New Inn Farmhouse

The oldest surviving building in Burpham

Moira McQuaide Hall’s history of Burpham

Now the oldest surviving building in Burpham, New Inn Farmhouse dates back to at least the 1600s, with later extensions and alterations. The origin of the name has been lost in the mists of time – was it an inn at some point or did the name reflect a new inn nearby?

1869 OS map showing New Inn Farmhouse

It was shown on a map of 1690, but by the early 1700s it was a working farm, run by John Atfield. Lord Onslow bought most of the land in Burpham from Robert Wroth in about 1720 and continued to own it until the early 1900s. The farm land extended back from London Road to where the railway line is now and from New Inn Lane across to almost the Anchor and Horseshoes pub. It was quite common for one farmer to either own or rent farm land across wide areas and in 1841 William Francis Pimm, who owned Marlyn’s, farmed New Inn Farm as well as much of Weylea Farm and part of Bower’s Farm. By 1887 it was recorded as being part of Winterhill Farm.

In 1905 Lord Onslow put the farm up for sale and it was described as “An attractive dwelling house, built of brick with partly tiled walls and tile roofed. It included an attic, four bedrooms, bathroom, two boxrooms and WC on upper floor. On the ground floor there were two good sitting rooms, kitchen, scullery, dairy and larders. There was also a garden and orchard.” William Winzer was the last farmer to work New Inn Farm, from 1915 to about 1950. The land was sold to a developer in the early 1950s, who created a housing estate, with police houses, and George Abbot School. In later years the Church of the Holy Spirit, Burpham Homes and many more houses were also built on the old farmland. The farmhouse was sold in 1952, along with outbuildings including stables and “a small hovel”. Other farm buildings were sold separately.

Sales particulars for New Inn Farm 1905

In the late 1960s the farmhouse was sold again, described as “A 16th century old-world Surrey farmhouse…having quaint low beamed ceilings and brick fireplaces.” It was bought by Dr Derek Parkin, to be the doctor’s surgery for the next 20 years. Then Dr Leon Barbour bought the building and took over the surgery. After his retirement he continued to own the building but the surgery was run by other doctors, and latterly with the chiropractic clinic in one part of the house. Sadly, the surgery has now closed and there is no longer a GP in Burpham. Time will tell what happens next in the story of this historic building.

If you are willing to share your memories and/or photos to tell us more about Burpham then please contact Moira MacQuaide, either by e-mail ( or by phone or text (07963 756543). My two books (‘The History of Burpham Primary School’ and ‘Burpham – A Gateway to Guildford’) are still available from me for £10 (free delivery locally) or on Amazon.


Animal therapy

When you’ve been used to sharing your home with someone, whether it be a spouse, aged parent, or even children, and it is suddenly silent and empty when you return, it can double that feeling of loss.

Animals can be a valuable help and comfort in dealing with bereavement.

No-one to share your day with, mull over problems or even to share a meal. So, taking in a pet, whether it be dog or cat, or even a bird or tortoise, can give companionship in such circumstances.

A dog or a cat perhaps would not only give comfort but possibly develop a whole new lease of life for its owner, meeting new friends on the daily walks.

It is now well known that to stroke an animal is therapeutic and many care homes now allow new residents to bring their pets as well. I’ve known some care homes who invite a visiting dog to meet the residents once or twice a week, and I’ve certainly seen care home cats, making themselves at home.

We hear all the time about the amazing support dogs, such as hearing dogs, but everyday pets are equally amazing. Some acting as alerts when the phone rings or someone is at the door, giving their owners a nudge if they feel they are nodding off and it has been known for dogs to keep their owners warm when they have fallen and been unable to get up and are waiting for help to arrive.

Obviously, this isn’t for everybody but if you or someone you know gives this some serious consideration you need to ensure it is not going to be a burden and you or they would be able to cope. It is also a good idea to consider a rescue animal; the charity involved will always try to match the right person with the right pet.

Burpham Gardening Club News

Written by John Boon

January & February 2020

Congratulations to Carol Bennett the winner of the Club’s 2019 Banksian Medal and to David and Pat Taylor of Farm Cott, Merrow Lane who have won the Deane Trophy for Best Kept Summer Front garden. We look forward to hearing Paul Patton’s talk on January 28th on Growing Vegetables for the Kitchen.

Things to do in the garden in January.

