Our Next Talk


Wednesday 7 March – St Joan’s Centre. Keith Betton – Return of the Red Kite. Keith is County Recorder for birds in Hampshire and a council member of RSPB. He tells the story of the remarkable resurgence of this spectacular bird from near extinction in this country, illustrated by some of the most spectacular bird photography I have ever seen.

St Joan’s Centre, Tilford Road. 7:30 for 8:00

Members:            £3

Non members   £6

Students              £1.50

Enquiries: 01252 702449

Farnham model



The model of East Street Brightwells displayed at the Farnham Carnival and at the Bourne Show has been extensively enlarged and upgraded. The Stedman Blower Foundation have widened the area of the model to extend from the Lion and Lamb Yard in the west to the Riverside Industrial Estate in the east, and from the north side of Woolmead Road to the Borelli Walk to the south.  The model was displayed in the Long Kiln Room at the Maltings during the HODS festival in September, then at the Christmas Market in December.

The model will be displayed again at 40 Degreez, on 17 February.


Our 2017 – 2018 lecture programme

Coming soon

Wednesday 7 March – St Joan’s centre

Keith Betton – Return of the Red Kite.


Wednesday 4 April,  -  St Joan’s Centre

Dr Diana Devlin – Rebuilding Shakespeare’s Globe


Wednesday 26 September – St Thomas on the Bourne

Dr Claire Harman, biographer

Friday 19 October – Farham Maltings, Great Hall

Prof. Sophie Scott, neurologist and Duncan Wisbey, actor/impressionist – Speech and the Brain.

Prof Sophie Scott is giving the 2017 Christmas lectures at The Royal institution, titled ‘The language of life’, exploring how humans developed language, how laughter links us to our animal last, and the subtle cues we send out through facial expression, tone of voice and even smell.

Wednesday 14 November – St Thomas on the Bourne

Joanne Watson, retired BBC Sports Producer – title to be confirmed

The Farnham Society’s Architecture and Design Awards

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There will be a presentation of The Farnham Society’s biennial Architecture and Design Awards (formerly known as Amenity Awards) in 2018. Date to be announced

Winners of the 2015 Awards were Daniel Hall, the Farnham Pottery, The Forge in Upper Church Lane and Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe.

The finalists for this year’s new Architecture & Design Awards are:

New Shortheath Road bus waiting room

Garage and workshop, Lawday Farm

Heron Court, Ford Lane

Medici Centre, Weydon School

Hawthorn Lodge, Long Bridge

Houses at Bourne Mill, Guildford Road

Oast House, 10 Green Lane

Residential development at 60/61 West Street

The purpose of the Awards is to encourage and stimulate architects, developers and contractors to undertake the highest level of design and workmanship in new buildings, and in preserving and improving existing ones.

Nominations were for a contemporary new build, or an improvement /modernisation, which should be sympathetic to the existing building and integrate well with its surroundings. The judges’ appraisal of the nominated buildings is based on good design for their location, whether they fulfil their purpose and, ideally are environmentally sustainable.

Waverley CIL Consultation

Waverley Borough Council

Waverley Borough Council

Message from Waverley Borough Council

Waverley Borough Council is running a consultation on Community Infrastructure Levy.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a levy that councils can choose to charge on new developments to raise funds to provide infrastructure. The money raised could be used towards improvements to roads, schools, parks, playgrounds and other community facilities.

Earlier this year, as part of the preparation for the introduction of CIL, the Council consulted on a Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule, which set out a proposal for the developments that would be liable to pay CIL, and what the proposed charge would be. The Council has considered the responses made and updated its evidence base accordingly.

A consultation on the next version, the CIL Draft Charging Schedule, is running for a six week period from 15 December 2017 to11.59pm on 26 January 2018. Full details of how to get involved in this consultation are available on the website atwww.waverley.gov.uk/CIL

You will be able to comment online, by email to planningpolicy@waverley.gov.uk  (preferably using the response form) or in writing to: CIL consultation, Planning Policy, Planning Services, Waverley Borough Council, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR.

During the consultation you will also be able to view copies of the Draft Charging Schedule and other supporting documents at the Waverley Borough Council Offices in Godalming and at the locality offices and public libraries within the Borough.

Please note that representations will be publicly available and cannot be treated as confidential, although address, telephone and email details will not be published.

For further information, please contact the Planning Policy team by email at planningpolicy@waverley.gov.uk or by telephone at 01483 523291.

Local Plan Pt1 Wednesday Update

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Waverley continue to load responses on to their website, only respondents names are available at the moment but everyone’s response will be viewable eventually. When the Planning Committee chairman checked on Wednesday 8 November there were in excess of 800 names or organisations listed. Rumour has it there are in excess of 900 responses. You can check to see whether your name is on the list by clicking on this link http://consult.waverley.govuk/consult.ti/LPP1MainMods/listrespondents

He understands that the responses are being printed and dispatched to the Inspector for him to read As soon as we have more information we will post it here.



