Norfolk tour 2017

Walsingham Priory

Walsingham Priory

Farnham Society Norfolk tour, 15 – 18 September 2017

Building on the success of tours in previous years, our 2017 tour comprised four days in Norfolk.

We were privileged to have a private visit to the home of Sir Antony Gormley, the renowned sculptor and creator of such works as Angel of the North – which we had seen on our 2013 Northumbria visit. Sir Antony spoke of the evolution of sculpture from classical times to the modern day. Classical and Renaissance works were based upon biblical and mythological events, for example the sculptures in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence. Nowadays, following the Age of Enlightment and the Industrial Revolution, people find themselves living in a much changed world, and contemporary sculpture is inspired more by the uncertainties which characterise the modern age.


Works by Sir Antony treat the human body as a space, rather than depicting movement or representing an event. We also saw something of the task of bringing a concept to its final physical form. A work would start as a model in clay, cardboard or polystyrene. The finished item, typically a large metal figure weighing several tons and displayed outdoors, required modern manufacturing techniques.

The theme of sculpture continued with a visit to Houghton Hall. The house is currently host to a temporary exhibition by the sculptor Richard Long, as well as being home to a number of permanent sculptures.

Water Flame sculpture

 The present house was built in the 18th century by Robert Walpole, the first British Prime Minister. His son Horace, the novelist, later created Strawberry Hill, in Twickenham – which The Farnham Society has also visited.

We visited two sites with a religious heritage. The first was Ely Cathedral, dominating the surrounding fenlands from its elevated position on the Isle of Ely. Beside the Cathedral are extensive former monastic buildings, now retained mostly as official residences.

Monastic bujildings at Ely
Monastic bujildings at Ely

The second was Walsingham, a major site of pilgrimage in the middle ages, up to the dissolution of the Priory under Henry VIII. Pilgrimage was revived at the end of the 19th century, with the development of two shrines. The Catholic shrine is centred around a restored medieval chapel, the adjacent 20th century chapel emulating the form of a barn. The Anglican shrine sits in the village centre, surrounded by houses from medieval and Georgian periods.

Felbrigg Hall, a national Trust property, is a very different house to Houghton. Much smaller, it was Jacobean in origins though much altered in 18th century. A family home until the mid 20th century, it still has a feeling of being lived in.

Our final day offered something less ‘serious’. A visit to Bressingham gave the opportunity to explore the magnificent gardens developed by four generations of the Bloom family. We were able to enjoy rides on the train and carousel in Alan Bloom’s collection of steam engines and railway carriages.

Bressingham steam collection
Bressingham steam collection

The exhibition also featured some of the sets and vehicles from the BBC series Dad’s Army, filmed nearby.

Heritage Open Days 2017

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Heritage Open Days 2017 ran from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September.

Our theme this year was Changing Faces – Buildings Then and Now. This promoted the town’s outstanding architectural heritage, focussing on how old buildings have been preserved by changing their use to meet modern day needs.

New this year

Several properties were open to visitors for the first time under Heritage Open Days, including:

Adult Learning Centre, a 19th century Gothic style building, which has at times been the Old Grammar School and the Farnham School of Art.

Farnham Vineyard Cburch, one of Farnham’s few Arts and Crafts buildings, orignally a Church Hall for St Andrew’s.

The Giggling Squid, now a restaurant by once the office for a builder’s yard.


Full deails about venues, guided walks and other events appear in our 2017 brochure, which can be obtained at locations throughout Farnham. It is also available online. Click here to view.

HODS programme 2017






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




Chapel of Rest, West Street Cemetery

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

Farnham Adult Learning Centre  -  New this year

Graham & Co Jewellers, 20A West Street

Goldsmiths Jewellers, Lion and Lamb House, 113 West Street


University for the Creative Arts


Farnham Castle, Keep and Deer Park

Zizzi’s, 68 Castle Street

The Giggiling Squid  - New this year


Farnham United Reformed Church

The Victoria Garden, Brightwell Road

Farnham Council Offices


The Old Court House

Farnham Vineyard Church  -  New this year


Farnham Maltings, Red Lion Lane

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


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

Ivy House, Ivy Lane                                                   



Farnham Pottery, Quennells Hill, GU10 4QT (off A325 through Wrecclesham)

Yew Tree Cottage

Partridge House

St Peter’s Church


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

Waverley Abbey House, Waverley Lane, GU9 8EP

Waverley Abbey ruins, off Waverley Lane, GU9 8EP


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



Water Meadow Walk   –  new this year

Architectural Walk in Castle Street

Farnham Park Walk

Farnham Town Centre Tree Walk

Farnham Water Supply Walk

Waverley Abbey Walk


Trees in Farnham

The Architecture of Castle Street


A Gold Embriodery of Dancing Words

Morris Dancers – Saturday

Recrafting Farnham




Farnham Neighbourhood Plan adopted on 28 July

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Waverley Borough Council ‘made’ or adopted the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan on Friday 28 July after a judicial review challenge, mounted by developers, was rejected in a decision handed down on Tuesday 18 July.