  • On a dry day lightly dig over the vegetable patch to let the frost in, well rotted manure or compost should then be dug into the soil and left until the plot is ready to be cultivated.
  • Apple and Pear trees can now be pruned, on older mature trees congested growth should be cut away to increase airflow thus improving the quality of next seasons fruit, cut back to a fruit bud which is large and rounded to encourage the formation of fruiting branches, one year old shoots should be pruned back to a slender growth bud. whilst the tree is dormant in can be sprayed with an oil based product to kill off overwintering Aphids, Scale Insects and Red Spider Mites.
  • We will all have received House Plants as gifts over the Christmas Period, Poinsettias need a minimum temperature of 16-19°C, Amarllis prefer to be slightly warmer and Azaleas like to be slightly cooler but you will be more likely to kill them by overwatering, the best rule to follow is only water when the pot feels light, the exception is the Azalea which has a very compact root system which dries out very quickly and needs to be kept watered preferably with rainwater.

On wet, cold and windy days the only enjoyable task is to look through the many catalogues which have been landing on the doormat recently

  • On wet, cold and windy days the only enjoyable task is to look through the many catalogues which have been landing on the doormat recently so that you can plan your displays for the forthcoming Summer.

Things to do in the garden in February.

  • In the middle of this month you can give your indoor Tomatoes and Cucumbers an early start by sowing the seed at 21°C.
  • If the weather is mild an early sowing of Broad Beans, Carrots, Beetroot, Parsnips and Peas can be made under cloches.
  • Early Potatoes should be chitted in a light, cool, frost free place.
  • Dahlias can now be started into growth in pots to provide cuttings for extra plants this coming Summer.
  • Sow Sweet Peas and pot on those sown in the Autumn.
  • Protect Lilies’, Delphiniums, Lupin, and Hosta shoots from slugs and snails.
  • Top dress flower beds and borders with a balanced dressing of a fertiliser such as Growmore.
  • Prune Mahonia after flowering to encourage branching.
  • Cut back Wisteria side shoots to two or three buds.
  • Cut back late Summer and Autumn flowering Clematis to the lowest of a pair of strong buds.
  • Deadhead Winter flowering Heathers once the flowers have faded with a pair of shears.
  • Scarify and spike the lawn when the grass is reasonably dry to improve drainage and growth.

To join the club or our meetings Call John Boon on 01483 874123

Flying Light in 2020

Written by Ali Fisher

We are increasingly concerned about, and mindful of, our environmental footprint on the planet. But are enough of us considering our wing-print in the skies?

Burpham is just 20 miles away from the World’s 7th busiest airport,
carrying 78 million passengers every year i. Whilst air travel might account for only 3% of European greenhouse gas emissions ii, here are a few reasons you might want to think about whether you can fly lighter this year:

  • If global aviation was a country,
  • it would rank amongst the 10 most polluting nations.iii
  • UK CO2 emissions from aviation have doubled over the last 20-25 years and are predicted to continue to grow.iv
  • One transatlantic flight can create the same carbon footprint as an average year of driving.v
  • Avoiding one long-haul flight can save more emissions than switching to green energy or eating a plant-based (See diagram below)
  • More Brits flew abroad in 2018 than any other nationality, flying 126.2m times.vii

So, with Heathrow & Gatwick right on our doorstep, what can we do
to fly lighter in 2020?

Fly less

Join the 20% of the public who say they have already reduced the number of flights they take because of climate concerns.viii

Business connections:
If you fly with work, can you switch any flights for remote connections? Tech is absolutely our friend here. 

Perhaps your next holiday could be UK based? Last summer saw a 13% increase in the number of Brits booking hotels at home.ix Or be part of
the 21 million UK camping & caravanning trips predicted for 2020, with Brits choosing to ‘get away from it all’, ‘connect with nature’ and disconnect from tech.x Fancy a few nights away in a bell tent, pod or a yurt? There are plenty of top notch camping and glamping sites right here in our beautiful Surrey.

Their high speed trains emit up to 90% less carbon London to Paris compared to flying and produce less carbon per passenger than individual car journeys from central London to Heathrow!xi (See diagram below)

Hashtag your tagskryt:
If you are one of the groovy people taking the time to enjoy the lesser emission emitting train travel, then share your ‘train brag’ with others and #tagskryt on social media. Let’s swap out flight shame and swap in train pride. 

Ask for climate perks:
Ask your employer to sign up to Climate Perks, offering additional holiday days to enable ‘slow’ travel as an alternative to flying. 

Fly smarter

This is an area of heated debate as it’s still keeping planes and pollution in the air. But if you are flying, consider off-setting to support other means of fighting the climate crisis such as tree planting.

