St Martha Parish is one of the smallest of the 24 parishes in the Borough of Guildford in Surrey. There are fewer than 300 dwellings and a population of just over 600. The Parish, which is semi-rural, is situated within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and boasts some splendid views and wonderful scenery. Two major rights of way, The Downs Link and The North Downs Way, cross the Parish and intersect on St Martha's Hill next to St Martha's Church, which is situated at the summit. There are many footpaths and bridleways, all of which are well used for recreation by walkers, horse riders and cyclists.
The Parish of St Martha is in the village of Chilworth and is bordered by the parishes of Albury to the east, Wonersh to the south, Shalford to the west and Holy Trinity to the north. To the south of St Martha's Hill is the beautiful Tillingbourne Valley.
GBC have now signed the development agreement with Land Securities for the comprehensive redevelopment of the North Street site. This is a landmark moment for this major project, which will enhance the vitality of the entire town centre.
After the success of last year’s Tidy Up Programme, Guildford Borough Council is offering extra help to parishes and town centre wards again.
St Martha's Church is a well-loved landmark within the Parish, and is especially magical when it is illuminated during the evenings at Christmas time. The church, which dates back to about the twelfth century, became a ruin after the dissolution of the monasteries and was restored during the nineteenth century.