The St Martha Parish Council

Covering East Chilworth, between Shalford and Albury in Surrey, St Martha Parish is an active Parish Council serving the local community..

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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

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.

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All Council meetings are public meetings, with their agenda published here and on our Notice boards. Minutes are also available to view.

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Good governance, accountability and transparency are essential to St Martha Parish Council.

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Guildford Borough Council ask Parish Councillors to comment on all planning applications in the parish.

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Next Meetings

The next St Martha Parish Council meetings are shown below.

Next Council Meeting

The next Ordinary meeting of St Martha Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 18th March 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in Chilworth C of E Infant School.

Next Gunpowder Mills Meeting

The next meeting of ‘The Friends’ is to be held on Wednesday 26th February 2020 in the Percy Arms at 6:30 p.m. The Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Gunpowder Mills will be held on Wednesday 21st October 2020 in Chilworth Village Hall at 7:30 p.m

Recent News Items

The Churches of St Martha on the Hill and St Thomas

St Martha on the Hill and St Thomas

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: