Farnham Town Council staff and councillors have been busy, working with local volunteers and businesses with a spring clean and litter picks. We really appreciate all the effort put in by volunteers. You are welcome to attend the Annual Town Meeting of electors on Thursday evening where the Council will report back on what it has been doing. If you cannot attend, please contact us if you would like more information, or come and meet councillors at the information tents at the Farmers’ Market or another of our free events very soon.
Annual town meeting
Do you want to know what Farnham Town Council has been doing over the past year and how it has been spending taxpayers’ money? If you would like answers to these, or any other question about Farnham then please come along to the Annual Town meeting this Thursday. .
We have seven exciting competitions for schools that want to get involved in this year’s Farnham in Bloom. We will provide all plants, seeds and hanging baskets and in return we are looking for the most imaginative scarecrow, the tallest sunflower and the tastiest upside down tomato. Find out how to enter.
On Tuesday 29 March we will be making repairs to the paving around the war memorial in Gostrey Meadow. While the work is taking place, there will be no access to the area for safety reasons and a pedestrian diversion will be in place along Abbey Street or Union Road. The alternative route will be clearly signposted. The work is likely to take around two weeks to complete.
Easter is traditionally the start of the gardening season and also marks the launch of our Secret Gardens competition. Anybody can enter, as the competition covers gardening on all scales. Could you be one of this year’s winners?
On Thursday 21 April beacons will be lit throughout the UK to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday. Farnham will be taking part in the celebrations and will be sending loyal greetings to Her Majesty.
If you happen to be in town, listen out for the Town Crier doing a shout. The Mayor of Farnham will also be planting a commemorative tree.
After a long and chilly winter, it is time to bring some Italian sunshine into your life. On Friday 22 April, the Italian market will return to Castle Street. Although we cannot guarantee the sunshine, we can promise sundried tomatoes, sun kissed olives grown in warm Italian olive groves and tasty cheese and pasta.
Commemorating the centenary of the first two-minute silence
At 11am on 10 May 1916, 2,000 people gathered at the bottom of Castle Street for what is most certainly the first ever two-minute silence to be held in memory of those who had fallen in the war. To mark the centenary of the act that is still observed by millions of people, a special event will be staged in Castle Street on 1 May 2016. This will be followed by a tea party in Gostrey Meadow.
We have made the outside space at Wrecclesham Community Centre safer for children by carrying out repairs to the perimeter fence. The Centre is a hive of activity and runs a variety of classes and activities for local people. It can also be hired for parties and other events.
We have been sprucing up the footpaths in our cemeteries. This has involved breaking up the existing path and creating a new level surface for the tarmac. We have also installed new path edging. This is a part of programme of work aimed at making the cemeteries more accessible.
When we were approached by a local resident who wanted to enhance a small corner of Farnham, we jumped at the chance to get involved. Jane Marley who lives just outside the town centre, wanted to donate a tree that could be planted on a grassy area near where she lives. We were happy to advise on a suitable species of tree and dug the hole.
If you have an idea for improving an area of Farnham please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.