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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 independently 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

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 “What’s 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.

Care for Guildford

Care For Guildford is a charity established in 1976.

We have over 100 volunteers helping residents in the borough of Guildford. The main tasks are providing transport for medical appointments to surgeries,hospitals,clinics and dentists.

We can also do shopping on behalf of clients in need, and help with simple odd jobs.

Clients’ voluntary donations are the main source of income.

We are always seeking volunteers who have some spare time. The majority need to be drivers with their own car.

Compton History website

A website focusing on aspects of the history of Compton in Surrey researched by Philip and Sally Gorton.

It features lots of articles including vintage pictures and illustrations.

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.

East Clandon village

The website planning was initiated in 1999 and adopted as a Millennium project and funded by East Clandon Parish Council in 2000.

It complemented the village’s email group which had begun in 1998 to share all matters East Clandon with the village residents.

Now on its second iteration, the site’s approximately 90 pages. It includes parish council matters, parish council minutes since 2002, parish land descriptions, building descriptions, multiple maps, history and memoirs, audio recordings of memoirs by present and past villagers, organisations and groups, activities and dozens of miscellaneous help tools and local information from local telephone line routes to the village diary.

It is a repository for video, photo and audio of numerous village events and activities over the last 21 years and before!

The original two webmasters still manage it and are probably the only ones to have visited every page of the labyrinth. It is probably one of the oldest website in the borough.

Effingham Residents’ Association

The association’s aims are to promote the interests of residents, render assistance in all matters for the benefit of the residents and encourage them to take an active part in local affairs.

Local events are also published on the website.

Fairlands, Liddington Hall, Gravetts Lane Community Association (FLGCA)

The FLGCA provides a centre for community activities, a community hall and keeps the recreation field in good order.

As usual with such associations a small band of volunteers give up a great deal of their spare time to ensure smooth running and that facilities are kept in good order.

The association has also engaged directly with local councils on matters such as flooding, illegal parking , dog fouling and the clearing of hedges.

The association operates as a not-for-profit organisation with charity status, but it needs your support – come down and join the club, use the facilities and enjoy yourself.

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 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.

Guildford and Ash Citizens Advice

Screen shot 2014-11-18 at 10.41.55Guildford and Ash Citizens Advice is a local independent charity that 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.

We provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. We also value 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 Branch of the RNLI

The Guildford branch of the RNLI is one of the 1,300 fundraising branches throughout the country. Its objective is to generate money for the RNLI.

Can you spare a few hours each month ? Help will be be appreciated if you have experience in asking the public for donations at the branch’s collection days or perhaps organising its local events.

It is also looking for a chairman as well as a secretary to help run the group. Experienced retired persons with good people skills, computer literacy (must have an email at least!) are the main requirements along with enthusiasm and some spare time, of course.

Guildford Club for Disabled

Guildford Club for the DisabledThe 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 in Bloom

Guildford in Bloom aims to involve the whole community – including businesses and residents, to make Guildford Blooming Wonderful!  

Founded in 1981, Guildford in Bloom holds an annual gardening competition which is open to all residents, businesses and community groups to enter.  The aim is to encourage good horticultural practice, sustainability, and encouraging wildlife.

The annual Guildford Schools in Bloom Competition encourages children to get involved in gardening and the outdoors. 

This helps children to learn how things grow and where food comes from and a school garden can be interpreted in several areas of the curriculum and helps to promote wellbeing.

Guildford Twinning Association

The Guildford Twinning Association (GTA) is a voluntary group set up to support the official ‘twinning’ of Guildford and Freiburg, in south-west Germany.

Twinning aims to promote international friendship and collaboration, and the GTA helps the people of Guildford and Freiburg to come together. We support – and in some cases organise – social, cultural, sporting, business, tourism and educational contacts and exchanges.

Our website includes details of our activities (including an annual guided trip to Freiburg), upcoming events, a history of the twinning of the two towns, information and pictures about Freiburg, useful links, information for schools 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 competitions 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 Poyle Charities

For nearly 400 years Guildford Poyle Charities has been supporting people in need or distress in central Guildford.

Established as part of the legacy of Henry Smith, the charity remains committed to its original ideals and distributes grants to individuals for basic items that they would not otherwise be able to afford such as white goods, furniture and clothing.

It also provides grants to organisations working with people in need within Guildford.  For information on how to apply please see our website:

Guildford Sea Cadets

Guildford sea cadetsThe 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!

GUkraine: Guildford Help for Ukranians

We enable everyone within the GU postcode to join together and show their support for Ukrainians in these dire times.

We provide information and advice, coordinate collection and delivery of aid to those still in Ukraine, offer a great number of free services, provide extensive advice, information, resources and a range of support services and events to welcome and assist Ukrainian guests as they arrive and settle.  We work with other charities, groups, churches,  businesses, schools, pubs and more.

Guildford West Scouts

Guildford West covers the following Scout groups in Guildford, 1st Normandy, 1st Stoughton, 5th Guildford, St Nicolas 9th Guildford, 1st Jacobs Well, 1st Rydes Hill, 1st Wood Street and 2nd Guildford.

Scouting is for boys and girls from the ages of six to 25 and we rely on volunteers to run the sections to provide the excellent programmes delivered to the young people of Guildford.

The Guildford Society

GSoc websiteWe 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.