In the referendum held on Thursday 4 May 2017, 88% of votes cast were in support of the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan.

WBC has now implemented the Plan as part of its policy.

The Neighbourhood Plan, prepared through consultation with residents and businesses in Farnham over a four year period, provides a vision for Farnham and guides the future growth of the town and its surrounding countryside for the period up to 2031.

There are 32 policies that will support the vision guiding and controlling development within the area covered by the Plan, including sites identified for housing and business development. Page 5 of the Plan has a map showing the designated area.

Since the decision by Mrs Justice Lang, two planning appeals for housing developments at 35 Frensham Vale and Lavender Lane, Rowledge have been dismissed, citing the Plan which is now being given ‘very significant weight’ by planning inspectors.

Click here for a link to the May 2017 Farnham Neighbourhood Plan document,


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Waverley Local Plan update

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The Examination in Public of the Waverley Borough Council Local Plan took place over a six day period, starting on Tuesday 27 June, in the Council Chamber, the Burys, Godalming GU7 1HR.

The Inspector Jonathan Bore did not accept any diversion, cutting off those giving evidence if they wandered off topic. The most significant change is an increase in the number of houses that Waverley Borough Council are required to supply – from 519 to 590 dwellings per annum, including ‘taking’ 50% of Woking’s unmet housing need.

Waverley are now required to submit a bundle of documents clarifying and expanding upon the issues raised during the hearing. The hearing is over but the Examination continues. Waverley will be required to enter a further Public Consultation which is expected to start sometime in August, no date available yet.

Further details can be found on Waverley Borough Council’s website.

Waverley Lane planning inquiry update July 2017

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Waverley Lane, Farnham, Planning Inquiry Update July 2017

The Secretary of State’s office have sought responses to events, cases and information submitted by interested parties since April, including the Waverley Local Plan EiP, judicial review hearing and decision, and court cases decisions related to similar circumstances. The latest date advised by his office by which a decision will be made is 13 September 2017.

Previous website posting below


The Public Inquiry Appeal by Wates Development Ltd against Waverley’s refusal of their planning application for 157 dwellings on the fields in Waverley Lane started on Tuesday 16 August 2016, and the first session lasted until Tuesday 23 August when the hearing was adjourned. The hearing was reconvened on Tuesday 18 October, the second session and hearing closing on Thursday 20 October. Wates withdrew the two supplementary applications but appealed the first and main application which received 1,192 objections.

The appeal was ‘recovered’, the planning term for the Secretary of State (SoS) calling in the final decision, after the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan was found to meet the basic conditions for Neighbourhood Plans on 22 February 2017. With recorded appeals the Inspector makes a recommendation but the SoS’s office will decide whether they will allow the appeal.

On 17 March the SoS’s office informed Waverley and Wates that they had until 31 March 2017 to submit representation to them resulting from the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan being found to meet the conditions and going to referendum on 4 May.

The Inquiry Hearing between 16 August and 23 August was well attended by residents. Thank you if you attended. The Inspector does record residents’ interest in the appeal. Independent Ward Councillor Andy MacLeod participated during the Appeal Hearing particularly on the question of the Five Year Housing Land Supply and the fact that the delivery of houses is by housing developers not Waverley. South Farnham Residents’ Association (SOFRA) questioned several of Wates’ consultants called to provide evidence and the Bourne Conservation Group and Peter Bridgeman gave evidence to support the defence of the Appeal.

SCC Recycling Centres


Surrey County Council is proposing further cuts to the service provided by the Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) known as dumps or tips.

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The planned cuts involve closing all Surrey CRCs on two days a week, permanently shutting four centres (Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking and Warlingham), scrapping the free daily allowance of one bag of non-household rubbish and making anyone visiting the Farnham and Camberley centres prove that they live in Surrey.

