Sometime’s it’s tough being a parent

Your help could make all the difference.

Celebrating our amazing volunteers!

Home-Start Guildford is a family support charity covering the Borough of Guildford. Our trained, home-visiting volunteers with parenting experience, support families struggling to cope with post-natal depression, mental health, illness/disability of parent or child, multiple births, family breakdown and financial worries.

Due to current restrictions, we are supporting families via remote means as well as socially distanced outdoor visits. As soon as government guidance allows, we’ll be back to providing emotional and practical support to parents and young children in the family home. Could you be one of our fantastic volunteers making a huge difference to local families?

  • Can you spare a few hours each week to help a family with young children?
  • Are you interested in learning new skills on our friendly, free volunteer training course?

Our next Volunteer Preparation Course starts in Spring 2021 and we are inviting applications now!
Please call Lelani on 01483 511181 or email for more information.

Registered Charity 1154609


Burpham Bowling Club redevelopment

The bowling green and Burpham Bowling Club clubhouse in Sutherland Memorial Park.

If you are a regular user of Sutherland Memorial Park, you may have noticed that M J Pryce builders have set up in the car park by the tennis courts. They are there to start work on a long planned refurbishment of the bowling clubhouse.

It is likely to take about three months and is the reason why the path along the front of the bowling club is now not accessible. Sorry about that!

The refurbishment is planned to make better use of the internal space of the clubhouse and provide a new, and more accessible, entrance. Burpham is a popular club with a good level of membership. In estate agents’ parlance the clubhouse is ‘compact’ so this project is intended to improve its internal space and accessibility.

We intend to make the clubhouse available for hire as a space more suited to local community groups looking for a cosier space, complementing the larger premises of the Memorial Hall close by.

The changes will enhance the clubhouse facilities, particularly for the club’s social side which continues throughout the winter. We intend to make the clubhouse available for hire as a space more suited to local community groups looking for a cosier space, complementing the larger premises of the Memorial Hall close by.

The club has very recently signed a new lease with Guildford Borough Council and the Council has agreed to provide a generous contribution to the costs of the refurbishment. We lost a number of grants when the fund raising activities of grant giving organisations were cancelled because of the Covid19 pandemic. Despite that setback the members rallied round and raised the (considerable) funds through their hard work and generosity, and the support of some local business sponsors.

The work is scheduled to finish in time for the start of the 2021 season in April.

The work is scheduled to finish in time for the start of the 2021 season in April. We will be arranging an official ‘re-opening’ of the club house and some celebratory events. We hope people will come and see the refurbished premises, relax by the green and try their hand at bowls. Great fun but, and like so many sports, more challenging than it looks. You’re never to young to start – Ed Morris, the current English men’s singles champion is just 32 – and we provide free coaching. You’ve just about got time to qualify for the 2022 Commonwealth Games!

Geoff Sheldon
Burpham Bowling Club Vice President

Everyone is welcome at the race for life Guildford

This year, everyone is invited to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Guildford.

The charity’s much-loved events are returning to the town but are no longer restricted to female participants.

This means everybody can be part of the empowering Race for Life movement – and show support for the 51,400 people diagnosed with cancer every year in the South East.

“This year, our Race for Life events are open to everyone.”

The Race for Life and Pretty Muddy events take place at Stoke Park on Sunday, July 26 and are open to people of all ages and abilities.

Georgina Horne, Cancer Research UK’s Event Manager for Guildford, said: “This year, our Race for Life events are open to everyone.

“We’re sending a heart-felt message to anybody who’s thought about signing up in the past but for one reason or another hasn’t got round to it. This is your year – please seize the opportunity to register and become part of the Race for Life community.

She added: “Our events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting. Participants take part at their own pace – taking as much time as they like to complete the course. For some people, the Race for Life is literally a walk in the park. For others, it’s a jog or a run.

Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research.

“Although ‘Race’ features in the name, our events are not competitive. Instead, ‘the Race for Life’ is about our doctors, nurses and scientists working as hard and fast as possible to help more people survive.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research.

Georgina continued: “This year, we’re urging mums, dads, nans, grandpas, brothers, sisters, friends and workmates to show their support by joining the Race for Life. It’s a perfect example of everyday people doing an extraordinary thing – uniting in a common cause to beat cancer.”

Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research.

That’s why money raised through the Race for Life events is vital. It funds world-class research to help beat 200 types of cancer – including bowel cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, testicular cancer, brain
cancer, children’s cancers and leukaemia.

Georgina said: “The Race for Life is a powerful, inspirational movement which unites participants in Guildford with people across the South East and the whole of the UK.

“People get together and remember loved ones lost or celebrate the lives of those who have survived. At the same time, they are helping to make a difference to people with the disease, right now.

“Please go to the Race for Life website, choose an event, and sign up today.”

To enter, visit

Guildford Saints Under 18 Girls football team are looking for new players

We are an enthusiastic and friendly team looking to expand our side. We train at the new sports facilities at Woking Sportsbox every Monday evening with a qualified football coach and play matches on Sunday.

If you are in years 11, 12 or 13 and would like to get fit, have fun playing football and meet new friends, do join us. Call Julie Newth on 07887 751529.

Burpham Residents’ Winter Lectures

They’re back! This January we have five new Winter Lectures starting at 8pm every Friday in January, and they will take place in the Village Hall. The lectures are given by local people for local people and are completely FREE. Please come along to dispel the winter blues.

3rd January 2020
The great man himself, George Abbot
with Andrew Plumridge

10th January 2020
All along Route 66
with Sue Hackman

17th January 2020
To be confirmed

24th January 2020
The street names of Burpham
with Moira McQuaide

31st January 2020
The useful art of negotiation
with Derek Arden

Bizet’s Carmen – Opera in the Surrey Hills

All profits will help Home-Start Guildford continue to support local families who are struggling in difficult circumstances.

On Saturday 7th September from 2.30pm join us for Rogue Opera’s highly acclaimed production of one of the greatest operas of all time Bizet’s Carmen. An exclusive performance in the idyllic grounds of a Surrey Hills home, above West Horsley.

Tickets are £55 (early bird offer – first 100 tickets £45) no charge for U16s. Buy online now at or call 01483 511181 or email

For full event details & food options visit