Guildford & Woking Branch of the British Sugarcraft Guild

We are a cake decorating club and offer a mix of programme of demonstrations, hands-on evenings and Saturday workshops covering as wide a range of topics as possible so that there’s something for everyone.

Topics include sugar flower making, modelling in a broad range of edible mediums such as chocolate, marzipan and sugarpaste, airbrushing, wafer paper and using royal icing.

We meet on the second Wednesday of every month at Normandy Village Hall. Our doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, and we serve tea, coffee and biscuits after the evening’s demonstration or hands-on session.

We are a friendly group and always welcome visitors who would like to find out more about what we do, whether you are a complete novice or a professional in the field. Annual membership fees apply.

Contact the branch secretary Sue Stevens at for more information, and you can find us on Facebook @BSGguildford.

Home-Start Guildford

Home-Start GuildfordHome-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.

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.

Onslow Village Residents Association

OVRA has been around since 1956 and was set up to safeguard the amenities of Onslow Village and to promote the welfare, interests and well-being of the residents.

The site includes contact details for Onslow Village Hall.

Click here for OVRA Facebook page

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.

Probus ’83 Club Guildford

Are you a man who has retired, or is about to retire, from a profession, commerce or business? If so, you may be missing the camaraderie and stimulation that comes from mixing with colleagues and clients and customers.

The solution may be closer than you think. Probus (standing for PROfessional and BUSiness) was set up in 1965 and there are now more than 1,500 clubs in Britain as well as overseas, all with a non-political and non-sectarian ethos.

The Guildford club was formed in 1983 and meets monthly at Weybourne House, (a modern building with a terrace overlooking the River Wey) for a chat over drinks, followed by an inexpensive lunch, and a talk from an interesting speaker.

The backgrounds of its members are extensive: from accountants to pilots, from chemists to engineers and IT professionals, from company directors to bankers and lawyers. All enjoy each other’s company, conversation and general bonhomie.

Apart from our monthly talks, the clubs host a ladies’ lunch twice a year.

Its Family Finances Group meets monthly with group discussions or invited speakers.

In the summer the club organises inter-club golf and bowls matches.

If you want to find out more about us then please click the article heading which will take you to our club website.


RSPCA Guildford and Epsom branch

We are a self-funding branch of the RSPCA that raises money locally to fund animal welfare work to prevent cruelty, promote kindness and rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals in need within our branch area.

We financially help some people who are struggling to pay for the veterinary care that their pets need.

Check our website to see if you are in our catchment area and call if you need help to find out more on 07906 924 002.

We also work with Cats Protection Guildford & Godalming branch to offer low-cost cat spay / snip for both male and female cats in Guildford and the surrounding area.

We subsidise the price so it costs you just £15 to have your cat neutered and microchipped (price is for a standard, straightforward spay / snip). This offer is open to anyone as we wish to neuter as many cats as possible to tackle the on-going problem of unwanted kittens in the area.

Our website and Facebook pages have details of the pets that are available for rehoming, as well as a programme of activities, events and information on how you could support our work.

St Catherine’s Village Association 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 viewed 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 Care Trust

Surrey Care Trust is a local charity that changes lives. It provides learning, training and mentoring to support young people and adults in improving their chances in life.

We are enabling people to overcome the disadvantage of low skills, poor educational achievement,  limited opportunities and tough financial circumstances.

Nurturing skills for life, work and learning creates brighter futures.

Setbacks in life such as illness, addiction, family breakdown and unemployment can also leave people facing hardship and needing to learn new skills and rebuild confidence. We help there, too.

Surrey Coalition of Disabled People 

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

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

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

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

Click here for Facebook page.

Surrey Community Action 

We are a countywide charity which supports voluntary organisations with advocacy, advice and services to help them to work more effectively.

We also run a range of projects to give local communities a helping hand.


Tel: 01483 566 072, from 9am to 5pm on normal working days.

Address: Astolat, Coniers Way, New Inn Lane, Burpham, Guildford GU4 7HL

Sutton Green Village Website

The website produced by the Sutton Green Village Association serves the residents of the village situated on the border between Guildford and Woking. It provides community and local news, event information, history and details on whats on at the village hall.



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.



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.

The Arts Society Guildford and Wey Valley

We have an active membership of 155 art lovers  (currently becoming Zoom watchers). We aim to be friendly and inclusive. New visitors are always welcome.

Lectures are held on the third Thursday morning of every month except July and August.

We have study days and visits to places of interest.

The Sime Gallery

The Sime Gallery at Worplesdon houses a major collection of the fascinating and highly characteristic work of Sidney Sime (1865-1941), the famous artist, illustrator and caricaturist.

It is housed within Worplesdon Memorial Hall,Perry Hill, Worplesdon, Guildford GU3 3RF.

Triple Harmony Choir

Triple Harmony Choir(Formed in 2019) a very friendly choir based in Guildford. If you love to sing then join them for a free taster.

They are a mixed, no audition required, three-part harmony choir singing contemporary music. No previous experience necessary, no need to read music, just enthusiasm and a love of singing.

They meet at Guildford County School, Farnham Road, GU2 4LU, every Wednesday 7.45pm to 9.15pm.



Mobile: 07494 408036.

On Facebook: Triple Harmony Choir

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.

University of the Third Age – Guildford Area

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 email details to David Rose at The Guildford Dragon NEWS.