to a reception of homemade cakes in anticipation of the month of activities de...

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  30. Three people in front of a tennis court.

    Mayor of Farnham presents grant of £2,000 to tennis club

    Badshot Lea Tennis Club is among the latest recipients of grant funding from Farnham Town Council.  The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Alan Earwaker, handed over a cheque for £2,000 to members of the club as a contribution towards improvements...

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  31. People in a crowded market place.

    Farnham Food and Drink Festival offers fun and free day out

    Farnham town centre is set to be taken over by the Farnham Food and Drink Festival on Sunday 25 September. The hugely successful festival, which is organised by Farnham Town Council and supported by Gold sponsors the Bush Hotel, Farnham Veterina...

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    New plaques are unveiled on the Famous Names of Farnham wall

    Two new names have been revealed this summer on the Famous Names of Farnham wall in South Street. The wall features plaques bearing the names of men and women connected with Farnham who have achieved great things. Family and friends gathered in So...

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  33. Juggler spinning a hat. Children watching.

    Ukrainian visitors invite locals to join them at free Independence Day of Ukraine event 

    Ukrainian guests living in the Farnham area will host a family-friendly community event in Gostrey Meadow on 24 August to thank the people of Farnham for their hospitality. They are inviting local people to join them at the free afternoon of food, ch...

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  34. friends enjoying farnham gin and fizz festival

    Tickets on sale now for Farnham’s Gin and Fizz Festival 2022

    Tickets are available to buy now for Farnham’s Gin and Fizz Festival which takes place on Saturday 17 September at a new location, The Kiln in Badshot Lea. Tickets can be purchased at www.farnham.gov.uk/gin-festival. “Our last gin festival pro...

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    Disabled young people benefit from grant for summer youth scheme

    The Mayor of Farnham presented a grant of £1,500 to Challengers, the local disability charity which provides play, fun and builds friendships for children aged 2 to 18. The funding is for Challengers’ summer youth scheme for Farnham. “Challen...

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  36. Stunt riders

    Extreme bike tricks leaves Farnham audience mesmerised

    The stars of the Extreme Mountain Bike Show wowed an audience of hundreds of local children and young people in Gostrey Meadow (on 10 August) at their live show. Despite the scorching heat, the team of world class stunt riders led by British and Euro...

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  37. Paper plates of beans from the allotment.

    Allotment holders invited to show off produce at Farnham’s Allotment Show

    Allotment holders are invited to enter their prize produce to this year’s Allotment Show. The deadline for entering is 25 August and the show itself takes place in Gostrey Meadow on 4 September. “Allotment holders are getting used to nurturing...

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    Free extreme sports show and coaching sessions 

    Team Extreme, the skate and BMX display team that recently featured on television’s The Games, will come to Farnham on 31 August. They will perform their stunning ramp show and run coaching workshops for children and young people to brush up on the...

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  39. Winter scene of town centre park. Wooden bridge in foreground, trees, buildings and bandstand in background. Blue sky.

    Green Flag accreditation for Gostrey Meadow

    Gostrey Meadow has retained its Green Flag Award for another year, signifying the park is a well managed green space that benefits people and the environment. Farnham Town Council, which manages Gostrey Meadow, says this year’s award is particularl...

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  40. Logo for Extreme Mountain Bike Show

    Free show in Farnham from champion stunt riders

    Wednesday 10 August will see Gostrey Meadow transformed into an arena for breath-taking stunts on mountain and BMX bikes as well as stunning parkour routines.  The show from the team at the Extreme Mountain Bike Show takes place from 12-5pm a...

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  41. Pink and white flowers.

    Farnham in Bloom gets ready to welcome judges

    Final preparations are being made before Farnham in Bloom welcomes judges from South and South East in Bloom and RHS Britain in Bloom to assess the town’s entries into this year’s competitions, this month. Organisers of Farnham in Bloom, Farnham ...

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  42. Two men each holding a document.

    Farnham Mayor welcomes continuing friendship with twin town amid turbulent times

    A friendship lasting 30 years between the people of two towns has been reaffirmed after the Mayor of Farnham and his counterpart from the town of Andernach in Germany renewed their Deed of Friendship. The renewal took place during a visit from the Bu...

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    Picnickers keep the carnival atmosphere going at Proms and Pop in the Park

    The weekend of carnival fun and community spirit culminated on Sunday (26 June) afternoon with Farnham’s very own Proms and Pop in the Park. The show, which was free to attend and featured music from midday until the early evening, brought families...

