It's all change at Farnham Town Council. On Thursday 12 May, councillors elected a new Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Leader of the Council. We have also appointed councillors to the many working groups that support the work of the Council.
At long last, it appears that spring has finally arrived. The trees are looking lush and it won't be long until before the Farnham in Bloom hanging baskets and containers make an appearance in the town centre and surrounding villages.
The warmer weather is also a sign that our outdoor programme of events is fast approaching. We will begin the season with our first ever Spring Festival on Sunday 29 May. This free family event will include lots of music and dance and will mark the Queen's 90th birthday. Please do come along and try your hand at Taiko drumming, dance with your baby in The Dance Movement's Sling Groove workshop or take part in football skills with Aldershot Football Club.
If you are planning a train journey over the next few months, please be reminded that South West Trains has started their project to add 170 new spaces in a decked car park. This means that the car park is currently closed so please do allow a little more time to park in an alternative car park. The work will finish in August. More information can be found on the South West Trains website.
If you do come along to an event, please let us know if you enjoyed it and whether there is anything we can do to improve it next time round. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Farnham has a new Mayor
Farnham Town Councillors have elected Cllr John Ward as the new Mayor of Farnham and Cllr Mike Hodge as the Deputy Mayor of Farnham. Cllr Carole Cockburn has been elected as the Leader of the Council.
Have you ever wondered where all the plants and flowers come from for Farnham in Bloom? Well, all will be revealed on Wednesday 18 May when we hold our annual greenhouse open day. Come along to see behind the scenes of Farnham’s hothouse and join us for light refreshments.
On Sunday 29 May, our brand new spring festival, will be launched with support from Trueman & Grundy and Anytime Fitness. The event will celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, and will be an opportunity to learn street dance, sing with the Rock Choir or to enjoy the live music and stalls.
This May half term you will find there is plenty to do around Farnham. From the new "Spring Festival" and Blooming Art workshops to kids' activity Thursdays and exploring the great outdoors.
Rowledge will also be holding its traditional spring fayre on Bank Holiday Monday.
There is still plenty of time to enter Farnham’s Secret Gardens competition. We have categories for all levels of gardening including the best hanging basket, shop front and small or large garden. The competition is held as part of Farnham in Bloom, which is sponsored by BBS Ltd. The competition is open to gardeners who live in Farnham.
If you are planning to walk through Gostrey Meadow sometime soon, take a few minutes to have a look at our new commemorative flower bed. The circular bed has been planted to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Squire’s Garden Centre and includes the favourite flowers of Sarah Squire who is Squire’s Deputy Chairman and gold sponsor of Farnham in Bloom.
To celebrate Armed Forces’ Day, we will hold a short flag-raising ceremony on Monday 20 June. The event will take place at 10am at the flag pole near the war memorial in Gostrey Meadow. Everybody is welcome to attend.
German orchestra comes to Farnham
Twenty-five years of twinning between Farnham and Andernach will be celebrated on Friday 27 May when the prize-winning ‘Stadtorchester Andernach’ performs a concert of popular music at the Farnham Maltings. Music will include the Suite from the opera Aida, the soundtrack from Out of Africa and the jazz piece A night in Tunisia.
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