The Bourne Local Community Groups


Scouts Farnham5th Farnham (Bourne) is a large friendly group serving both Boys and Girls from 6-14 years old. The aim of the group is to give kids 'everyday adventure'.  Each section runs activities throughout the year.  Examples of which are camping, climbing, kayaking, skiing, bushcraft, abseiling, sailing, hiking, crafts and pioneering.  They currently have two groups of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in their Group.  Please check out their website for further information: or contact Bridget Keogh at [email protected].


Farnham Assist

Farnham ASSIST is Christian organisation and since 2002 has been working with Farnham’s older people. They listen to what people would like, then they set about making things happen.

With ASSIST, people can enjoy:

A weekend lunch, Pie and Pint Club for men, Ladies Pub lunch, Knit 'n' Natter, learn new computer skills with individual tuition, One to One befriending scheme for the housebound, a monthly Silver Service - an afternoon Songs of Praise service, ‘Where can you go with your bus pass?’ – trips out using local public transport, and  annual  events include: Old Time Music Hall, Songs of Praise and a Carol Service. 

Or simply get together with one of the volunteers for a cup of tea and a chat at Farnham ASSIST Centre at 7 St George's Yard, Farnham, GU9 7LW.

There are a number of people in St. Thomas who are volunteers with ASSIST as part of the Praise and Worship team and the One to One befriending scheme. Also people are welcome to attend the Bible Study Group  and other activities in the Centre.

For further details please call the ASSIST office on 01252 717710 or visit


                                                          Friends Together is a group supporting those who are bereaved, through the difficult days, weeks, monFriends Togetherths and even years following their loss. Informal get-togethers over a cup of tea, provice opportunities to talk. Meeting every Monday Evening 7-8.30pm, 2nd and 4th Monday afternoons 3-4.30pm (excluding bank holidays) All meetings take place at the Spire Cafe, South Street, Farnham, GU9 7QU.  or 07999 368128

Bourne Conservation Group Farnham  The Bourne Conservation Group is an entirely volunteer organisation that works in the local area for the benefit of people and wildlife in cooperation with the local authorities, landowners and other environmental groups such as the Surrey Wildlife Trust. Basic tasks include maintenance of woodland and the ten miles of public footpaths and bridleways in The Bourne. Specific projects have included landscaping of The Bourne Crossroads, the Middle Bourne Lane Community Garden and The Old Churchyard in such a way as to enhance biodiversity and repair the many broken monuments. 

The website at contains much information about the Group and the local area. New members are always made most welcome and can be assured of fresh air, some fun and a range of interesting tasks to suit all ages and abilities. Alternatively you may join as a 'Friend' who supports the work through payment of a small annual subscription.

For further information call Karen Redman on 01252 723408 or email [email protected].


Bourne Cricket Club FarnhamThe Bourne Cricket Club was founded in 1898 and have been playing competitive and friendly cricket on the Bourne Green ever since.

In 2014 we have two adult teams, our 1st & 2nd XI, playing in the I'Anson cricket competition, a Midweek XI playing in the Stevens and Pope Cups and a Sunday XI playing friendly matches against other local clubs.

We have a thriving Junior Section with over 200 players; in 2013 our Under 15s XI made it to the quarter final of the County Cup and we fielded a Girls XI for the first time but we love to play at all ages for the enjoyment of the game. Our Junior section has its own website at

If you are interested in joining the club please visit our website


Bourne Show Farnham The Annual Bourne Show is a quintessentially English village show that has been running for some 85 years on the third Saturday in July, on Bourne Green.  The organisers stage a very comprehensive flower show, provide fun and games and general entertainment for all the family, and the show also acts as a vehicle for other local charities to publicise their work.  Any profits from the show are then used to finance a post Christmas party for the elderly of the parish which is held in January every year.  They are always looking for helpers and volunteers, and would love to hear from anyone who would like to come and join them.  For further information including how to enter the flower show or taking a stall on the day, please visit their website at


