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News From Guildford Borough Council

Published on: 19 Oct, 2015
Updated on: 22 Oct, 2015

A selection of news items recently issued by Guildford Borough Council:

Have a say on what matters in your community

GBC LogoResidents are invited to join Guildford borough councillors and Surrey county councillors and let them know about their priorities for the areas of Christchurch, Friary & St Nicolas, Holy Trinity and Onslow.

An informal meeting takes place on Thursday, October 22, 7pm to 9pm, Meeting Room 3, Guildford Borough Council offices in Millmead.

Last year ‘cluster’ groups were established as informal ways of meeting with residents to talk through local issues (not planning issues) and identifying projects that could benefit from cluster funding.

Cllr Graham Ellwood, lead councillor for community safety and licensing, said: “The meeting will enable people to have their say on what matters to them in their community. We have ‘cluster funding’ available that projects can bid for in order to help them achieve their goals.

“Guildford Library successfully secured funding for iPads that they now use to assist their customers, both at site and out and about. We have over £17,000 that we can allocate to projects.”


Learn how to use a thermal imaging camera

Guildford Borough Council is offering a free course for residents on Friday, October 30, where you can learn how to use a thermal imaging camera.

The course will explain how to use the camera and offer attendees the chance to book the camera to survey their own home.

Thermal imaging cameras have many practical uses including detecting:

• missing insulation in your home
• draughts
• moisture defects
• thermal bridges in buildings
• electrical faults.

There will be two sessions at 5pm and 7pm at the council’s Millmead offices. Places must be booked in advance and are only available for Guildford borough residents. To book visit


Winners of the Mayor’s Awards for Access

A community café, gardening service and Guildford railway station were among the winners of this year’s Mayor’s Award for Access.

Established to reward the valuable work many do to make our borough a more accessible place, the Mayor of Guildford, Nikki Nelson-Smith, selected six winners this year.

They were:

The Snooty Fox Café, Shalford – Community Inclusion Award, for going the extra mile to make sure that their customers are well looked after, with a friendly, can-do attitude.

Oakleaf Gardening Services – Community Inclusion Award, for its valuable work in creating a community partnership initiative between Glade, Oakleaf and the YMCA. This provides opportunities for local residents in disadvantaged areas to benefit from access to training, skills and work opportunities. It provides gardening services to the local community, particularly the elderly.

Swingbridge Community Boats – Surrey Care Trust – Services to the Community Award. Based at Dapdune Wharf in Guildford, it provides trips for many community groups.

Artventure Trust at The Electric Theatre – Access Through the Arts, for the creation of a mural outside The Electric Theatre. The eye-catching mural involved many young people from the trust, bringing their artwork to a wider audience.

Guildford railway station – Customer Services Award, for outstanding customer services provided to all its passengers and in particular those with accessibility needs.

The Archery Club – Accessible Sports Award, for the provision of accessible sports facilities.

The mayor congratulates the winners of this year's Awards for Access.

The mayor congratulates the winners of this year’s Awards for Access.

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  1. Jim Allen Reply

    October 19, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    The thermal imaging camera is a wondrousness tool.

    Any old house which has been modified and changed can have cold spots where cold spots shouldn’t be.

    In my house the stairs now go back to front – in 1908 they went front to back. Easy to see with this camera – try it and see, then save money by installing insulation where you didn’t know it is needed.

    One thing the council did get right, making this camera available to the public.

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