Covering East Chilworth, between Shalford and Albury in Surrey, St Martha Parish is an active Parish Council serving the local community.
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 Marthas Hill next to St Marthas 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 with its historic Gunpowder Mills Site - a scheduled ancient monument in a pretty woodland setting with a guided trail.
St Martha Parish Council is made up of 7 councillors who meet regularly to discuss local parish issues.
The Council is made up of 7 Councillors who are elected every four years. GBC Councillors are also represented on the Council. We have 2 vacancies - see below.
Good governance, accountability and transparency are essential to St Martha Parish Council.
Guildford Borough Council ask Parish Councillors to comment on all planning applications in the parish.
The next St Martha Parish Council meetings are shown below.
The next Ordinary meeting of St Martha Parish Council will be held on Thursday 18th July 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in Chilworth C of E School.
Come and join the Guildford Borough Council Countryside Wardens and the “Friends of the Gunpowder Mills” for a volunteer work party on Sunday 21st July 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. We will be removing the invasive plant Himalayan Balsam to help preserve the range of species on site. Meet at the picnic area at the bottom of Vera’s Path at 9:30 a.m. Look out for a white Land Rover if you arrive a little later. Tools, gloves, drinks, biscuits, and cake provided. Any questions please contact the Countryside Wardens at firstname.lastname@example.org
St Martha-on-the-Hill is the Parish Church for the Ecclesiastical Parish of Chilworth. The village of Chilworth also has a Parish Centre of Worship - St Thomas' - an attractive 1890s Arts & Crafts building in Shalford Civil Parish.
Contact for both churches: The Revd Stephanie Sokolowski - 01483 534293 or click on this link to view their website.
Following two resignations, the Parish Council is seeking to fill two vacancies, until the next election in May 2019. There is a course being run by GBC (see News Items) on 29th October which will let you know more about being a councillor if you are interested.
As a resident, your opinions are important. Training and support is available.
Why not come along to a Parish Council Meeting – talk to Councillors and see how a Council Meeting works! We hold meetings once a month at Chilworth C of E Infant School If you feel you could contribute to the work of the Council and would like to be considered for this role, please contact the Clerk, Anne Tait – Parish Clerk – telephone: 07976 778864, or e-mail: email@example.com