Farnham Boxing Club  runs  weekly sessions from Brambleton hall. All abilities are welcome and the sessions caters for people aged 5 years upwards. (Our eldest member is 64!) Members can train to get fit, learn the fine art of boxing and there is even the opportunity to compete. Why not pop in and see the club in action! Please see our website for details

the W.I.  The Bourne W.I. is a group of ladies of uncertain age who meet at Brambleton Hall, Talbot Road on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 8 p.m..  They generally have a guest speaker, social time and refreshments.  Smaller groups are held during the month enjoying leisurely local rambles, a book club, handicraft group, music and verse and monthly pub lunches.  Members offer each other friendship and support.  For more details ring Marion on 01252 321859 or email at [email protected].


Care Farnham

CARE Farnham is a 'good neighbour' scheme set up 25 years ago to provide practical help on a short term basis to anyone living within the Farnham Town boundary to those in need of help by virtue of old age, frailty, immobility and ill-health. 

This could cover help in the home (typically after discharge from hospital), shopping, simple DIY, help in the garden etc.

In practice CARE Farnham has become a voluntary car scheme – 99% of its work is driving clients to medical appointments – doctors’ surgeries, hospitals, dentists, physiotherapy, podiatry etc.  CARE Farnham is contacted through a phone line (01252 716655) seven days a weeks from 9.30am to 4.00pm. CARE Farnham has approximately 65 active volunteer drivers and a further 15 or so duty officers (some double up as drivers) who man the phone line.

The Parish of St Thomas-on-The Bourne has been, and still is, a great provider of volunteers, but with ever increasing demand for their services, CARE Farnham is in urgent need of new volunteers. To find out more please phone the CARE number 01252 716655 or visit their website


Churches Together in Farnham

Churches Together in Farnham comprises 28 churches in and around the town, including almost all the Christian denominations.  Among  current CTF undertakings are the Christmas Day Lunch for people on their own, the Crib display at the Library, the United Service and daily Prayer Meetings for the Week of Christian Unity, the Good Friday Walk of Witness, and monthly Prayer Meetings throughout the year

In addition, CTF members and associate organisations engage in a huge range of activities involving the whole Farnham community — old, young, and middling — of any faith or none.  For more information, visit


Citizens Advice Bureau Farnham

Farnham Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)  provides information, advice and help across the whole range of problems faced by people in everyday life;  such as debt, employment concerns, relationship issues and consumer disputes. 

Farnham CAB is located in South Street, between the Methodist Church and the Council Locality Office.   It is open Monday to Wednesday 10 am to 1.30 pm, and Thursday midday to 4pm, when clients can ‘drop in ‘ for a short assessment interview.  This may provide the help they are looking for, or if more time is needed, an appointment will be made for a longer session.  It is also possible to arrange for an adviser to visit people who are housebound. Farnham CAB is part of Waverley Citizens Advice which provides a telephone advice line Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm - the number is 0844 848 7969.  In addition enquiries can be made by email to [email protected].

Farnham CAB is mainly staffed by volunteer advisers who have to undergo a rigorous training programme.  If you are interested in joining the team please drop in or telephone for a meeting. 


Farnham & Alton Talking NewspapersFarnham & Alton Talking Newspaper (FATN).  The FATN provides over 200 Blind and Partially Sighted listeners each week with a condensed version of the local newspapers for four areas around Farnham, and a monthly magazine edition.   FATN is based in the Chantrys and operates with three main groups of volunteers:  teams of editors and readers, recording engineers and production assistants. Recordings are transferred on to CDs and memory sticks and send them on to the listeners in special pouches.   The service is free to listeners.  Requests for distribution to a new sight impaired listener should be made to the FATN contact line on 01252 719266 (24 hour answerphone).  For more information visit


Farnham Ramblers

Farnham Ramblers was founded in 1962. We have an excellent, extensive and varied walk programme to cater for the demand of our 480+ members. It is a rolling programme aimed at all ages and abilities. Distances range from 2 miles to 11+ miles and there are walks every day in the summer months.  Some walks are specifically shorter and slower while others are faster and longer in order to cater for all abilities and desires. Non members are very welcome to join us and we often have walkers visiting from elsewhere - often because their group does not walk that day and/or because we have a welcoming and friendly reputation.  We hold regular well attended social events and have walking holidays twice a year, usually in the Spring and Autumn.