At the moment only 1% of passengers choose to offset but this has grown 140-fold in ten years and offset 430m tonnes of emissions.xii 

Fly direct:
If you do fly, try and go direct wherever possible. According to a 2010 NASA report, 25% of airplane emissions come from taxiing, take-off and landing.xiii

Fly economy:
The more space efficient we are when we fly, the fewer planes we need in the air. Business class carries around triple the carbon sins of economy and First class four times.xiv 

Consider off-setting to support other means of fighting the climate crisis such as tree planting. At the moment only 1% of passengers choose to offset.

Share your flygskam:
If you already feel ‘flygskam’ or ‘flight shame’ – an expression born in Greta Thunberg’s native Sweden – share it with others. A problem shared is a problem halved and it might inspire others to fly lighter this year.

Be a conscious consumer:
If you are flying, ask your airline what they are doing to combat the climate emergency. Customers have power – look at the changes we have seen in the last 2 years in reducing single-use plastics.

What are the airlines doing to combat their growing carbon footprint?

Airlines have been investing in light-weighting and stream-lining designs
to reduce fuel consumption, cutting an estimated 1-2% of emissions a year.xv

Sustainable aviation fuel:
IAG, parent company to British Airways, recently announced an investment of $400m in developing more sustainable aviation fuels.xvi

Electric & hybrids:
Rolls-Royce, Airbus & Siemens partnered to develop the E-Fan X fully electric two-seater plane which flew across the English Channel in 2015. Their target is to have zero CO2 emission aircraft by the early 2030s for domestic and short-haul flights.xvii

Some airlines are investing in off-setting. It doesn’t take the problem away but it is a positive interim step. Easyjet announced at the end of 2019 that they would be investing £25m annually in carbon offsets.

So where does that leave us?

The UK is committed to net zero greenhouse gases by 2050. Yet in aviation, technological improvements are creating just 1% annual carbon savings as the industry continues to grow at 4-5% a year. So everything we can do to fly less and fly smarter this year should set us up for a lighter wing print and a lot less flygskam!

i Christine Bednarz/National Geographic (10/2018) The 10 busiest airports in the world.
ii & iii European Commission. Reducing emissions from aviation.
iv Stuart Clark/The Guardian (11/2019) Can we have net zero emissions and still fly?
v Duncan Clark/The Guardian (9/2010) The surprisingly complex truth about planes and climate change.
vi Signe Dean/Science Alert (7/2018. There’s one simple thing you should do if you really want to reduce your carbon footprint.
vii Stuart Clark/The Guardian (11/2019) Can we have net zero emissions and still fly?
viii Edie (11/2019) From plastics to rewilding: How Eurostar is gaining a competitive edge in the era of eco-travel.–How-Eurostar-is-gaining-a-competitive-edge-in-the-era-of-eco-travel/6947
ix Phil Davies/Travel Weekly (3/2019. Summer staycation searches and bookings ‘up by a third’.
x International Glamping Business (1/2017) Glamping more popular than ever in the UK.
xi Edie (11/2019) From plastics to rewilding: How Eurostar is gaining a competitive edge in the era of eco-travel.–How-Eurostar-is-gaining-a-competitive-edge-in-the-era-of-eco-travel/6947
xii John Vidal/The Guardian (8/2019) Offsetting carbon emissions: ‘It has proved a minefield.’
xiii Tatiana Schlossberg/The New York Times (7/2017) Flying is bad for the planet. You can help make it better.
xiv BBC News (8/2019) Climate change: Should you fly, drive or take the train?
xv Helen Coffey/The Independent (6/2019) Flygskam: What is the flight-shaming enivornmental
movement that’s sweeping Europe?
xvi International Airlines Group (10/2019) IAG backs net zero emissions by 2050.
xvii Stuart Clark/ The Guardian (11/2019) Can we have net zero emissions and still fly?


A new kind of New Year’s promise

What really matters most in your life? When you get to the end of your life what will be most valuable to you? Or you perhaps think of it the other way around, if you lost something, what would have the biggest impact on your long-term wellbeing and happiness?

This is a question we need to know the answer to, and then ensure our life is actually directed to what we think is most important. It makes sense to invest our time, energy and direction in life towards what is most significant to us in life. For example, if what is most valuable is my family, then why am I investing all my time at work, rather than building relationships with my family. Or, if my friends are the most important to me, why am I worrying about and spending so much time and money on what I look like and what I wear!

