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261 (Guildford) Air Cadet Squadron

Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 23.01.52The ATC offers a wide range of events for 12- to 20-year-olds in and around Guildford. It is a top organisation in developing the youth of today. It often supports local events and is the light blue footprint of the RAF for Guildford, a trend that will continue as the armed forces continue to shrink.

Abbotswood Website

AbbotswoodAbbotswood covers an area of about 50 acres about a mile to the north east of Guildford town centre close to the amenities of Stoke Park and Riverside Park, and within walking distance of the Spectrum leisure centre.

The estate comprises about 80 detached properties on a mixture of private and public roads developed in the early part of the 20th century as a garden suburb in the Arts and Crafts style by the notable architect Alfred Claude Burlingham.

The estate has recently been designated a conservation area, standing out as significant due to the quality of its architecture, urban design and form, and its attractive setting within a mature wooded landscape.

The interests of the Abbotswood residents are looked after by three residents associations, ARA Ltd, ARA North West Spur and ARA Central Crescent. This website is managed and financed independantly of the three residents associations.

Artington Parish Website

A website serving the parish community in Artington, a small village a few miles south of Guildford.

The website contains, parish news, information on the parish council, minutes and agendas from council meetings and links to other local societies and community websites.

The website also includes ‘Riff Raff Diary Notes’, diary notes from Rob Craig, the lengthsman responsible for St Catherine’s stretch of the Godalming Navigation, who has given talks to Artington parishioners about the responsibilities of his unique job.

Ash Citizens Advice Bureau

Screen shot 2014-11-18 at 10.51.43Ash Citizens Advice bureau is an independent charity providing free, confidential, impartial advice to everybody regardless of race, gender, sexuality, age or disability.

The Aims of the Citizens Advice Bureau are:

To provide the advice people need for the problems they face.

To improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives.

Ash CAB is situated in the heart of Ash, close to the local shops. It benefits from modern, fully wheelchair accessible offices at the rear of Ash Parish Council. There is a free car park with dedicated disabled bays.

Ash Parish Council

The Ash Parish Council Website is a website created by the Council to provide local information to the residents of Ash, Ash Vale and Ash Green, the three villages forming The Parish of Ash. The largest Parish in the Borough of Guildford.

The website contains, Parish news, full details, including contact details of the Parish Council, Parish, Borough and County Councillors, a “Whats on” page proving details of classes held at the Ash Centre,  a very comprehensive diary of events for the future, as well as details including Agendas and Minutes of all of the Parish Council meetings.  Special pages also provide details, including pictures of Parish Events including the annual Fun Day and Christmas Fantasia.  There is generally a lot of information relating to the Parish.

Burpham Community Association

BCA_websiteA website that serves the Burpham Community, and is a subsidiary site for the Burpham Neighbourhood Forum.

As well as giving updates on local news, the site also includes an events page, local history articles and pleasant suggested walks around the Burpham area. A map is also provided to point out key places of use for residents.

Links to local clubs, charities, and services can also be found on the website.

Compton Village WebsiteCompton Village Website

The website covers all aspects of community life in Compton, a small village with two conservation areas which lies between Guildford and Godalming.

The site is updated every month. It covers information and updates from organisations, has news items, links and the village newsletter, the Compton NEWS, known fondly as the ‘Yellow Peril’ can also be downloaded from the site.

There is an interactive calendar which includes local events and events submitted from surrounding areas. There is a members page for Compton residents only and links to village venues, such as the Village Hall and Compton Club, Puck’s Oak Barn and regular updates from Watts Gallery, Chapel and Limnerslease and Loseley Park, which lies just beyond its parish boundary.

Friends of Guildford Museum

5799066The Friends support and assist Guildford Museum with a view to improving its collections, exhibitions and its engagement with the local community and visitors. We provide volunteering opportunities, group outings to Surrey villages and other places of historic interest, as well as exhibition visits and talks. See our website for our programme of activities, events and to download information on how to become a Friend.

Guildford Action

Guildford Action was originally set up to support those who were unemployed in Guildford but over time has evolved its services to include support for all those who are disadvantaged and in need within areas of Guildford and Waverley.