In addition, anyone driving a van, trailer or pick-up truck will have to use larger CRCs only.

The council has run a public consultation on the proposals, the closing date was 7 August .

The council says that changes are being proposed in order to save money because of “continued cuts to funding, rising costs and increasing demand for key services” which mean that the council must make savings of more than £100m this year. 

Amenity Awards Nominations

As announced at the Society’s AGM last month, The Farnham Society Planning Committee are seeking nominations for their Amenity Awards 2017.

Previously the nominees for the Awards have been selected by members of the Planning Committee, but this year it was decided to open up the opportunity to Society members and Farnham residents generally.

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.

If you have seen a building you like and feel it deserves an Amenity Award, do let us know.

It can be a contemporary new build, or an improvement/modernisation, in which case it should be sympathetic to the existing building and integrate well with its surroundings. We are looking for buildings which are well designed for their location, which fulfil their purpose and, ideally, are environmentally sustainable.

The building or scheme must be within the Farnham Town Council boundary, completed between June 2015 and August 2017, and be visible from an accessible route.

You can nominate a building or scheme via the from below. The closing date for nominations is Friday 25 August.

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Visit to Heath Robinson Museum and London Museum of Water and Steam

Heath Robinson Museum and West House

Heath Robinson Museum and West House

William Heath Robinson (1872 – 1944) is an artist renowned for his cartoons of weird inventions. The Heath Robinson Museum, which recently moved to a new building in Pinner (north west London) explores this and other sides of his work.

Having trained as an artist, he sought to pursue landscape painting. However the need to earn a living led him to join his brothers Charles and Tom in a book illustration business. His output covered Shakespeare, contemporary writers such as Kipling, and children’s books, extending to high qulaity magzines such as Tatler. The humorous side of his work can be seen, for example in satirising GF Watts.

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The First World War brought shortages which affected the publishing industry, and Heath Robinson focussed on his humorous cartoons, contributing to the war effort with bizarre ideas for battlefield tactics.

The museum opened in 2016, in a new building in Pinner Memorial Park, alongside the Georgian West House. Beyond the park is Pinner village, with 16th century buildings lining the mainstreet, which leads up to the 14th century church at the top.

The afternoon took us to the London Museum fo Water and Steam for a guided tour. The museum is located in the 19th century pumping station at Kew, on the north side of the Thames. The site dates from the 1830s, though its origins go back to the early 19th century and the need to supply water both for the canals and for the population of London.

A section on water supply traced the history back to the 16th century, with the use of wooden water pipes – elm was a favoured material. A water main was formed by boring a hole along the length of a tree trunk – hence the names ‘trunk’ and ‘branch’ for main and secondary service lines. Wooden pipes were superceded by iron piping during the 19th century.

The Kew pumping station housed a number of steam engines, together capable of pumping several million gallons per day. Diesel powered pumps were introduced during the 20th century, though the steam pumps were retained as a backup until WWII. Electric pumps were introduced post war.

Several of the steam engines have been restored.The museum also houses various engines brought in from other sites. One engine is run in steam each weekend – fuel costs prevent more frequent operation. On the day of our visit, it was the turn of the Easton and Amos engine. Built on 1863, it had operated at a waterworks in Northampton until 1930.

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Love and Time’ image courtesy of Heath Robinson Museum.

Minute of 2017 AGM


Minutes of the 70th Annual General Meeting held on

Tuesday 9 May 2017

at South Farnham School, Menin Way, Farnham


Alan Gavaghan                  Chairman

Michael Blower                   Vice-President

John Cattell                        Treasurer

Janet Radley                       Vice-Chairman/Secretary


Simon Bradbury                            Krish Kakkar

 Michael Clements                       John Slater

Gloria Dyche                                   Ian Soden

David Howell                                   Roger Steel

Approximately 75 members of the Society attended.

A scale model of the proposed East Street/Brightwells scheme was on display.

The Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming members to the Society’s 70th AGM and thanked them for attending. Mayor John Ward, attending with his wife Gillian, was invited to speak.

Cllr. Ward said he was delighted to be at the AGM and expressed personal appreciation, and that of the Council, for the huge support the Society had provided during the past year, particularly for its role in publicising the Neighbourhood Plan. Society members and Resident Association representatives had been instrumental in achieving the referendum’s 88% majority, and such a massive vote in favour of the Plan would reflect on the Inspector’s consideration of Waverley’s Local Plan.