For the latest information about our walks and what we are up to, have a look at our website:  Non-members are very welcome to join our walks and hopefully you’ll see that we’re just the group for you.

Farnham Town Council


Discover all about Farnham - things to do for families for free, to enjoy the local countryside and wealthe of art and culture, and find out all about the services the town council offers.  Visit their website 


Farnham U3AFarnham U3A is part of the Third Age Trust, which represents local U3As throughout the UK.  It is an educational, self-help organisation providing study groups, recreational and social activities at minimal cost.  The intention is that there is sharing of learning and skills and the experience of older people is valued.  Farnham U3A was formed in 1990 and now has over 1,100 members.  For more information visit


Guildford Cathedral Guildford Cathedral is the mother church in the Diocese of Guildford and is an easy drive from Farnham taking only 15-20 minutes up the A31. Standing high on the hill overlooking Guildford, its more modern design is of grand proportions and it is well worth an occasional or regular visit. Keep an eye on their events and activities which are always professional and provide an uplifting experience.

St Thomas’ receives regular information about forthcoming services, musical events and other Cathedral activities and these are regularly displayed on the notice boards in St Thomas’. There is always an opportunity to get involved in voluntary work at the Cathedral. Visit their website and make contact:


Hart Male Voice ChoirHart Male Voice Choir takes its name from the district of Hart in North East Hampshire.   Formed in 1975, by five singers who rehearsed in the Chequers pub in Crookham Village, the choir still retains the hart and chequer board motifs in its logo.  The choir has grown to about 75 members and now rehearses in a restored 500 year old Cross Barn in the pretty Hampshire market town of Odiham.

About 20 concerts are given each year, and the choir also performs in festivals and choral competitions around the UK and overseas.  HMVC is proud of its high standard of musicality and looks forward with enthusiasm and confidence to greater success in the future.  For more information visit


Farnham Library Coffee Mornings. The coffee morningFarnham Library takes place on the comfy sofa area at the back of the Library, enjoying views over the beautiful grounds. It's an opportunity for the community to meet and mingle, be it young and older alike. All are welcome. We hope our Monday mornings offer the perfect opportunity for the wider community to connect with one another, and explore everything their local library has to offer. Running along-side our Coffee Morning is our new Storytime, which begins at 10:30am on Monday Mornings, and runs for an hour to including stories, crafts and songs. The sessions are free, and are aimed at 2yrs and up. Storytime starts at 10.30am, and the coffee morning soon after at 11am (Surrey term time only, exl. bank holidays). Farnham Library is an accessible building with a disabled toilet and a disabled parking bay.

Local Schools

Bourne School

The Parish has good links with all the junior schools in the parish. The clergy have visited many of them regularly to lead assemblies and the children are invited to submit drawings for the covers of the Easter and Christmas Parish magazines. Sometimes a school year may visit one of the Bourne Parish Churches as part of their religious education syllabus, and Children’s Christmas services are always well advertised throughout all the schools. 

Infant and Junior schools:

Special schools:

Secondary school



Phyllis Tuckwell HospiceThe Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice has touched the hearts of many people in The Bourne Parish and it relies on a massive fundraising effort to meet its daily spending costs.

The Hospice itself has residential care, but there is a day centre also and a comprehensive service of home support.

The Bourne Parish churches support the work of the Hospice in a variety of ways, including fundraising events. See the page of charities supported by the Parish.

There is great scope for a variety of volunteer jobs in the Hospice itself, and the local charity shops. The contact number for all enquiries is 01252 729446, so please make contact if you are able to help; visit our website at


Retirement, Care Homes & The House Bound

Grace House Residential Care Home

The Parish has strong links with the sheltered housing and care homes in the area.

