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 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.”
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.
“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: email@example.com or just go along.
Hear about CHIPS holiday play scheme’s new project for parents and carers.
Staff 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.
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.
It 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!
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.
The latest edition of the Joining In! booklet for Westborough and Park Barn is now published, containing details of things to do and how to get more involved in your community.
Once again, groups and organisations are listed with what they have to offer. There’s something of all interest for all ages!
Free copies have already been distributed to schools and churches.
Any other groups or persons who would like copies please contact David Rose on 07825 419408 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
With Guildford Walkfest 2016 fast approaching, Joining In! co-ordinator David Rose will be taking part, leading three history / nature walks based on those he has produced as self-guided walk leaflets.
David said: “I was delighted when the organisers of Guildford Walkfest asked me to lead some walks this year. My three and new ‘Westborough Walks’ appealed to them as they are a bit different from some of the other walks in the festival and fit perfectly with the idea of getting people out and about by walking areas where perhaps they would not initially think of going to.”
David has written and designed three free self-guided walks leaflets, so people can get out and about in the Westborough and Park Barn area to discover places and learn about the rich heritage and history of the area. The walks he will be leading, with lots of history facts along the way, are based on these and further dates are planned following on from this year’s Guildford Walkfest.
He said: “The self-guided Westborough Walks leaflets are aimed at local people and are available in the local area, but anyone can come and see the rich history of this part of Guildford and some of the natural history as well, that is within and borders an area that many people think is just streets and houses. So, people can do the walks themselves or join me as and when I offer the guided walks. I can also arrange to give the guided walks to groups and organisations, all free of charge.
The walks vary from one to three miles in length and the leaflets not only have lots of details about things to see and fascinating facts while you are out walking, but they contain a map of the walk and instructions on where to go, so no one should get lost!
“David added: “The one-mile walk is based on the Westborough Trim Trail that threads its way through the green parts of Westborough. This has been in place for a couple of years now and was installed by Guildford Borough Council, with funding from Travel SMART.
“There are items of fitness equipment along the way that people can use. I thought it was a perfect and fairly easy walk for people to try. My leaflet gives details of when this was a Medieval royal deer park, plus some facts about the area during the First World War and the general development of Westbrough.
“The walk In The Footsteps Of The Romans, starts and finishes at the Park Barn Social Centre off Park Barn Drive. It is three miles in length and takes walkers out on to Broadstreet Common where there was a Roman villa and farm.
“I believe this is an incredibly important piece of our local history that rarely gets mentioned! When you stand on the common today you might like to imagine what it was like for those early settlers.
“There is also a lot of natural history here with several species of butterflies, birds and bats. The walk also takes in what is locally known as ‘reservoir hill’, off Woodside Road, where there are some great views across Guildford, and on into the distance you can see the London skyline.
“The third walk is called Tracing A Medieval Royal Deer Park. Again starting from the Park Barn Social Centre, the walk goes through the University of Surrey’s Manor Farm campus and skirts the Surrey Sports Park. To the edge of the sports fields, near the new veterinary centre, is another amazing piece of Guildford’s history, only known to a few.
“Within a clump of trees is the remains of a moat that once circled a manor house – part of the Medieval royal deer park. Unfortunately, access to it is not allowed, but a public footpath passes close by. Here royaly stayed when they came to hunt deer all those years ago.
“The development of this part of Guildford is right on the footprint of past generations – from the Romans, the Medieval deer park, and later farms which were finally sold off for the plots and areas of develpment we see today, to the new developments taking place by the university.
“This third walk also includes the circular road around the Surrey Research Park. I think it is an interesting place to go and to have a look at the high-tech firms who are based there in an interesting setting. I have spoken to many people who live nearby and they say they have never been there.”
Surrey County Council’s Travel SMART initiative, that provides people with more travel choices and help them cut carbon, calories and cost, funded David’s research, writing, designing and printing of the self-guided walks leaflets and for him to offer regular guided walks, to the tune of £3,000. This has been within his work with Joining In!, that supports community involvement in the Westborough, Stoke and Ash and Tongham wards of Guildford borough. Joining In! is managed by Voluntary Action South West Surrey.
David said: “It has taken some time for me to devise the walks, research the history, and to design and get the leaflets into print. The routes had to be carefully checked and a number of people kindly walked them to test them out and made useful suggestions. They are now available locally including at the Park Barn Social Centre off Park Barn Drive, or from me on 07825 419408, or sending an email to email@example.com .”
You can also click on the leaflets here and print them out yourself or save them to your computer.
Guildford Walkfest 2016 runs from September 17 to October 2.
The free walks that David will be leading as part of Guildford Walkfest 2016 are:
Tracing A Medieval Royal Deer Park: Saturday, September 17, starting at 10.30am. Meet at the Park Barn Centre, off Park Barn Drive, GU2 8EN.
In The Footsteps Of The Romans: Friday, September 23, starting at 10.30am. Meet at the Park Barn Centre, off Park Barn Drive, GU2 8EN.
Westborough Trim Trail: Thursday, September 29, at 2pm. Meet at the Park Barn Centre, off Park Barn Drive, GU2 8EN. If anyone was unable to go on either of the two previous walks led by David in the same area (September 17 and 23), he will be pleased to lead one of those straight after the trim trail walk. You will need to go on the trim trail walk to take part in the second walk as the start time of the second walk cannot be guaranteed. The walk with the most interest from those taking part on the day will be chosen.
He will also leading the walk In The Footsteps Of The Romans, on Sunday, September 18, starting at 10.30am. Meet at the Park Barn Centre, off Park Barn Drive, GU2 8EN. This is not part of Guildford Walkfest, but is again free and all are welcome to go along.
Further free guided ‘Westborough Walks’ by him will be arranged and advertised.
The Joining In! project aims to make it easy for local residents to find out how they can help out and volunteer in their neighbourhood.
To do that we need to make sure we have a good up to date list of all the opportunities there are for volunteering in both the Westborough and Park Barn area and also in Bellfields and Slyfield (Stoke ward).
We need a volunteer in each area to help us visit voluntary and community groups and find out what volunteer help they need and help them advertise these opportunities on the Joining In! website and in the Volunteer Centre.
If you like meeting people and believe that it’s good to get involved in helping out in your community then this is a role that will interest you. You will get full training lots of support from our team, hours are very flexible and can be arranged as to when you are available.
Contact us by filling out the application form by clicking here to Voluntary Action South West Surrey for the Westborough post and here to Voluntary Action South West Surrey for the Stoke post and we will get in touch and let you know more.
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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