Mr Ward looked forward to being an ordinary member of the Society after an enjoyable mayoral year.


The Chairman announced that Sir Ray Tindle, the Society’s President, was unable to attend. Other apologies received:

Committee members: David Berry, Erica Wilkinson

Members: Diane Bradbury, Jeff Powell, Zofia Lovell, Jon Curtis, Ron & Rosemary Mansfield, Peter Bridgeman, Sam Osmond, Brian & Janet Martin, Roger & Jan Bradley, Sue Farrow, Tempe & Robert Mansfield, Brian & Judith Hunt, Penny & David Seal, Hans du Moulin, David Beaman


The Minutes had been circulated and were approved and signed.

No matters arising.


The Chairman’s report had been published on the website and distributed at the meeting.

Referring to the model of the proposed East Street development on display the Chairman said it indicated the problems facing Farnham, and expressed gratitude to the five claimants in the bid for a judicial review – David Wylde, Celia and Richard Sandars, Andy MacLeod and John Williamson – the latter two Farnham and Waverley Councillors. They had ventured into unknown territory, vindicated by the generous response from Farnham residents to an appeal for funds. David Wylde was asked to convey renewed thanks to the anonymous donor who gave £50,000

In turn, Celia Sandars said The Farnham Society and the whole community were owed a great debt of thanks for their wonderful support.

The Chairman then outlined what had led to the current situation. Because of Waverley’s challenge re the legal status of the claimants it was decided to opt for a one day preliminary hearing before proceeding to a judicial review. Given that in the Silver Hill, Winchester case a single self-financed Councillor was successful it seemed that with five ratepayers, two of them local councillors, it was safe ground.

Following the disappointing judgment, ruling against the claimants and precluding an opportunity to raise the substantive issues, legal advice on further action was sought, which was that an appeal was unlikely to succeed. The inevitability of accepting the situation and paying Waverley’s costs resulted in reluctant agreement to settle for £58,000.

The Judicial Review Group (formerly Farnham Interest Group) felt they had done their best in difficult circumstances. Advice had been given free by a professional fundraiser, and a great deal of effort was involved in printing and distributing brochures. £139,116 was raised (plus interest) – sufficient to fight the initial legal battle. Total expenditure was £98,534 including the £58,000 for Waverley’s costs. Crest Nicholson stated they would not pursue costs

After exploring other options It was considered from the outset that to work most effectively the Society should act as bankers and subsequently, following the judgement, as trustees for the residual funds of £40,616. This was ring-fenced and managed totally separately from the Society’s other accounts. Once it is established that all financial liabilities are discharged fully refunds would be made pro rata to those who subscribed, as stated initially in the campaign.

Referring to Surrey County Council’s proposed investment of £30 million in the commercial element of East Street the Chairman expressed grave concern that, given their dismal track record of commercial investment, this would be a financial and social disaster

One positive outcome was that the recent election of two independent Councillors had effectively demonstrated a vote against East Street. Reviewing the past year the Chairman felt that the Society had made every possible effort to preserve the quality of life in Farnham and gave his assurance that the fight would continue.

In his written report the Chairman expressed thanks to the Committee for their efforts in achieving the Society’s many targets. Gloria Dyche would not be seeking re-election and was commended for her support to innumerable Chairmen, past and present. Good wishes and thanks were also offered to David Berry, standing down as Membership Secretary.

ADOPTION OF DRAFT ACCOUNTS for financial year ending 31 March 2017

The draft accounts had been published on the Members’ Area of the Society’s website and distributed at the meeting, and the Treasurer outlined his financial statement, also distributed.

The judicial review campaign figures were included on the main statement for economy of printing but were in fact entirely separate.

The accounts were in draft form and would be inspected within the next few weeks.

Referring to the bequest of £10,000 from a former member, Beryl Mackay, John Cattell said it was the intention to use this for future high profile speakers.

Expenditure was down on last year, the major items being printing and stationery.

Current membership was 464 households, 621 members.

Efforts to promote Gift Aid had resulted in an increased claim from HMRC.

It was confirmed that residual judicial review funds would be returned pro rata to those who gave so generously during the campaign.

Adoption of accounts. proposed: Krish Kakkar seconded: Roger Steel



Roger Smith of Milne Eldridge had agreed to continue as Inspector of Accounts for the current financial year.

Proposed: David Hillbery, seconded: David Brown



All Committee reports had been published on the website and circulated at the meeting

The Chairman thanked David Howell, Chairman of the Planning Committee, and its members for their continued work on planning issues.


