There’s lots to celebrate in Farnham this week. On Wednesday, we attended the presentation of this year’s South and South East in Bloom and were delighted to see the Farnham community winning a total of 11 awards. This is a magnificent result and we are very proud of everyone who works very hard to make Farnham a better place for all – thank you.
Farnham’s annual Feast of Food celebration is well underway and is enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors from far and wide. This year’s event is sponsored by Shield Security Services Limited and aims to promote the many food-related businesses based in and around the town and to support the local economy.
We are now in week one of Foodie Fortnight and hope that some of you are managing to enjoy the eating experiences being offered by a select number of food venues in Farnham. The two-week long event will draw to a close next weekend with the Food Festival on Saturday 24 September and the Farmers’ Market on Sunday 25 September.
I do hope you will find this latest newsletter informative. If you have any ideas for future editions, please do let me know.
With all good wishes
11 In Bloom awards
The hard work and dedication of the Farnham in Bloom community has been rewarded with 11 awards including Gold and best in category in the South East for both the Town Centre and Large Town. Awards also went to the Victoria Garden team (Outstanding), Heath End Gardeners (Advancing), Gostrey Meadow (Gold) and Badshot Lea Cemetery (Silver Gilt) with the Bishop’s Meadow Trust winning the ultimate Chairman’s Award. Farnham’s magnificent success received further recognition when Farnham in Bloom received the County Award for Surrey. This is the first time Farnham has won this award against all other Surrey entrants.
Congratulations to Farnham's Golden Girl, Rachel Morris
Farnham Town Council is proud to extend its congratulations to Rachel Morris for achieving gold again in the shoulders single sculls, bringing her paralympic medal tally to three, adding to the hand-cycling Gold she won at Beijing in 2008 and Bronze at London 2012. She is a real inspiration to us all. Photo credit - Rachel Morris
Farnham’s Feast of Food sponsored by Shield Security Services Ltd
Restaurants around Farnham are serving up a variety of culinary treats during the Feast of Food. As well as enjoying a delicious meal, find out about special food-themed shopping experiences and opportunities to watch and learn from food and drink experts.
Food lovers are in for a treat on Saturday 24 September. Castle Street will be transformed into a traffic-free plaza with over 100 food-related stalls. The day promises to be lively and fun with food demonstrations, talks, live music and family entertainment.
Castle Street will be closed for the duration of the Food Festival on 24 September from the junction with The Borough up to the junction with Park Row. Traffic diversions will be in place and all town centre car parks will be open. Residents with a Zone A parking permit are requested to park overnight in Upper Hart car park from 6.30pm on Friday to 8am on Monday as Castle Street will become a ‘tow away’ zone from 5am Saturday morning until 8pm.
Following the resignation of Cllr Paddy Blagden a by-election was held last month. David Beaman was elected to represent Castle ward.
We are looking for a Horticultural and Grounds Operative to join our team. If you like working outside and would like to be part of the team that keeps Farnham looking great, this job could be for you.
Thank you to everybody who took part in this year’s Secret Garden competition. The standard of entry was high and the judges were very impressed. The winners have now been announced and will be invited to the Farnham in Bloom awards' presentation on 13 October.
At the end of July, Farnham Town Councillors agreed the final draft of the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan and submitted it to Waverley Borough Council.
This triggered a six-week consultation which will end on 3 October. The Plan can be viewed at Farnham Town Council, Farnham Library or at Waverley’s offices in Godalming. It can also be seen and commented upon online.
We are now taking bookings for our Bloomin’ Kids’ workshop which will be held on 27 October, as part of Farnham in Bloom.
The workshop is free and will take place undercover in the greenhouses at West Street allotments. Children will be able to plant spring flowering bulbs and winter containers.
Do you know an area that would benefit from a litter pick? As part of this autumn’s Big Pick week, we are looking for volunteers to organise a litter-picking party to clear up an area in Farnham.
The Big Pick will take place between 15 and 22 October. To register, contact Lara Prior.
Tickets go on sale for town’s Venison Dinner
This year’s Venison Dinner will be held at Farnham Castle on Thursday 10 November. Guests will experience and enjoy many original customs at the three-course dinner, which will include after-dinner speeches by the Lord Lieutenant Michael More-Molyneux, the Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro, Sarah Squire of Squire's Garden Centre and the Bishop of Guildford the Rt Revd Andrew Wilson.
Tickets cost £60. To book, please call Pat Frost on 01252 728663 or Farnham Town Council on 01252 712667.
Ideas for half term
There is so much happening in Farnham this half term. Check out our Events calendar for things to do.
Each October, Farnham hosts a celebration of craft with events taking place throughout the town. This is your chance to see makers in action, take a craft walk, get making or buy work from local designer makers. Take a look at the events listings to see what is happening this year including the festival of craft.