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FNP Procedural Meeting Review Decision


The Examiner has decided that the changes to the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan Review (Modification Proposal) are so significant or substantial as to change the nature of the neighbourhood development plan which the draft would replace. In his letter dated 21 June 2019 he has stated


(i) my determination under paragraph 10(1) of Schedule A2 is that the modifications contained in the draft Plan constitute material modifications which do change the nature of the Plan and, if to proceed, would require an examination and a referendum;’

Visit to Copped Hall

Copped Hall

Our second full day visit for the 2019 season was on Thursday June 2019, to Greensted Church and Copped Hall, both near Epping.


St Andrews Church Greensted is the oldest wooden church in the world and probably the oldest wooden building still standing in Europe. A few timbers in the nave remain from the original Saxon structure. These have been dated to between 998 and 1063. Many changes have been made to the church over the years but worship has continued here for 1300 years. A guided tour of this lovely old church told us more of its history.

The visit to Copped Hall gave us a chance to see restoration in progress. Copped Hall is a Palladian mansion of 1753-8, burnt in 1917 and asset stripped in 1950. From 1986 to 1995 a prolonged campaign was fought to save the mansion and its Conservation Area from repeated large-scale development proposals. Architect Alan Cox, who was very involved in the campaign, raised the finance to enable the specially formed Copped Hall Trust to acquire the freehold of the hall and gardens in 1995. The visit showed how the hall and gardens are being brought back from extreme dereliction. It proved to be a fascinating tour.


Heritage Open Days 2019

HODS logo 2019

This year Farnham’s Heritage Open Days will run over two consecutive weekends in September, Saturday 14 – Sunday 15, and Thursday 19 – Sunday 22.

Our theme this year is People Power. We will commemorate some of the famous sons, daughters and residents of Fanham who have made an impact locally or nationally. And we will celebrate what has been achieved by the people of Farnham at grass roots level. For example, this is the 50th anniversary of Farnham Matlings, saved from demoliltion by local action, now a successful arts, culture and community centre.

Click here for our brochure, with a full list of venues and events.


Here is a full list of HODS activities in and around Farnham. For further information click on the entry below.



Coxbridge Farm

Museum of Farnham, 38 West Street, Willmer House

Guitar Village, 80-81 West Street

Caffe Piccolo, 84 West Street

Farnham Library, 28 West Street, Vernon House

Graham & Co Jewellers, 20A West Street

Goldsmiths Jewellers, Lion and Lamb House, 113 West Street


Craft Study Centre


Farnham Castle, Keep and Deer Park

Masonic Centre

Zizzi’s, 68 Castle Street

10 Castle Street    - New this year

29 Castle Street


Ruby La La    - New this year


The Victoria Garden, Brightwell Road

Farnham Council Offices


The Old Court House


Farnham Maltings, Red Lion Lane


The Old Vicarage, Vicarage Lane, off Lower Church Lane

St Andrew’s Parish Church, Middle Church Lane

St Andrew’s Infant School, Upper Church Lane

Hone’s Yard, Downing Street, next to Hone’s Greengrocers           

New Ashgate Gallery, Lower Church Lane, entrance from Waggon Yard car park

Ivy House              



Badshot Lea Village Hall


South Farnham Infants School  – previously The Bourne School


Old Yew Tree Cottage


Moor Park House, Moor Park Lane (off Moor Park Way), GU10 1FE

Waverley Abbey House, Waverley Lane, GU9 8EP


Ellel Pierrepont, Frensham GU10 3DL (off A287 in Frensham) 