David Howell expressed the hope that reports included in the Spring 2017 Newsletter and within the AGM papers provided a comprehensive if concise statuson planning matters.

Thanks were offered to Resident Association representatives and everyone who helped distribute around 12,000 leaflets about the Neighbourhood Plan in just under two weeks, and to those who voted in favour. There had been a 88.17% majority with a 37.5% turnout.

A consortium of three developers challenging the Neighbourhood Plan had withdrawn their application for an injunction to halt the referendum but were proceeding with a judicial review, likely to start on 15 June

Protect Our Waverley had applied for a judicial review on Waverley’s Dunsfold decision, to be heard as soon after 20 June as possible to allow a decision before the Dunsfold public inquiry.

Dates not included in the report:

6 June – 35 Frensham Vale Inquiry

(former application dismissed on appeal on a technicality)

27 June – Local Plan Inquiry

6 July – Lower Weybourne Lane Decision

6 July – Waverley Lane Decision

18 July – Dunsfold Inquiry

Badshot Lea Village. There are growing rumours that an application will be submitted shortly.

Attention was drawn to the nomination form in the AGM pack, also available on the website, for the Society’s 2017 Amenity Awards, and the criteria outlined:

To encourage and stimulate architects, developers and contractors to undertake the highest level of design and workmanship in preserving and improving existing buildings and in new buildings’

Members were encouraged to nominate a completed scheme or building which they thought warranted an award. The deadline for nominations is 25 August.

Images shown on screen were of the 2015 Amenity Award winners, and two schemes the Planning Committee were considering for nomination.

Finally David Howell thanked the Planning Committee for their assistance in the last year


Air Pollution

Roger Steel explained that Farnham is the worst polluted area in the whole of Surrey with figures above the EU danger level. A Sub-Committee had been set up early in 2015 to study and report on air pollution in Farnham, given the lack of remedial action by the local authority. Clinical papers were studied on the effects of air pollution on health (largely from diesel vehicles) The government now accepts a figure of 40 – 50k deaths a year, from other causes but directly related to air pollution

Initial suggestions made to Waverley and DEFRA were followed up and data from the town’s monitoring stations released for 2014. Despite persistent requests, Waverley has refused to make public either the 2015 or the 2016 figures for receptor readings placed at strategic points in Farnham. It was Waverley’s responsibility to monitor the figures and Surrey County Council’s to take action

Q: Celia Sandars

On behalf of the PLACE Group called for action to reduce toxic emissions near schools, asking councils to pursue a campaign to reduce the speed limit in those areas to 20mph

A: Roger Steel

While such a speed restriction would improve road safety, the evidence suggested that pollution increased at that level, not decreased.

Q: Charles Stuart

Had Jeremy Hunt been approached and what was the result.

A: Alan Gavaghan

He had written to DEFRA and the Secretary of State with a copy to Jeremy Hunt who had replied that he would take the matter up with DEFRA on our behalf, but as yet there was no positive outcome. Currently there is no central government edict driving policy, making it difficult for councils to take action.

Patrick Webber

It was appalling that our MP, the Secretary of State for Health, knew that the information which related to health had not been made public and he had not acted for the protection of his constituency residents. It showed an allegiance to the party, not his residents. He disagreed that we should wait until after the election and suggested we confront Jeremy Hunt now.

Q: George Hesse

Could we contact our Waverley Councillors urging them to release information.

A: Roger Steel

We have written to the Executive Director at Waverley to no avail.

Q: Anne Cooper

Has an attempt been made to get data via the Freedom of Information Act

A: Alan Gavaghan

This had been tried but attempts thwarted.

Roger Steel said that as soon as the figures for 2015 are available the committee’s report will be released. The Chairman thanked him and said the Society would continue to keep up the pressure on this important issue


Heritage Open Days

The Chairman expressed his thanks to Sue Farrow and the HODS team for their dedicated work, and to the people who opened up their properties to the public for the HODS weekend, which had become a major event in the year. This year the purchase of radio headsets would aid the programme of guided walks. Thanks were due to Farnham Town Council for their continued financial support of HODS. Members were invited to submit ideas for future venues or activities.



In Diane Bradbury’s absence the Chairman said the balance between visits which were not too physically challenging and those to attract younger members was not easy to achieve.

