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    Nominate your community hero

    There is still time to nominate your local hero for a Services to Farnham Award. The awards recognise crucial or outstanding service carried out on a voluntary basis to the Farnham community. Winners meet the Mayor of Farnham at a reception where the...

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    Abba’s Angels sing for Farnham’s Christmas Lights switch-on

    Record numbers of people welcomed the Farnham Christmas lights switch-on in style on Saturday (20 November) with a Santa’s grotto, bucking reindeer, children’s fun fair rides, snow globe, panto stars and live nativity. Families, couples and gr...

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    Win a hamper of local produce at this month’s Farmers’ Market

    The Farnham Farmers’ Market is 20 this month and to celebrate this milestone, a prize hamper packed full of goods donated by local producers is up for grabs at the market on Sunday 28 November. Anybody who visits the market in Central car park c...

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    Financial help for individuals and community projects

    Community groups and local good causes, as well as individuals and families in need, are being encouraged to apply for grants administered by Farnham Town Council. The South Street Trust and the Community Grants fund are suitable for organisations...

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    Farnham remembers at annual remembrance service

    On Sunday 14 November, the Farnham community turned out in force to commemorate the British and Commonwealth servicemen and women who died in the two world wars and later conflicts, at Farnham’s annual remembrance service and parade. A civi...

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  6. Group of school children with Mayor and service personnel at war memorial

    Farnham schools remember

    Children from 15 local schools have taken part in this year’s Farnham Schools’ Remembrance Service at the War memorial in Gostrey Meadow.  The young people watched as Parade Marshall Ian Hunter led the Civic party which included the Mayor...

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    Bloomin’ Kids have a Marvellous Time!

    Thirty children have taken part in the first Bloomin’ Kids’ Gardening Workshop since the start of the pandemic.  The budding gardeners enjoyed activities such as garlic and onion set planting, seed sowing, terracotta pot painting wit...

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    Farnham’s Christmas lights switch-on

    Farnham Town Council has an afternoon of festive family fun lined up for Farnham’s Christmas lights switch-on at Gostrey Meadow on Saturday 20 November.  Starting at 1pm, there will be non-stop live entertainment by 15 local schools and mus...

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    Snow windows go viral

    An initiative to encourage people to visit Farnham town centre has gone viral and reached nearly ten million people on social media. The video, which has been watched over 4.5million times by people around the world, shows local artist Tom Baker u...

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    Plaque is unveiled to celebrate the life of John Verney

    The Mayor of Farnham has unveiled a plaque on Farnham’s wall of famous names in South Street to commemorate the many talents of the late John Verney.  Family members, friends and admirers of John Verney’s work gathered at the ceremony to cele...

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  11. Mayor of Farnham laying a wreath at the war memorial in Gostrey Meadow for Remembrance Sunday 2020

    Arrangements announced for Remembrance Sunday in Farnham

    Farnham’s annual Remembrance Parade and Service will take place on Sunday 14 November. The Remembrance parade will assemble in Castle Street from 10am with a road closure from the junction with Park Row from 10-10.30am. Alder Valley Brass will ...

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    Mayor of Farnham commits to working together and reviving the town at Civic Ceremony

    Farnham’s annual Civic Service, which sees the Town Mayor make his promises of office, took place earlier this month at St Andrew’s Church. At the ceremony the Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Alan Earwaker, spoke of how he is using his year in offic...

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    Gostrey Meadow wins Green Flag award

    Gostrey Meadow has been awarded a Green Flag award for the first time, just two years after Farnham Town Council took on the management of the park. The Green Flag is an international mark of quality which aims to raise the standards of parks and ...

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    Community awards highlight the far reaching benefits of Farnham in Bloom

    Accomplished gardeners, enthusiastic litter-pickers, schools, pubs and care homes were among the recipients of the Farnham In Bloom Community Awards. Many of them attended the awards evening which took place at Squire's Garden Centre, Farnham on 6 Oc...

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    October Craft Month gets underway for 2021

    An art installation has been unveiled in the Evelyn Borelli Memorial Garden and signifies the conclusion of a community-wide project which began during last year’s Craft Month.  Guests gathered to see the Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Alan E...

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    Farnham wins Council of the Year

    The results of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) prestigious Star Council Awards 2021 have been announced and Farnham has been declared Council of the Year. Four other councils were shortlisted for the title with the fina...

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  17. Two young males each holding a green chilli

    Feeling the heat at Farnham’s Food and Drink Festival

    Farnham’s Food and Drink Festival went down a storm on Sunday, but it was the new chilli eating competition that really stole the show.  Each of the ten contestants were challenged to eat a full chilli down to the stalk before progressing t...

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    Farnham in Bloom wins a bunch of gold awards

    The winners of this year’s South and South-East in Bloom competition have been announced with Farnham in Bloom picking up a bunch of gold awards.  For the first time ever, the judges awarded West Street Cemetery with Gold. The Town Centre a...

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    Packed programme announced for Farnham’s October Craft Month

    October is Craft Month in Farnham which means a packed programme of workshops, exhibitions, craft fairs and trails, many of which are free. Dozens of crafts feature throughout the month, from glass blowing, sculpting, metal work and photography to mo...

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    Wall of fame sees new name added

    A new plaque has been unveiled on Farnham’s Famous Names Wall in South Street in celebration of the achievements of nationally acclaimed dancer Brenda Simner. Brenda Simner, who has lived her whole life in Farnham, was joined by family members f...

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  21. Bowls of olives at the Food Festival

    Farnham Food & Drink Festival returns

    The Farnham Food & Drink Festival returns on Sunday 26 September and promises to be bigger and better than ever before. “Local foodies missed out last year due to COVID so we have a jam packed list of chefs, restauranteurs, brewers, bakers a...