Museum of Rural Life


Architectural Walk in Castle Street

Farnham’s Industrial Past

Farnham’s WWII Defences

History and Heritage of Farnham Park

Rise and Fall of Waverley Abbey

St Andrew’s Church tour

The Bourne – Change in the Village

Trees in Farnham Park

Walk to Waverley


Farnham’s Finest

The Architecture of Castle Street


Tolpuddle Martyrs

Farnham Green

History of the Parish of Rowledge






Agenda for 2019 AGM

The Farnham Society

72nd Annual General Meeting

Friday 14 June 2019

St Joan’s Centre, Tilford Road GU9 8DJ

7.30 pm

complimentary drinks from 6.45pm

AGM Agenda

Guest Speaker Colin Channon

Editorial Manager, The Farnham Herald


The Farnham Society Annual General Meeting

1. Apologies for absence.

2. Minutes of the 71st Annual General Meeting held on 25 May 2018

3. Chairman’s report

4. (i) Adoption of draft accounts for financial year ending 31 March 2019

(ii) Confirmation of Inspector of Accounts

5. Committee reports

6. Election / re-election of Honorary Officers

7. Election / re-election of Committee Members

8. Any other business

Questions from the floor

Click below for reports and other items

Chairman’s report

Treasurer’s report

Draft financial statement

Air  Quality report

Planning report

HODS report

Talks report

Visits report

Election of committee

AGM 2019

Our 2019 Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 14 June at St Joan’s Centre, Tilford Road, Farnham, GU9 8DJ

7:30 for 8:00

Colin Channon, Editorial Editor of The Farnham Herald, will be our guest speaker.

Reports on our activities during the year will be added to this post.

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Evening talk : The Rise and Fall of English Switzerland

May 2019 talk poster

Hindhead was once known as a barren and dangerous place, a haunt of highwaymen.

Dr Marion Dell described how, from about 1875, that reputation changed. It became a bohemian retreat known as “The English Switzerland” which attracted writers, scientists, artists and other eminent Victorians. Some notable people who came to live here, included Alfred Lord Tennyson, Arthur Conan Doyle, Flora Thompson, George Bernard Shaw and Grant Allan. But it soon became a victim of its own success, and by the end of the century, its increasing popularity began to cause its downfall.

Monday 1st April at St Joan’s Centre, Farnham

Visit to Layer Marney

Layer Marney website

Our first full day visit for the 2019 season was on Wednesday 22nd May 2019, to Layer Marney Tower and Cressing Temple Barns, near Colchester.


We first visited Cressing Temple, itself steeped in history dating back to the 12th century when it was given to the Knights Templar. It is home to three Grade 1 listed barns as well as Tudor built walled gardens. The oldest, the Barley Barn, was constructed sometime between1205 and 1235. The Wheat Barn was constructed about fifty years later and the Granary Barn is early 16th century. There was a Tudor Mansion formerly on the site but all that remains now are the Tudor, brick built, walled gardens now fully restored to their former glory.

We moved on to Layer Marney Tower for an inclusive ploughman’s lunch and cake!

Layer Marney is a Grade 1 Tudor house. Henry, first Lord Marney, was Henry VIII’s Lord Privy Seal. He planned a palace to rival Hampton Court, but he died in 1523 and two years later work stopped, with only one range of the building completed. The gatehouse is now in private hands and is only open to the public by special arrangement. After lunch we will be given a guided tour of the house and the church which was altered to match the house.

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Evening Talk: Simon de Montfort


Talk by Dr Sophie Therese Ambler

Simon de Montfort, England’s First Revolution and the Death of Chivalry, 1258-1265

Monday 1st April refreshments 7.30 for 8.00pm start

At St Joan’s Centre, Farnham GU9 8DJ. Tickets on entry £4 members, £6 non members.

Farnham and its surrounds were at the heart of the first English revolution: it was an attack on the church of Shere, and the dragging of captives to Farnham Castle, that provoked Montfort and his allies to take action in 1258.  Seizing power from the king, Simon de Montfort ruled England at the head of a revolutionary government, until he and his followers were cut down in the greatest noble slaughter since 1066.

Dr Sophie Thérèse Ambler is Lecturer in Later Medieval History at Lancaster University and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Her new book, The Song of Simon de Montfort: England’s First Revolutionary and the Death of Chivalry, will be published by Picador on 30 May 2019.

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