Attempts had been made to address this but it was increasingly difficult to get sufficient numbers to make some visits viable. Simon Bradbury outlined the visits arranged for this year, details of which were on the Society’s website



The Chairman said that tours, the programme of evening talks and coffee mornings were important in maintaining community spirit. It was hoped to expand the programme of evening talks with some high profile speakers. Ideas for future speakers would be welcome.

A presentation was made to Gloria Dyche, who was standing down having served on the Executive Committee for 20 years.


Chairman: Alan Gavaghan

Proposed: Michael Blower Seconded: Krish Kakkar

Vice-Chairman/Secretary: Janet Radley

Proposed: Alan Gavaghan Seconded: Simon Bradbury

Treasurer: John Cattell

Proposed: Simon Bradbury Seconded: Michael Clements

All re-elections carried


Ian Soden – new committee member.

Proposed: David Howell Seconded: Alan Gavaghan

Re-election of committee members, en bloc

Simon Bradbury, Michael Clements, David Howell, Krish Kakkar, John Slater, Roger Steel, Erica Wilkinson

Proposed: Alan Gavaghan Seconded: Janet Radley



Anne Cooper, Farnham Theatre Association, said that archive material on the Castle and Redgrave Theatres, researched and catalogued by Christopher Reeks and Peter Hunter, was now in temporary storage having formerly been housed at the Museum. Members were asked for suggestions about possible free or low cost permanent storage space.

Q: James Hardy

Did the residual funds from the judicial review campaign necessarily need to be refunded to donors. Many might wish their donation to be retained by the Society

A: Alan Gavaghan

Point taken, but a pro rata refund had been promised in the original request for funding

David Wylde made brief points given a constraint on time:

It was easy to think that the judicial review campaign was now over – it was not.

We need to go on fighting and the recent election result was a statement of opinion on East Street. The scale model will shock people by its sheer scale. There would be four years of construction misery, Waverley could abandon the retail element. Given the values The Farnham Society has, can members be asked to support a continued fight. We would be abrogating our responsibilities to the town if we abandon our efforts now.

John Price made general comments about speeding traffic in Farnham and the relation of planning laws to archaeological considerations.

The Chairman welcomed Jerry Hyman, John Williamson, Andy MacLeod and Stephen Spence who had previously attended a meeting at Waverley

Damian Blower, architect at Stedman Blower gave an on-screen architectural viewpoint on the East Street/Brightwells scheme.

His theme was on how towns are planned – their linear pattern, and how retail development only works if it relates to that linear spine. Streets in English towns need specific destinations and leading people off them is ineffective. Lion & Lamb Yard is a ‘street’, a pivotal building at the end draws the pedestrian in and it leads somewhere. It is a gateway. For all the reasons outlined East Street as a retail space is unworkable.

There is a paradigm shift in technology – this will alter how buildings are used.

Market towns are no longer necessary to provision us, but to excite us, to give a feeling of belonging, of communal life, of our past. They are there to connect us to each other.

Celia Sandars commented on aspects of the scheme and how it mitigated against viability.

Andy MacLeod

The proposed M&S Simply Food Store may prove unviable as there are currently M&S food stores on the A31 bypass, at Alton and on the A287 near Crondall. The cinema will be a second tier supplier/operator owned and operated by a group of entrepreneurs from Leicester with 15 other small cinemas throughout the country. Vue and Odeon pulled out because of the existing provision in the immediate area, Aldershot, Farnborough, Camberley, Guildford and Basingstoke. The view was that the area cannot support another cinema of this size, i.e 700 plus seats, six screens.

Mention was made of Jim Duffy’s letter in the Farnham Herald with observations on how the East Street proposal would affect the town.


The Chairman thanked members for attending and closed the meeting.

Charles Stuart proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman and to the Society



The Farnham Society

 70th Annual General Meeting

  Tuesday 9 May 2017

   main hall, South Farnham School, Menin Way GU9 8DY


complimentary drinks from 7.15pm 

AGM Agenda

1. Apologies for absence.

2. Minutes of the 69th Annual General Meeting held on 3 May 2016

3. Chairman’s report

4. Adoption of draft accounts for financial year ending 31 March 2017

5. Committee reports

6. Election / re-election of Honorary Officers

7. Election / re-election of Committee Members

8. Confirmation of Inspector of Accounts

9. Any other business

Questions from the floor

DAMIEN BLOWER – architect, Stedman Blower

An architectural viewpoint on the East Street/Brightwells scheme

a scale model of the scheme will be on display