The projects that Guildford Action run are as follows; The Guildford Action Drop-in Centre which acts as a safe place (access to Doctor/Nurse, Laundry, Showers, subsidised food) for those who are or have been homeless and those who are disadvantaged or in need. The Guildford Action for Families (The GAF) runs community drop-in sessions within the families own areas, which gives parents/ carers practical advice and support with a multitude of problems that they might face in the bringing up of children.

The website includes information about these projects, a page for donations, events and news, information about supporting organisations and other useful links

Guildford Advice Services

Screen shot 2014-11-18 at 10.36.54Guildford Advice Services (GAS) is a project funded by the Big Lottery Fund that is aiming to promote collaboration between advice agencies in the borough of Guildford.

The Guildford Advice Services website includes useful links to a wide range of advice and information providers who deliver services within the Borough of Guildford as well as those who work with clients who have advice needs (see GAS Network Organisations).

In addition, there are links to useful self-help guides and resources such as:

  • Adviceguide, the online self-help resource from Citizens Advice that provides information to help people solve their problems
  • AgeUK information guides and fact sheets
  • Surrey Information Point provided by Surrey County Council

Guildford Arts

Guildford ArtsGuildford Arts promotes the activities of artists and arts organisations of all kinds that work and perform within the Guildford Area. Essentially its website is a combined catalogue of the arts and a calendar of arts events.

We are a registered charity that draws its membership from both the providers of artistic experiences and those who delight in and support those offerings.

We run exhibitions, talks and events organised by ourselves or in association with others.

We provide financial support for arts initiatives of all kinds.

We provide vehicles for the promotion of arts endeavours through our regular newsletter and our website.

Citizens Advice Guildford

Screen shot 2014-11-18 at 10.41.55Guildford Citizens Advice bureau, a local independent charity, offers practical, up-to-date information and advice on a wide range of topics. Our advice is available to anyone who lives or works in the borough of Guildford regardless of race, gender, sexuality, age, nationality, disability or religion.

Guildford CAB provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. It also values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination.

Our twin aims are to provide the advice people need for the problems they face and improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives, bringing to the attention of local and national government issues and problems which are of common concern to large numbers of people.

Guildford Club for the DisabledGuildford Club for the Disabled

The club provides social support and entertainment for people with physical disabilities that live within a three-mile radius of Guildford town centre and meets most Thursday afternoons at Jacobs Well Village Hall from 2pm to 4pm.

The club is a registered charity and is run exclusively by volunteers.

Just at the moment the club is struggling to find much needed volunteer drivers to get members to and from the weekly meeting.

Guildford – Freiburg Association

A website that represents the ‘Guildford Freiburg Association,’ the society that was set up to foster links between Guildford and the German town it is twinned with, Freiburg.

The aim of the society is to promote understanding between Guildford and Freiburg and foster links between them through personal, social, sporting, cultural, business and official contacts as well as to exchange visits and links for schools and businesses.

The website includes a history of the ‘twinning’ of the two towns, information and pictures about Freiburg, useful link, upcoming events and information about how to organise exchanges.

Guildford Photographic Society

The Guildford Photographic Society website allows its members to keep up with news and events and to share some of their work in a communal gallery. It also gives visitors information about the club, what events visitors are allowed to participate in and information on how to join.

The club is over 100 years old and offers its members a well balanced program of events, including: lectures from distinguished photographers, presentations and tutorials by current members and competitons which are open to all members.

Visitors are welcome to come along to a few meetings free of charge, to see if the club appeals to them.

Guildford sea cadetsGuildford Sea Cadets

The Sea Cadets were created by communities wanting to give young people experiences and opportunities based upon a naval theme.

There are now over 400 Sea Cadet Units across the UK giving young people the opportunity to learn a variety of skills whilst having fun!

GSoc websiteThe Guildford Society

We are a society of volunteers interested in and dedicated to:

  • Conserving the best of Guildford and its environs
  • Promoting high standards of planning and architecture
  • Influencing the pace and type of development
  • Raising the level of public awareness of local issues

We have specialist scrutiny groups devoted to Planning, Transport and Design & Heritage.

We are affiliated to Civic Voice, a nationwide umbrella organisation for Community Associations and Amenity Societies.

The Guildford Society is politically neutral, and strictly independent.

Harvey Gallery
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Screen Shot 2015-09-26 at 23.31.07Harvey Gallery is the public exhibition space at the Guildford Adult Learning centre.