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    Recognition for hundreds of pandemic volunteers at ‘thank you’ reception

    On behalf of the town, around 200 invited guests have been thanked by the Mayor of Farnham, former Mayor and partner organisations for their contribution to the local response to the pandemic and their generosity in helping people in need. The rec...

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  23. Crowd of people sitting on grass watching a stunt bike rider

    Extreme Mountain Bike Show entertains and inspires crowds

    Tricks and stunts impressed crowds gathered at Gostrey Meadow (on 18 August) as the Extreme Mountain Bike show took Farnham by storm. The team from Extreme Mountain Bike Show, which tours the UK’s towns and cities, performed breathtaking stunts ...

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  24. A group of people standing in front of a bandstand.

    Getting back to normal

    Music in the Meadow was back to pre-COVID numbers on Sunday as people flocked to Farnham Town Council’s free outdoor music event. The band Azure proved to be a big hit and created a great atmosphere. People were clapping and dancing all afternoo...

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    The Extreme Mountain Bike Show comes to Farnham

    A bike event like no other is coming to Farnham on 18 August to offer something completely free and a little different to young people on their summer break. The Extreme Mountain Bike Show will take place in Gostrey Meadow from 12-5pm accompanied by ...

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    Farnham shortlisted for Council of the Year - please vote for us

    Farnham Town Council has been shortlisted for the prestigious title of Council of the Year in England’s Star Council Awards 2021. The Town Council is just one of five town/parish councils in the running for the award with the final winner to be ...

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    Judging of Farnham in Bloom is completed

    Farnham welcomed some very special visitors this week when judges from South and South East in Bloom assessed the town’s entries to the horticultural competition. Farnham Town Council is hopeful that the creativity and biodiversity of this year...

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    Farnham in Bloom is ready to impress as judging gets underway

    The eagerly awaited judging of this year’s Farnham in Bloom entries has begun and will continue until 15 July, prompting a flurry of activity as volunteers carry out last minute checks and tweaks to the prolific array of colourful displays and plan...

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    Singing in the rain at Picnic in the Park

    Met. office weather warnings for heavy rain failed to dampen the spirits of merry makers at Sunday’s Picnic in the Park at Gostrey Meadow.  Picnickers were transported back to the heady days of the 1960s with live music from The Replays, Th...

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

    Team of volunteer litter pickers tidy up the town

    An army of litter pickers spruced up parts of Farnham town centre plus beauty spots such as Gostrey Meadow and Riverside on Saturday (12 June) as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s Big Spring Clean and Farnham in Bloom’s activities to enhance public spa...

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  31. Group of people stand beneath the armed forces day flag flying from the front of a red building

    Saluting the Armed Forces

    The beginning of a nationwide week of Armed Forces Day celebrations has been marked by the Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Alan Earwaker who paid tribute to servicemen, and women and veterans in a flag-raising ceremony.  The Mayor raised the Arm...

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  32. Young girl holds a drawing and receiving a prize from the Mayor.

    Young artist puts NHS rainbow at heart of design

    A flowerbed based on a piece of child’s artwork and featuring a cheerful NHS rainbow, a big red heart and bright sunshine is Gostrey Meadow’s newest floral centrepiece.  The carpet bed - flowers and foliage closely planted together to cre...

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  33. Two adults and two children standing next to a bench filled with items to make a hanging basket.

    Schoolchildren urged to get planting for Farnham in Bloom

    Schoolchildren are playing their part in making this year’s Farnham in Bloom an amazing show of flowers and creativity - with more opportunities for schools to get involved still available. “Farnham in Bloom has lots to offer children’s lear...

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    Pedestrians - tell us your views

    We are conducting a survey to find out more about what it is like to be a pedestrian in Farnham and your experiences of navigating the town on foot. The findings will help to inform a new wayfinding scheme in Farnham. The survey takes about f...

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    Employee receives long-service award

    Farnham Town Council’s outside workforce is well used to winning gold and silver gongs for their contribution to Farnham in Bloom but there is one member of the team whose long service has earned him an extra special award.  Robin Cooper joined...

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  36. Female pricking out seedlings. Three people in background gardening.

    Farnham Town Council thanks Farnham’s volunteers

    Farnham Town Council joined the closing celebration of Volunteers’ Week to say a huge thank you to its incredible volunteers and to recognise how their contribution makes Farnham a greater place to live.  In a year where the community has b...

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    Picnic in the Park brings flower power to Farnham

    Farnham’s annual Picnic in the Park is back for 2021 on 27 June from 1-6pm in Gostrey Meadow. Organisers of the much-loved community day have given the picnic the theme of ‘flower power’ and are inviting picnickers to contribute a potted plant ...

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  38. Group of students holding plant and standing on a raised grass area.

    Farnham in Bloom helps pupils reinvigorate school garden

    Farnham in Bloom has come to the rescue at Farnham Heath End School by helping students re-plant an area formerly used as a pond, with an array of flowers and wildlife-friendly plants. “The school has a lovely garden area which the students use ...

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    Awards recognise volunteering action from 10 Farnham residents

    Ten local men and women have been honoured in the prestigious annual Services to Farnham Awards at a ceremony in the Council Chamber of Farnham Town Council on 17 May.  Speaking at the ceremony, the retiring Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Pat Evans...

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    Open air events return to Farnham

    There were happy smiling faces all around on Sunday as people took part in the start of Farnham’s summer programme of events which is sponsored by Kidd Rapinet.  Visitors were treated to a total of three separate open-air events which inclu...

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