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All welcome to attend tea party to celebrate 10th anniversary of the Park Barn & Westborough Community Association

Make a date in your diary for Saturday, September 30, when the Park Barn & Westborough Community Association celebrates its 10th birthday with a free tea party and a free prize draw.

It is taking place at the Park Barn Centre, off Park Barn Drive, GU2 8EN, from 2pm to 4pm.

The prize draw will have a £150 and two £50 Tesco vouchers up for grabs.

As well as free refreshments, there will be music from the locally based Rhythm of Life community choir, craft activities for children, and a display of pictures showing past events the association has been involved with in the area.

Go and find out what the association does for the community of Park Barn and Westborough and how you may wish to get involved too. Its friendly committee members will be very pleased to talk to you!

Plus there will be a visit from the Mayor of Guildford, who will be thanking some of the long-standing and past members of the association.

Take a look at the association’s website that keeps the community up to date with what’s going on in the area. Be a friend of its ever-growing Facebook group

10th anniversary tea party


New yoga classes

A series of classes offering a gentle introduction for people wanting to increase their flexibility and strength and who are new to yoga are taking place in August.

thThey are aimed at men and women who want to do some gentle exercise, but who want to find out more before committing to a regular class.

Thursdays, August, 3, 10, 17, from 6pm to 7pm at St Francis Church Hall, Weston Road, Guildford GU2 8BU.

£6 per session, participants need to book on to all three classes. Total £18 to be paid at the first class.

Wear something to easily move in, such as jogging bottoms and a T-shirt, i.e. something that’s not too floppy.

To book your place and for more details contact yoga teacher Natalie Coleman on 07813 132701.



The Thursday Club says thanks for grants and enjoys hearty advice

A club for older people that meets every Thursday at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Rydes Hill, Guildford, has been busy with special visitors of late.

Surrey County Councillor Fiona White is presented with flowers by Mabel Welland.

Surrey County Councillor for Guildford West, Fiona White, dropped by as the club wished to thank her for her grant to it through her member’s allocation.

Her grant has funded a sound system that will be used by guest speakers and a loop system that will benefit those members of the club who are hard of hearing.

Mary Lawrence who runs The Thursday Club said: “Member Mabel Welland presented Fiona with a bouquet of flowers and thanked her for making all this possible. The new equipment will be installed by SoundAnalysts and it means our members will be able to fully appreciate our guest speakers.”

Mary Lawrence (standing) with members of The Thursday Club.

The club has also recently received funding from Guildford Borough Council’s Project Aspire initiative to provide blinds for the windows in the church hall where the club meets.

Mary added: “I feel so blessed that the club has benefited so much recently.”

And on Thursday last week the club was visited by Shirley West of the Guildford and Godalming fundraising branch of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) who demonstrated the techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The message was “you are never too old to learn”, and by all accounts it was another enjoyable afternoon for the club.

Local BHF stalwart Shirley West said: “It was amazing how many took part in trying CPR after my talk and the training demonstration I gave.

Shirley West (centre) with Shirley Arthur and Jane Gilbert.

“One lady, who is aged 93, presented me with a lovely bunch of flowers because she wanted to thank the British Heart Foundation for 21 healthy years after a triple heart bypass operation.

“This is when I feel happy that all my fundraising pays off.”

The Thursday Club meets weekly on Thursday afternoon for people aged 50 and over. It offers bingo, quizzes and beetle drives, intermingled with with guest speakers.

It is non-profit making club and raises funds by a raffle each week. If there is money in the ‘kitty’ it often treats members to things such as subsidised coach trips, strawberry teas and free drinks with their Christmas dinner.

New members are welcome. For more details call Mary Lawrence on 01483 827538. Email: or just go along.

Do you want CHIPS for Easter?

Hear about CHIPS holiday play scheme’s new project for parents and carers.

CHIPS staffStaff from CHIPS will be giving details of its new community project linked to its low-cost Easter holiday play scheme for children aged four to 11 at St Clare’s Church, Cabell Road, Park Barn GU2 8JW, on Saturday, February 18, from noon to 2pm.

Go along for a free bacon butty and at the same time you can register your interest for a place at CHIPS this Easter.

Take your children too as there will be a free bouncy castle.

The event is also a chance to talk to the CHIPS’ organisers about the service is offers and your ideas.

CHIPS (Guildford) is a registered charity and can be contacted on 07729 878964.


Love Outdoor Play Week 2017

2017 marks the seventh year that Guildford Borough Council’s Playrangers will be celebrating Love Outdoor Play Week, in association with Re:Play, the play association of the South East of England.

This special week focuses on highlighting the play opportunities on offer in the fantastic green spaces across the South East.

Playrangers OutdoormPlayt wqeek 02It is an annual celebration with events organised all over the region to help children and young people get out and play; encouraging and promoting outdoor play, whatever the weather. Reminding play workers, community workers and families alike that outdoor play is not just for the summer.

Aims and objectives

  • to raise awareness of rising levels of childhood obesity and to encourage more outdoor play
  • to contribute towards making children more physically active
  • to improve and maintain physical and mental health and overall well-being
  • to encourage children and their families to be active in the outdoors by providing free activities at sites around their home and local communit
  • to highlight the importance of play in children’s development and well-being
  • to provide opportunities for children of all abilities and backgrounds to play together in their communities.

Join in the fun between March 20 and 24 during the usual weekly Playranger sessions:

  • Monday, March 20: Pirbright Village Green GU24 0JE
  • Tuesday March 21, Coronation Gardens, Ash Hill Road, Ash GU12 5DN
  • Wednesday, March 22 Westborough play area, Park Barn Drive GU2 8EU
  • Thursday, March 23, The Green, Oak Tree Drive, Bellfields, GU1 1JT
  • Friday, March 24, Hornhatch Green, Chilworth, GU4 8AX

Each session runs daily after school, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

There will be a variety of playful, creative and sporty activities available daily on the theme of ‘Giant Games’; such as giant art, giant, smores, giant table football, giant bubbles – all in all there will be a giant amount of fun!

New Coffee and Chat at St Clare’s Church on Friday mornings

Drop in at St Clare’s Church in Park Barn on Friday mornings for coffee and chat

Instead of standing in the cold talking with friends, the church invites you to come into the warm and enjoy a hot drink and chat with your friends.

It runs from 8.30am to 10am. The church is in Cabell Road, opposite the Pond Meadow shops.

Details from the team vicar, the Revd Steve Pownall, on 01483 301349.


Rhythm of Life community choir

If you enjoy singing, you’ll receive a warm welcome from members of the Rhythm of Life community choir.

All abilities are welcome, you don’t have to read music, just a love for singing with others.The choir sings a mixture of popular songs, old and new.

Just go along to a rehearsal and have a listen, or join in if you want to.


Thursday evenings from 7pm to 8.30pm

Park Barn Centre, Park Barn Drive, GU2 8EN

Community warden Tracy James on 07767 475822

Julia McShane on 01483 837736

David Rose on 07825 419408

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New yoga classes

New yoga classes

A series of classes offering a gentle introduction for people wanting to increase their flexibility and strength and who are new to yoga are taking place in August. They are aimed at men and women who want to do some gentle exercise, but who want to find out more...