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  44. Group of people in front of a church

    Civic Service sees Mayor reaffirm pledge to support the community to revive Farnham

    Doing whatever he can to support the community in reviving Farnham is the commitment made by this year’s Mayor, Councillor Alan Earwaker as he takes on the role for the second year running. At the civic service on 12 June, Councillor Earwaker fo...

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  45. Picnic in the park

    Picnic, proms and pop in the park

    Music, food and fun is coming to Gostrey Meadow with Picnic, Proms and Pop in the Park on Sunday 26 June from 12-6pm. “We saw in the success of the platinum jubilee Big Lunch in Gostrey Meadow how much people of all ages love to come together fo...

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    Gardening competition: last chance to enter Secret Gardens competition

    The search is on for Farnham’s best gardens and gardeners in the annual Secret Gardens competition. There is still time to submit last minute entries. The competition is part of Farnham in Bloom, organised by Farnham Town Council and supported by T...

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  47. Group of walkers standing in front of a white building.

    Walking festival brings health, companionship and discovery to Farnham residents

    A new generation of people in Farnham experienced the health benefits, fun, companionship and sense of discovery that comes with walking, at the 2022 Farnham Walking Festival. The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Alan Earwaker, says: “This year’s ...

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    Crowds flock to Gostrey Meadow for jubilee Big Lunch

    Gostrey Meadow was packed to the brim with jubilant picnickers (on Sunday, 5 June) who came together to celebrate HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at the Big Lunch. While they tucked into their picnics, they were entertained with live music to sing ...

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  49. Front cover of Farnham Design Statement

    Farnham Design Statement Review

    Farnham Town Council is consulting on the final draft of its revised Farnham Design Statement. The previous Farnham Design Statement was adopted by the borough in 2010 and has been consistently used in the determination of all planning application...

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  50. Male and female holding a large cheque

    Dancers dress up to raise £550 for Ukraine Support Fund

    Dancers at the DeMeric Dance School in Farnham presented the Mayor of Farnham with a cheque for £550 for the town’s Ukraine Support Fund following a weeklong fundraising effort.  Aurelia Whitfield, Principal at DeMeric says: “Studen...

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  51. Two people in a blue sailing boat

    Cheque from Farnham community grant scheme for Sailability charity project

    Farnham Town Council has presented a cheque for £2,000 to Sailability, bringing the disability charity based at Frensham Pond ever closer to reaching its ambition to build a new activity centre. “Sailability is an amazing local charity that ena...

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  52. People looking at a plant stall

    Sustainability festival helps Farnham residents go green

    The Farnham Sustainability Festival was met with enthusiasm and positivity (on 22 May) as residents found out about how the town could become more environmentally sustainable and how individuals can help tackle climate change. “People of all age...

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    Join in the Big (picnic) Lunch to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee

    Farnham residents are invited to an extra special jubilee picnic on Sunday 5 June as part of the town’s royal celebrations. Gostrey Meadow will be the venue for Farnham’s Big Jubilee Lunch from 12 to 5pm and all are welcome.  “We have a roy...

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  54. Mayor and Mayoress outside Town Council office

    Farnham mayor-making: “Immense honour and privilege,” to represent town says Mayor

    “An immense honour and privilege,” is how Councillor Alan Earwaker described the opportunity for him to be the Mayor of Farnham for a second year, at the mayor making ceremony on 12 May. The annual mayor-making ceremony is the official process...

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    Reap the benefits of leading a more sustainable life

    This year’s Farnham Sustainability Festival is billed as a celebration of how to live a more sustainable life for the benefit of the planet, communities and our health and well-being. The family-friendly event will offer the opportunity for...

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  56. Three males playing electric guitar in a bandstand in a park.

    Music in the Meadow returns

    Farnham’s summer season of free weekly outside music concerts returns on Sunday 29 May.  The first band in the 2022 line up is the Missy Nelson Band. With a double bass, fiddle, banjo, cajon, guitars and mandolin, they describe th...

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    Choose from 30+ walks at the Farnham Walking Festival

    Walk leaders and sponsors have encouraged the public to put their best foot forward at the launch of this year’s Farnham Walking Festival.  The festival begins on Saturday 14 May with walkers being able to choose from a lovely five-mile spr...