Once we are aware of our life’s values and direction, the next question is: are we investing our lives towards that end.

I was listening to a BBC podcast recently and it was commenting on how daily news informs us of only what they think we should know about that day. Although the commentator was an atheist, he could see benefits of the church when dealing with issues such as community, values, forgiveness and asking the big questions of life. He was suggesting having rejected church we no longer have an effective place to form or reflect on our life’s values? Where do we get our values from? Daily news, our parents, the TV or somewhere else? Are we even aware of where our values come from, or even what they are? First of all we must be clear what our values are and where they have come from. We will need genuine openness and true humility here!

Once we are aware of our life’s values and direction, the next question is: are we investing our lives towards that end. Of course, there are everyday needs we have to fulfil to survive in our world. I love running marathons (I understand that is not most people’s joy!), however, you can see how foolish I would be to spend most of my time training in the swimming pool or even doing nothing, rather than running on the local trails!

We need to STOP and reflect on what we want our lives to be about and see if our life is really going in that direction.

My greatest value is God, and so I try and invest most of my energy in talking to Him, serving Him and spending time with Him. However, left to my own devices I tend to do the same things, so each year I need to stop and spend time reflecting on and reviewing my life. How will I spend my energy in 2020? What about you?

Happy New Year!

Rev James Levasier


Church office: 01483 825533

Community Spotlight:

The Benefits of a Challenge… Alain Michelotti – a chiropractor’s view

Interview by Paul Nicholls

Here in Burpham and Jacobs Well, although relatively small villages, we have many local residents who week in and week out do the most amazing things. Whether they are working in the local community, volunteering to help others or taking on inspiring challenges. We thought it would be interesting to talk to some of these people and find out a little more about their lives and explore what it is that they do and what motivates them.

In this issue we talk to Alain Michelotti, former principal at the Guildford Chiropractic Centre, currently on London Road Burpham. Previously Alain had run the chiropractic practice but the business has now been taken on by Philip Hehir and Annie Colman and Alain remains as physiotherapist and chiropractor helping clients to manage a range of musculoskeletal complaints.

In 2019 Alain decided to take on the challenge of the infamous GR20, trail in Corsica, reputedly Europe’s hardest long-distance trek. The full Grande Randonnée (GR) 20 covers one hundred and seventy kilometres traversing Corsica’s rocky spine, with a total of nineteen thousand metres of
ascent and descent, taking fifteen days walking for a minimum of six hours a day.

We asked Alain “what made you decide to take on the GR20 in 2019?”
“I had been dreaming about this for years but had always found a good reason such as family commitments or work to put it off.

Then, one day, I realised that it was becoming more difficult to bend down and get up again without using my arms for support. That was my ‘light-bulb moment’ – if I didn’t get on with it now, I may never do it – so I decided to start preparing for a major trekking expedition.”

Did you have anyone to do the trek with or did you go it alone?
“The GR20 in Corsica is known to be a difficult trek. It’s a waymarked route running from north to south of the island which goes through some very wild and beautiful scenery. Initially, I had some serious misgivings about the wisdom of the whole idea, especially given my advancing years (all 72 of them!) so there was no way I was going to do it alone. I therefore contacted a childhood friend who I knew to be a good moun-taineer and asked him to accompany me. Having got his agreement, I was ready to start to prepare both mind and body for the challenge.”

What about preparing for the expedition itself?
“Never having done a trek of this kind before, I had a steep learning curve ahead of me. Fortunately, the internet is a valuable source of information for anyone preparing for an expedition of this kind. The first stage was to obtain all the necessary equipment and to learn how to use it. I therefore set about borrowing, hiring or buying all the kit I was going to need. As I went through this process, I came into contact with a lot of people, whose
advice, hints and tips proved invaluable to me as a complete novice.

As far as the physical preparation is concerned, the best way to challenge and train oneself is to practise hiking. Surrey is full of suitable terrain for this kind of exercise but Box Hill became my preferred training ground. My aim was to be able to walk without difficulty for a minimum of 7 hours per day with a rucksack weighing approximately 15 kilos.

Several people provided particular practical and psychological help during
my preparation. Without wishing to name anyone in particular I will just mention a couple who own a small independent local sports shop where I bought most of my equipment, my trainer at the gym where I enrolled for regular training sessions and a couple of friends who accompanied me several times on my practice hikes. No doubt these friendly facilitators will recognise themselves if they read this article.”