We pride ourselves in being Guildford’s only accessible art gallery. We are a community space owned by Surrey County Council and run by volunteers.
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Home-Start GuildfordHome-Start Guildford

Home-Start Guildford was established in 1996 to support local struggling families, with at least one child under the age of five.

The families may be having difficulties due to post-natal depression, family breakdown, illness, isolation, disability, twins / triplets, or just finding parenting a struggle.

These families are usually referred to us by health visitors or other professionals, and we aim to help the parents give their children the best possible start in life.

Home-Start Guildford recruits and trains volunteers to visit the families once a week for a few hours and provide practical and emotional support to the parent.

Our volunteers need to have had parenting experience, enjoy playing with young children, a friendly and caring attitude, and be a good non-judgemental listener.

The support the volunteers provide will help parents find confidence and ways to cope, and ultimately give their children a secure childhood.

We support families in the Guildford Borough and Fetcham and Bookham in Mole Valley. Our offices and training are based in Burpham.

If you’d like to volunteer for us please see our website and contact us. Parents supporting Parents – a simple idea that really works.

Holy Trinity Amenity Group

Holy Trinity Amenity Group is the neighbourhood association formed to look after the interests of residents of the part of Holy Trinity Ward nearest to central Guildford.

It acts as guardian and promoter of local amenities by fostering a sense of community in the area and celebrating the area’s cultural heritage; understanding the likely effects of proposals for change, and making residents aware of them; canvassing residents for their views, and making these known to the relevant decision-making bodies.

Jacobs Well Residents’ Association

Jacobs Well RANews, events, details and useful links for residents of Jacobs Well.

Joining In! supporting community involvement in Westborough and Park Barn and Ash and Tongham

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Listed on the Joining In! website are a wide range of community based activities and things going on in the Westborough and Park Barn area of Guildford and also Ash and Tongham, that you can be part of.

Take a look by clicking on the buttons towards the top of the website and see what interests you. You will be more than welcome to go along and take part, or you could become even more involved and volunteer your services.

The entries show how rich and diverse this community is and how much is going on here. These groups, clubs, organisations and events allow people to get involved, make friends, have fun and, if they want, learn new skills. All this in turn helps strengthen our community – and the Joining In! project is helping to make this happen…

Merrow Residents’ Association

The Merrow Residents’ Association has been in existence for over 40 years and continues to provide a focus for Merrow on environmental, planning, historical and local issues and has a membership of about 600 people. It is served by a voluntary committee that acts in an apolitical manner to ensure that Merrow retains its present unspoilt and attractive appearance.

Merrow Village Bowls Club

merrow-village-bowls-clubWe are a friendly crowd who like to socialise and play lawn bowls when we can. We play both league and friendly matches around Surrey, with free coaching available to all who need it.

Being part of the Merrow Village Club means that we also have access to other activities, such as snooker, pool and darts. The club also has a bar with competitively priced drinks.

Click here for Facebook page.

Park Barn & Westborough Community Association

WeloveparkbarnandwestboroughThe Park Barn & Westborough Community Association was set up in 2007 as local residents wanted a slightly more formal approach in working together to make a difference.

Meeting every two months local residents from all corners of the local area come together to discuss community needs. Everyone living localy is welcome. Contact us if you would like to get involved.

Parish of Westborough

The Parish of Westborough is a friendly parish with worshippers of all ages. They believe that God is calling us to be the church that he wants us to be by growing closer to Him and each other through worship and fellowship. They also believe He calls us to proclaim and demonstrate His love effectively within our community by the reality of our faith.

There are two churches in our parish: St Francis’ Church in Beckingham Road, Westborough and St Clare’s Church at the junction of Southway and Cabell Road, Park Barn.

The website includes maps of how to find both churches, details of events in the parish and descriptions of what the work and worship that each Church does.

St Catherine’s Village Facebook Page

St Catherine's Facebook PageA Facebook page that serves St Catherine’s Village, a settlement of nearly 500 houses in the SW corner of the Guildford.

As a Facebook page all members can contribute and post articles, events and photographs. The page can be viwed by any non-member for information

Letters, comments on existing articles and contributions are always very welcome.