Home Communion is taken regularly to residents of the Care Homes and Sheltered Housing schemes in the parish including Grace House, Abbeyfield Ridgway Court, Shepherd’s Court and Anchorstone.  

If you would like to receive Holy Communion at home and are unable to come to Church, please contact the Parish Office and they will arrange for someone to visit you.           


Royal British LegionThe Royal British Legion help members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, Reservists, veterans and their families all year round. We also campaign to improve their lives, organise the Poppy Appeal and remember the fallen.  

For more information visit


Tilbourne Players Tilbourne Players was formed by a merger of The Bourne Players and The Tilford Players. This new group puts on two plays a year and need not only actors, but also people to find props, help with costumes, sound and lighting, prompt, do make-up, stage manage, man the bar or serve refreshments. The weekend before each production everyone  helps to construct the set by erecting the flats, painting them and dressing the stage; then on the Sunday after the final performance it all has to be dismantled and put away. It's a good way of making new friends!
There is an active programme of social events, including Inter-amdram quizzes, walks and a pub lunch, garden parties, dinners and one act play evenings. So come along and have some fun. New members are always welcome regardless of ability or age.
More information at


Williams ClubThis popular club for the which meets every month in the centre of Farnham is a vital social lifeline for those suffering from various sight impairments.  Meetings can involve outside speakers giving an interesting talk, or musicians providing entertainment always followed by a delicious tea, but there is also a pub lunch in the winter, a country drive and cream tea provided by Farnham Rotary club in the summer, and a full day outing on a coach, often to the coast.  If you have a relative or friend with a sight problem, who might enjoy the fellowship, the Club will be happy to meet them in their homes and tell them more about it.  Several members of the parish take an active role in helping to run the club; indeed the current Chairman is a former churchwarden.  In addition, once a year, volunteers from the parish take a turn in preparing the afternoon tea for the club.  More volunteers are always welcome.  For more information about joining or volunteering visit their website  or contact Yvonne Bryant on 01252 713671.


Woodlarks Centre logo

The Woodlarks Centre has been providing care for physically disabled adults since 1949. Currently 22 adults are supported ensuring they have choices, they are kept safe, their dignity and human rights are respected and they are encouraged to be independent through their own decisions. The charity has an activity centre where residents are able to produce high quality art work such as mosaics, embroidery, rug making and splash paintings. 

There is an ongoing schedule of events in the home such as the 'Nibbles & Natter' morning on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10am. Other events taking place on a regular basis are pianists and sing-alongs, music bands, flower arranging, coffee mornings and bingo nights. Outside events such as shopping, particularly at Christmas, and now ice skating are being arranged. Each year on the last Friday in November at 10am there is a Christmas Fayre.  If you have time to give, the staff at Woodlarks would love to see you at any one of their events or just a visit to see who they are, what they do and possibly befriend one of the residents. A little time is all that is needed to brighten the lives of the residents or volunteer to help in the garden or with driving. Please call 01252 714041 or email  [email protected] and to enquire about events please call or email [email protected]   More information on their website:


Woodlarks Centre Campsite

Woodlarks Camp Site, Tilford Road, GU10 3RN

Half way between Farnham and Tilford lies Woodlarks Camp Site where groups of disabled people enjoy camping holidays each summer.  From May to September it is dotted with tents.  There are also support buildings, with disabled-friendly showers, toilets and indoor sleeping.  The 12 acre site includes a heated open-air swimming pool, a bird hide, trampoline, zip wire and woodland BBQ sites.  Here abilities are fostered and disabilities, however severe, are overcome. 

Special Needs schools book during term time.  From July onwards open weeks welcome anyone disabled according to age and interests.  All these weeks are staffed by volunteers, so for anyone looking for a worthwhile – even life transforming – adventure, this is the place to come. Woodlarks has no paid staff. In its 80 years it has been run entirely by volunteers.  Much maintenance work is carried out by volunteer working parties during the winter months and volunteers raise funds. For more information, contact Sarah on 01252 716279 or by email on [email protected].