Coffee Mornings

Monksfield charity coffee morning


On Saturday 18 July the gardens at Monksfield (near Tilford) were opened to Farnham Society members and their friends, as a fund raising event for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.


Monksfield House dates from the 1930s    In the grounds, an older cottage and a walled garden date from around 1890. The 10.5 acre garden has been restored by the current owners, Mark and Kerry Reynolds, during the last seven years, to return it from horse paddocks back to parkland style grounds. It is home to an extensive range of trees and shrubs, some of which date from the late Victorian period, others from the time the present house was built, and some have been planted by the current owners. Additional features include

WWF’s Hampton Court Show ‘stream’ garden (reinstalled here)

Formal garden with sculptures to the south of the house.

Victorian walled garden, now planted as an orchard and bee haven.

300ft long formal border.

Cottage garden.

Woodland with trail.

1/2 acre wildlife pond.

New vegetable garden with greenhouse


The event raised over £800 in aid of the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.

The gardens are open to the general public on a few days of the year under the National Gardens Scheme.

Coffee Mornings

Priorsfield School coffee morning

Priorsfield School coffee morning

COFFEE MORNINGS   The Farnham Society holds two coffee mornings each year in venues in and around Farnham that are not usually open to the public.   These are only for members so are not advertised on this site.   If you are a Society member, you will be sent a programme card with the spring newsletter, which lists all social events for the year, including coffee mornings.   Venues we have visited in the past:

The Great Barn at Wanborough, built by the Cistercian monks of Waverley Abbey in 1388.   There we saw displays covering local history and visited St Bartholomew’s church, rebuilt in the 13th century and restored in 1861

Wanborough Barn
Wanborough Barn


Frensham Mill, the home of Roger and Kate Holmes, with an illustrated talk about the Mill and the use of water power to generate electricity to the house. Frensham Mill ready

The intriguing Old Farm House in Elstead by kind invitation of Hilary and Richard Grey, who spoke on the history of the house and the surrounding area .

old farmhouse ready