St Catherine’s Village Association Website

Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 16.14.54St Catherine’s is an area in the South-West corner of Guildford. The River Wey is on the Eastern boundary, the Hog’s Back to the North-West, the Town to the North-East, and the main Portsmouth road leading through rural country towards Godalming to the South. There are about 500 households, ranging from flats to large houses.
This website is run by the SCVA committee for the benefit of the community.

Send Parish Council website 

Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 17.08.44Send Parish is made up of Send, Send Marsh and Burnt Common. The Wey Navigation runs along a section of the western boundary of the Parish. Woking borough adjoins Send and Woking is closer (about 3 miles) than Guildford (about 6 miles).

The website contains a large variety of information including parish council matters, what’s on, video clips and photos.

Shalford Village website 

Screen shot 2015-01-28 at 23.49.02The Shalford Village website was created by the Friends of Shalford, a group of local people interested in bringing their community together.

The website covers the parish of Shalford and includes the latest happenings in the villages of Shalford and Peasmarsh; a calendar of events; local news articles; information about clubs, groups and local businesses; as well as other local information for residents and tourists. It also has a very interesting section with well-researched articles on the history of the villages.

Friends of Shalford also has a Facebook page which links into the website and so does Peasmarsh.

Surrey Coalition of Disabled People 

We are a council grant funded (but not council-run) organisation. We are a user-led organisation which means all our directors are disabled people.

SCDPWe promote the right to independent living and equality of opportunity.

We do this largely by influencing policy, strategies and services where these impact on disable people.

We are based in Burpham but support disabled people throughout Surrey.

Click here for Facebook page.

Stoughton Hearts & Voices Community Choir

Formed in January 2015, we are a community choir in the Stoughton area of Guildford.

We are friendly, welcoming and patient. No previous singing experience necessary. No need to read music, all taught by ear. No audition! Everyone can sing.

Aims: community, fun, confidence-building, meeting new people, creating an uplifting experience.

Almost every Wednesday 7.30pm to 9pm. Drop us an e-mail or just come along on the night. We would love to see you.

Email: stoughton.hearts.voices@gmail.com

Website: http://shvcc.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Stoughton.Hearts.Voices/

Surrey Wildlife Trust

We care for more than 9,000 hectares of the county’s countryside for the benefit of people and wildlife.

We are the largest Wildlife Trust in terms of land managed – being responsible for 4.5% of the county. SWT is part of a nationwide network of 47 local Trusts working to protect wildlife in towns and the countryside. Collectively, the Wildlife Trusts have 800,000 members and thousands of nature reserves.

Become a member of SWT and help support our conservation work across Surrey.

Voluntary Action South West Surrey

Voluntary Action South West Surrey (VASWS) is an independent charity funded by local authorities, the NHS and the Big Lottery Fund to support, develop and promote voluntary and community involvement across the boroughs of Guildford and Waverley.

VASWS offers an extensive range of free services to all voluntary groups in our area, so whether you are a very small group just starting out or an established charity we can help. We also match people who want to volunteer with local organisations seeking volunteers through our accredited Volunteer Centres.

The website includes: sections on Volunteer Centres and Sector information, news and events pages, and opportunities for networking.

The Guildford area University of the Third Age

The University of the Third Age is an educational self-help organisation for those who have reached the stage in life where they are no longer in full time employment.

The group draws on the experience and knowledge of its members to set up shared learning, common interest and activity groups.

The Guildford area U3A has over 1,700 members and offers in excess of 100 courses or focus groups, so come and join us to find new interests or rekindle old ones, laugh and make new friends.

Wood Street Village

Wood Street WebsiteThis website serves Wood Street Village is a village in the county of Surrey, England with a village green. It is located three miles (4 km) west of Guildford and is part of the parish of Worplesdon.

Local amenities include a church (St Albans), infant school, post office and two public houses (the White Hart and the Royal Oak). The Normandy Youth Center also serves the children of the area.

Worplesdon Parish Council

A website serving the large parish community of Worplesdon.  Situated three miles north of Guildford, Worplesdon comprises Fairlands, Jacobs Well, Pitch Place, Perry Hill, Rickford and Wood Street Village.

The website contains information including parish newsletters, information about the parish, information about the Parish Council including agendas and minutes of council meetings, details of the Parish Council’s Emergency Plan, the Worplesdon Flood Forum and much more.

 

If you have a village or community website you would like to add to this page please contact the editor.