Summer is an exciting time in Farnham. There is something happening every weekend whether it be a carnival, fete, bike ride or Music in the Meadow. Many of the events are free and suitable for enjoying with the family and friends.
We are about to sign off the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan after huge contributions from all parts of Farnham, which will shape the growth of Farnham over the next 15 years.
Last Thursday we were delighted to welcome the judges from South and South East in Bloom. They spent two hours on a tightly planned route taking in the highlights of our entry into the Town Centre category. En route, they were treated to a glimpse of a dance performance by 150 children from The Dance Movement. The Mayor and Mayoress of Farnham were delighted to see the children perform which added a new dimension for the judges. We are very grateful for the contribution our army of volunteers puts in to make Farnham special.
The Italian market will make a welcome return to Castle Street today, Friday 15 July between 9am and 4pm.
Farnham’s allotment holders will exhibit the best of their horticultural efforts at the annual allotment show on Saturday 16 July from 1.30-5pm. The show will be held in the Cellar Bar at the Farnham Maltings.
Farnham Town Council will on Thursday 21 July consider the final version of its Neighbourhood Plan before submitting it to Waverley Borough Council. The Plan is key to protecting the character and heritage of Farnham for the next 15 years. The Council meeting will be looking at final minor changes in response to the formal consultation phase. This is the last step in a three year plus process which has already taken on board the views of community groups, individuals and businesses from across Farnham.
Judging has taken place of Farnham’s entry into the Town Centre category of Farnham in Bloom. The judges will be back on 21 July and 2 August to assess the Large town category and the entry into Britain in Bloom. Find out more about the projects and initiatives that have been taking place to help Farnham bloom.
This summer you will find there is plenty to do and enjoy around Farnham. From the top local attractions, the Big Friendly Read challenge and craft workshops to kids' activity Thursdays and exploring the great outdoors.
A commemorative flower bed has been planted in Gostrey Meadow to celebrate HM The Queen’s 90th birthday. A mix of alpines has been planted in the shape of a crown and house leeks have been used to spell out ‘Happy Birthday’. The 3m by 3m bed can be seen near the war memorial.
Every year we award over £50,000 in Community Grants. We have recently presented cheques to Farnham Brass Band, The Dance Movement, Creative Response and Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care. Find out how to apply for a 2017/18 community grant.
Newly planted flower beds in the area around Farnham railway station are providing a welcoming site to visitors and commuters thanks to Farnham in Bloom. The area has been transformed with French lavender, canna lilies and pelargoniums. The work was carried out by staff from local garden designers and landscapers, Graduate Landscapes, a Gold sponsor of Farnham in Bloom.
A Farnham grot spot has been transformed thanks to the joint efforts of the community.
Representatives from Post 19, Heath End Community Gardeners, the Farnham in Bloom Community Group and Farnham Town Council worked hard to clear an overgrown raised flower bed and seating area in East Street. Once cleared it was replanted with a mix of seasonal bedding plants and shrubs for year-round interest.
Heritage Open Days are a national scheme in which buildings of interest are opened free of charge to the public, Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 September. Farnham's success is thanks to a small and dedicated team of organisers. Pop into the Farnham Town Council office for your copy of all there is to see and do this September.