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  58. Group of children

    Budding gardeners get sowing for Farnham in Bloom workshops

    Over 100 children took part in free Easter holiday gardening workshops (on 12 and 14 April) for Farnham in Bloom. The children planted seeds, potted up strawberries and created plant-inspired art in the Bloomin’ Kids activities which were held at F...

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    Walking Festival starts soon: book your place now

    Farnham Walking Festival is just a few short weeks away. Full details about all the walks and how to join one are now available online and in the festival booklet, available in libraries and other local outlets. The festival (14 May to 4 June) featur...

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    Tribute to Sir Ray Tindle CBE DL

    On behalf of the whole community, Councillor Alan Earwaker, the Mayor of Farnham has paid tribute to Sir Ray Tindle who was always generous, charming and a shrewd businessman.  He was made the first Freeman of Farnham for his philanthropy, civic...

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    Last call for proposals for public art installation in Farnham, Surrey

    Farnham Town Council has sent out a last call for proposals for a new art installation in Farnham. The project is a collaboration the Town Council, the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham Maltings and the Farnham Public Art Trust.  The comm...

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  62. Four people with one cutting a ribbon across entrance to shelter

    Farnham’s first youth shelter opens in time for Easter

    A new shelter giving young people a safe place to hang out with their friends has opened on Borelli Walk.  The shelter has been installed as part of a project by Farnham Town Council which aims to improve facilities for young people in Farnha...

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  63. Farnham allotment. Man digging allotment.

    Discover something new to do at the Farnham in Bloom volunteers’ fair

    Improving the look of your environment, getting to know your community better and gaining new skills are just a few of the benefits of volunteering with organisations that help to make Farnham bloom.  Farnham Town Council is helping organisat...

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    Farnham in Bloom and Farnham Literary Festival interweave 

    Literature and horticulture cross-pollinated on Thursday to create an extra special launch of Farnham in Bloom 2022.  The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Alan Earwaker welcomed guests to the first ‘in person’ launch event for three years. He...

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    Be part of the local conversation at the Annual Town Meeting

    At the Annual Town Meeting of electors (31 March), people living in Farnham will have the opportunity to ask elected councillors their burning questions about how taxpayers’ money is spent, progress on Town Council services and plans for future act...

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  66. Schoolchildren and adults stand under a flag

    Mayor celebrates Commonwealth Day in Farnham

    On behalf of the people of Farnham, the Mayor, Councillor Alan Earwaker celebrated Commonwealth Day 2022 by raising the Commonwealth flag in a ceremony outside the Town Council offices on 14 March. Councillor Earwaker was joined by local dignitari...

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  67. Small group of schoolchildren planting a tree with the Mayor

    Community turns out en masse to plant Jubilee trees

    An avenue of 40 mature trees has been planted alongside the river in Farnham to commemorate HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The tree planting day was part of a unique, national initiative called the ‘Queen’s Green Canopy’ and involved pup...

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  68. Female on stage speaking into a microphone

    Sandi Toksvig attracts crowd at opening of Farnham’s first literary festival

    The Farnham Literary Festival got off to a cracking start on Saturday with a sell-out opening event. Broadcaster, actor, comedian, novelist and producer Sandi Toksvig was the star attraction of the evening with a 20-minute talk which was both...

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    Sandi Toksvig to launch Farnham Literary Festival on 5 March

    TV personality, former Bake Off star and acclaimed writer Sandi Toksvig, OBE will officially open Farnham’s first literary festival on Saturday 5 March. “We are very excited to have Sandi Toksvig at the opening event of the Farnham Literary Fe...

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    Farnham Literary Festival – more events announced

    The Farnham Literary Festival, which runs from 5 to 13 March and coincides with Women’s History Month, will feature a talk by the historical fiction writers A K Blakemore and Annie Garthwaite.  In a fascinating and thought-provoking session...

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  71. Farnham literary festival logo 2022

    Introducing Farnham’s first Literary Festival

    A new festival which is set to appeal to book lovers and people who share a passion for reading, writing and the spoken word is coming to Farnham this March. The Farnham Literary Festival is the brainchild of Farnham Town Council and promises to o...

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  72. Apple stall at the farmers' market

    Farmers’ Market offers shoppers a healthy start to 2022

    The first farmers’ market for 2022 takes place on Sunday 23 January and promises to be a prime resource for shoppers wanting to embrace a healthy and wholesome diet this year. The market, which is open from 10am to 1.30pm at Central car park in Far...

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