Many people do this sort of event as a fundraising exercise, did you do it for personal satisfaction or did you seek sponsorship?
“At the beginning I kept quiet about the challenge that I was setting myself as I was slightly concerned that I wouldn’t manage to achieve my goal. However, thanks to the support and encouragement of my wife, I soon changed my mind and decided to seek sponsorship for a local charity.

That was my ‘light-bulb moment’ – if I didn’t get on with it now, I may never do it – so I decided to start preparing for a major trekking expedition.

After much reflection (there are so many worthy causes out there), I decided on TALK, a Surrey-based organisation which supports people with communication difficulties (aphasia) after a stroke.”

Ultimately, did the the challenge live up to your dreams?
“I have often noticed that the time taken preparing for an important challenge seems disproportionally long compared to the time taken by the challenge itself. Fortunately, this is usually compensated for by the intensity of the emotions generated by the undertaking. Indeed, such was the case for my trek on the GR20. Interesting people, amusing incidents, breath-taking scenery, fascinating flora and fauna – all came together to make this one of the most memorable experiences of my life.”

As a physiotherapist and chiropractor would you recommend this sort of challenge to anyone else?
“If you are in good health, my advice would be not to postpone embarking on this kind of adventure. It will be a source of both intellectual and physical stimulation. It will allow you to discover inner resources of which you were previously quite unaware. In addition, sponsorship can be a humbling exercise and you will realise just how generous people can be.
Speaking from my own experience, and contrary to all expectations, I returned from this trek in better physical shape than when I departed and now it is no longer a problem for me to get up from a squatting position without the support of my arms. Why don’t you give it a try?”

For more information visit

Donations can be sent directly to Joanna Matthews, TALK Aphasia Support, PO Box 655, Epsom KT17 9NL


Community Update January 2020

We wish you all a very Happy New Year!

The Guildford Dragon

Those brave souls who turned out on a very chilly evening back in November to hear a talk on the Guildford Dragon enjoyed a most entertaining evening. Martin Giles, co-founder and editor, gave a very informative presentation about the online newspaper. The Dragon came into being in 2012 with the aim of providing a good quality Guildford focussed news service that would be delivered by Guildford reporters – you can find out more about the history of the Dragon by visiting the website and clicking on the About Us heading. Martin outlined the wide range of news covered, and the need to distinguish between fact and opinion. He noted the scrutiny role of the Dragon, especially with regard to our Borough and County Councils, and emphasised the need for accurate impartial reporting. A lively discussion followed Martin’s talk and several members of the audience who had not tried this valuable local asset resolved to give it a go.

If you would like to find out what’s going on in your community and have not yet tried the Dragon, go to:


A message from Andy Clapham, BCA Chairman
Liz Critchfield, our long serving and long suffering secretary, has decided to retire from this position at the AGM next May. She has played an important part in many of the BCA’s successes and in keeping the BCA going over several years and we are very grateful for her efforts.

We are also concerned as to how to replace her in the secretary’s role and really need one or more volunteers. Anyone who thinks they may
be able to contribute or would like more information please email

SCC has announced that all charges for countryside
car parks will be rescinded from April 2020.

Climate Change

David Attenborough has said that climate change is humanity’s greatest threat. It could lead to the extinction of much of the natural world and local communities need to help counter this threat.

How should Guildford react to the climate emergency?
This is the question the Guildford Environment Forum (GEF) will be asking at our public meeting on January 20th. Henrietta Stock, who trained with Al Gore in the US, has helped to prepare a short presentation, which GEF trust will spark plenty of audience discussion. Members of GEF’s Climate Crisis Group will attend the talks and answer questions. We hope many of you will come along to listen, join in the discussion and find out what we can do as individuals and households to make a positive difference. Join us at Sutherland Memorial Hall on 20th January at 8pm.

Dates for your diary

  • Monday 20th January: Climate Change Presentation
  • Monday 16th March: To be announced
  • Monday 18th May: Annual General Meeting of both the BCA and the Burpham Neighbourhood Forum

Don’t forget the Winter Lectures every Friday in January, 8pm in the Village Hall.

Help by joining the Burpham Community Association today!

Subscriptions are just £8 per household or £4 per single occupancy to join now in 2018, and help contribute to the BCA fighting to protect our village and community. To join the BCA or renew your subscription, please fill in the form below and click ‘submit’. You can pay with your bank:

Account Name: Burpham Community Association
Sort Code: 40-22-26
Account Number: 41049194

To get in touch with the BCA: Contact the secretary on phone 01483 567791 or visit the website at