Other Events

In Conversation

In Conversation

Covid-19 restrictions have prevented us from holding our regular social events – evening talks, coffee mornings and visits.

Instead we are creating a series of ‘In Conversation’ videos, in which we speak to local people about matters of interest to Farnham.

Beverley Edmondson, Milliner

First shown 27 May 2021


Mark Robson, Chairman of the British Institute of Inn Keeping

First shown 15 May 2021


Councillor Pat Evans, Mayor of Farnham 2019 – 2021

First shown 5 May 2021


Michael Maher, Chair of Trustees at Farnham Maltings and former Chair of Trustees at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice

First shown 24 April 2021


Rt Rev Dr Chris Herbert, Farnham resident and former Bishop of St Albans, talks about his life and his love of Farnham

First shown 4 April 2021


Chairman Alan Gavaghan discusses the role of the Society
First shown 14 February 2021


Sylvia Schuller of The Blue Bear Bookshop, The Borough
First shown Wednesday 2 December 2020




Farnham Christmas Market

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This year Farnham’s Christmas Market will be on Sunday 9 December, 10 am to 4 pm.

We will have a stall in The Borough, outside the Queen’s Head and Bloom (formerly Prezzo). Our new branded merchandise will be on sale, and you will have the chance to meet and chat to us about Farnham and about what we do.


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.

Recrafting Farnham

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The second meeting of Recrafting Farnham took place at Farnham Maltings on the evening of Monday 18 April.

Recrafting Farnham’s originator, Laith Anayi, presented the results of the first meeting, the consultation held in January and attended by some 700 local residents. Then the architect Robert Adam presented Tomorrow’s Home, funded by ADAM Urbanism and Grainger plc. This investigated the housing needs of today’s 18-34 year-olds. The findings ought to shape how we all think about homes for ‘Generation Y’ and those who come after them: where housing ought to be and therefore the future shape of Farnham.

For more information, contact:
Jenny Peterson
Architectural Communities Coordinator
RIBA South/South East

Farnham Speakers Festival

Farnham Speakers’ Festival took place from 22nd – 25th October 2015 and brought some of the most interesting presenters in the UK to The Maltings in Farnham. Amongst others, Stanley Johnson – father of Boris and former MEP, recouneds the key moments of his personal and political life; Tony Little, Headmaster of Eton, gave his controversial views on education in the UK today; and former Minister for Europe, Denis McShane, looked at Britain’s fraught relationship with Europe and how a ‘Brexit’ becomes ever more likely. Stephen Green, former Minister for Trade and Investment, considered what European identity might mean and celebrated writer, Harry Mount, of the Telegraph told us of his Greek Odyssey. Jonathan Fenby, former Editor of the Observer and of the South China Morning Post, spoke on the history of France and contemporary China and the leading historian Philip Mansel gave an account of the courts of Napoleon. Kwasi Kwarteng, Conservative MP for Spelthorne discussed the history of the relationship between War and Gold and James Bartholomew discussed his solutions for the welfare state. Finally, conservative philosopher Roger Scruton discussed Eastern Europe with Fiona Rintoul. For more information, please go to our website  http://www.farnhamspeakersfestival.com/index.html


Demolition of Redgrave Theatre

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On Monday 26 January, Waverley’s Joint Planning Committee approved the planning application to demolish the Redgrave Theatre, along with boundary walls to Brightwell House and the cottage.


BBC South were present to film outside the Council Offices , and to conduct interviews with Theatre supporters, including Andrew Welch and David Wylde, Performers Together and Farnham Theatre Association.


Photographs courtesy of Mike Silver and Mike Bryan







Residents’ Associations Meeting Report

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Most recent meeting

The Farnham Society’s biannual meeting with Residents’ Associations took place at South Farnham School on Tuesday 14 May 2015.

A summary of the meeting will be published shortly.


Previous meeting

Wednesday 26 November 2014, St Joan’s Centre

  • Alan Gavaghan, Society Chairman, gave an overview of the Society’s activities in 2014
  • Andy MacLeod,  Vice-Chairman, presented past planning figures and possible future numbers
  • Peter Bridgeman  Planning Committee Chairman presented significant new planning applications and potential applications
  • Councillor Roger Steel gave an update on Farnham Neighbourhood Plan, Waverley Local Plan & SANGS issues

A lively discussion followed on the threats to the future of Farnham which would arise from over development. A strong request was made from the floor, that The Farnham Society should write a letter with the backing of all those present, to the appropriate Minister and individuals, drawing attention to the impending development disaster which is about to be visited upon the Farnham area.

Following the meeting Alan Gavaghan wrote to  the Residents’ Associations

“It would be helpful if you would put forward your own criticisms and fears of the consequences should the existing policies be pursued and an outline of alternatives which should be considered.

Please feel free to put forward as many suggestions and points of view as possible and we will then analyse the various responses we receive and put together a coherent overview which would be circulated in draft form for final editing.

It was encouraging that there was such a strong response from all those attending the meeting last night and undoubtedly the worrying statistics we supplied has focused all Residents’ Associations on the threats to all of us living in this lovely part of Surrey.”