SCC Recycling Centres


There are many pressures on the use of land in Surrey – this includes the need for new homes and employment. The management of waste is also a pressure and it’s really important that we think carefully about how and where we want waste to be managed in the future.

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If waste is managed well it is a resource that can be used to make things and to produce energy but, if it isn’t, it can impact negatively on our communities and environment.
The Surrey Waste Local Plan will include a strategy and policies to ensure the benefits are maximised, and to minimise any negative impacts from waste management. It helps provide certainty for communities and developers, like waste management companies, about how and where the management of waste can take place. The current plan was adopted in 2008 so work is taking place to review and update it.

Last year SCC consulted on the issues and options and the responses received were used to prepare a draft of a new plan.
Views are now sought on the draft plan, which includes potential sites and policies which will inform how Surrey County Council will make decisions on new waste management facilities between 2018 and 2033. This consultation is the main opportunity for you to influence the contents of the Plan before it is submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination.

Click here for SCC Local Waste Plan

The closing date for comments is 7 February 2018.

Your responses will be used to inform the next stage in preparing the new Surrey Waste Local Plan. A consultation on the next draft of the plan is to be held in 2018.

Financial statement 2015 – 2016

The Farnham Society

Financial Statement for the Year Ended 31st March 2016

Profit and Loss Statement


Incoming Resources

Voluntary Resources

Subscriptions                                                                                5,447

Grants and donations                                                                 10,000

Income tax refund                                                                           763

Activities for generating funds

Income from events                                                                     4,021

Heritage Open days                                                                       715

Investment Income

Charibond dividend received                                                          847

Interest on deposit account                                                                2

Income total                                                                              21,795

Resources Expended

Cost of generating funds

Hire of Halls                                                                                     637

Cost of events                                                                               3,519

Support costs                                                                                2,825

Charitable Activities

Donations and awards                                                                    250

Heritage Open Days                                                                    1,387

East Street Expenses                                                                  3,060

Support costs                                                                                  941

Total Resources Expended                                                  (12,619)

Net (outgoing) resources                                                             9,176

Gains (losses) on investments                                                     (508)

Net movement in funds                                                               8,668

Fund balances at 1 April 2015                                                   29,535

Fund balances at 31 March 2015                                            £38,203

Financial statement 2014 – 2015


The Farnham Society

Financial Statement for the Year Ended 31st March 2015

Profit and Loss Statement


Incoming Resources

Voluntary Resources

Subscriptions                                                                                  5,897

Grants and donations                                                                        250

Income tax refund                                                                              981

Activities for generating funds

Income from events                                                                        3,634

Heritage Open days                                                                          393

Investment Income

Charibond dividend received                                                            912

Interest on deposit account                                                                   2

Income total                                                                                12,069

Resources Expended

Cost of generating funds

Hire of Halls                                                                                    1,057

Lecture fees                                                                                           0

Cost of events                                                                                3,312

Fees and subscriptions                                                                         0

Support costs                                                                                 3,676

Charitable Activities

Fees and subscriptions                                                                         0

Donations and awards                                                                      350

Heritage Open Days                                                                          660

East Street Expenses                                                                     4,521

Support costs                                                                                  1,226

Total Resources Expended                                                      (14,802)

Net (outgoing) resources                                                            ( -2,733)

Gains (losses) on investments                                                          863

Net movement in funds                                                                 (1,870)

Fund balances at 1 April 2014                                                      31,405

Fund balances at 31 March 2015                                                £29,535


Appeal Update



A decision on the Waverley Lane, Lower Weybourne Lane and Monkton Lane appeals is to be made by The Secretary of State’s (SoS) office.  The decision, expected in November 2017, was postponed in the light of legal proceedings.

In December 2016, a Written Ministerial Statement (WMS) was issued by the Minister for Housing, which supported the use Neighbourhood Plans in determining housing supply. This statement was challenged by a group of developers, and went to Judicial Review (JR). The challenge has now been dismissed, so the WMS stands.

The SoS decision on the three planning appeals will now be postponed until the inspection of the Waverley Local Plan has been completed. the decision is not now expected until 15 March 2018.

Diary for 2017 – 2018

Further details of all events will be published nearer the date.

Thursday 7 December 2017

Illustrated talk: The Journey of the Magi

by The Rt Revd Christopher Herbert

Friday 19 January 2018

Illustrated talk: The Lady with the Lamp – the Florence Nightingale Story

by Major Paul Whittle (Retd) TD