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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.

Best wishes

Iain Lynch
Town Clerk

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.
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Greenhouse open day

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.
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War Memorial improvements

We have made some improvements to the paved area around the town centre war memorial in Gostrey Meadow.

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New event - Spring Festival

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.

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May half term activities

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.


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Reveal your secret garden

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.
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Check out Sarah’s favourites

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.


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Raising the flag for our servicemen and women

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.
See our events calendar for ticket information.

Join our team

Farnham Town Council is looking to recruit an Assistant Town Clerk and Business Operations Officer. Can you help us to make Farnham a better place in which to live, work or to visit?
See our website for more information.
Special offer

Available at the Mercure Farnham Bush Hotel until 8 July 2016
Special day delegate rate of £35 pp
24 hour residential rate from £139 pp minimum 10 delegates per meeting
• Half a bottle of house wine or
• A trip to the Hogs Back Brewery for a beer tasting

Contact Sue and Diane or call 01252 715237 quoting “Spring Offer”


Dates for your diary

Farnham has a reputation for being a vibrant town where there is always something going on. This year is no exception so make a note of what’s coming up.

Farmer's market

Saturday 14, 10am-12.30pm

Repair Cafe

Farnham's Repair Cafe brings skilled volunteers together to offer free repairs to people with broken items that they might otherwise throw.
Farnhams' Market

Sunday 22 May, 10am-1.30pm

Farnham Farmers’ Market

The Farmers’ Market is the perfect place to pick up fresh, local produce. The market is held in Central car park, every fourth Sunday of the month.
Rowledge Village Fayre copyright Hedgehogs

Monday 30 May, 12-4pm
Rowledge Village Fayre

A traditional village fair held each Spring Bank Holiday on the recreation ground in Rowledge.
Waverley Abbey House

Sunday 5 June, 10am-4pm

 Open day Waverley Abbey House
This is a rare opportunity to wander the rooms and enjoy the stunning setting of Waverley Abbey House, a grade II* listed mansion in Farnham.
Rowledge Village Fayre copyright Hedgehogs

Sunday 5 June,3-5pm
Music in the Meadow

The first in our free summer concerts sponsored by Savills. With music from Farnham Brass Band. Tea tent run by 3rd Farnham Scouts
Waverley Abbey House

Saturday 11 June- 23 July

New Ashgate celebrates 50 years
Celebrating the Past, Inspiring the Future
Exhibition with new, present and old gallery favourites
UCA logo

Wednesday 22 June 19 July 2016 , 10am-4pm

UCA Summer Schools
Residential and non-residential activity covering a range of art and design disciplines. (Suitable for years10-12). Apply by May 13th.
Farnham Carnival

Saturday 25 June, 1.30-7.30pm

Farnham Carnival
Organised by the Farnham Lions and Hedgehogs, enjoy this annual spectacular. The 50 float procession parades through the town centre. The theme in 2016 is superheroes and fairy tales.
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