Discover your inner artist in Guildford's Big Draw 2019. The world’s biggest drawing festival the Big Draw is back with the theme of ‘drawn to life’. This is the seventh year Guildford Council has coordinated a programme of workshops at a variety of exciting venues throughout the borough and this year there are a few surprises.
Cllr Pauline Searle, Lead Councillor of Arts, Parks and Countryside says: 'There are a host of fantastic workshops on offer for all ages and most are free. One exciting new workshop for 2019 is a sewing session on a canal boat at Dapdune Wharf with artist Beth Hopkins thanks to Surrey Arts and Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development.
Those taking part will have the opportunity to travel down the River Wey while exploring mindful stitching. You can make a scroll at Guildford Cathedral, have a go at dot painting at the Park Barn Centre and much more. Lakeside Nature Reserve also opens its doors for mandala pebble painting.
We always offer an array of workshops for families and children and also have ‘drink and draw’ adults only sessions at The Boileroom with illustrator Andrew Thomson.’
The Big Draw is an arts education charity promoting visual literacy and the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning and invention. One of the Council’s key priorities is wellbeing by encouraging and supporting residents in actively looking after their health. Kate Mason, Director of the Big Draw explains: ‘This year our Festival theme will invite event organisers to celebrate and explore the benefits of being actively creative to make positive change and improve wellbeing. This positive impact could be for an individual, group or even an entire community, bringing people together to help champion the ever increasing evidence, both anecdotal and academic, that a more creative life really can improve your health.’
The borough’s Big Draw Patron for the second year is Guildford based light installation artist Mary Branson. Mary is the only artist to have a sculpture ‘New Dawn’ celebrating the centenary of the Suffrage in the House of Parliament.
She says: ‘I’m proud to be involved with Big Draw again, being able to express yourself creatively is so important for all ages and festivals such as this a wonderful way for everyone to get involved. There is so much inspiration in Surrey with so many beautiful and inspiring landscapes. Art is a universal language that helps us explore creativity and express our feelings and emotion. I look forward to seeing all of your the fantastic artwork!’
The festival runs from Saturday 5 October until Saturday 2 November. To see all available sessions visit: www.guildford.gov.uk/visitguildford/TheBigDraw
An application has been lodged with Guildford Borough Council by British Telecommunications for a Consultation on the removal of the public phone kiosk opposite Budgens, Station Parade, Ockham Road South, East Horsley.
This application will be discussed at the East Horsley Council meeting on 21 October. The full agenda will be posted during the preceeding week.
This is in addition to the planning appeal which they have started with the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) over the non-determination of their previous application (19/P/00634) - effectively GBC ran out of the statutory planning time. The new application appears to be identical to the previous one and is based on their latest slightly revised plans.
The public consultation to alter the existing boundary between the parishes of East Horsley and Effingham and also to increase the number of councillors ends 5pm Friday 18 October.
This review proposes revision of the parish boundary close to Effingham Common, where five residential roads (Heath View, Heathway, Berrington Drive, Orchard Close and Forest Lane) are split across the parishes of East Horsley and Effingham. The review will also consider an increase in the number of elected members to EHPC from nine to twelve. GBC is writing directly to those residents living within the area of the proposed boundary move.
Please visit: www.guildford.gov.uk/comgovrev for information about how you can register your views.
Or in writing: John Armstrong, Democratic Services Manager, Guildford Borough Council, Millmead, GU2 4BB
Please respond no later than 5pm on Friday 18 October and ensure you state your name and address clearly.
As part of this review full copies of all representations will be made available for public inspection.
The formal request from East Horsley Parish Council to start a Community Governance Review, was agreed in August by Guildford Borough Council.
GBC will consider the formal report at its council meeting on 3 December.
If approved, GBC will make an Order to change the boundary and increase the number of elected members. Consequently, GBC would then apply to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England to request the ward boundary is also changed to be coterminous with the new parish boundary. Please do respond to the consultation on either or both the boundary change or increase in Parish Councillors.
The West Horsley Village Fete was hugely successful and we thank all the organisers and volunteers.
West Horsley Councillor Catherine Young said, "It was a brilliant day, huge thanks to everyone involved in getting it together, and to everyone who came to take part, and everyone else who simply turned up to make it a very very special day for the Village. Thank you also to our hosts West Horsley Place - the perfect setting for a perfect afternoon."
A Vision 33 consultation day was held in the village on 22 June to look at Station Parade (east side) and gauge reaction to different schemes featuring a number of arrangements for cars and pedestrians. We are most grateful to the many people that took time to give their opinions on the various options.
Detailed results are available click here.
This is a long-term project and it may be many years before funding is available to implement any of the suggestions outlined above, but it is important to have a master plan, not just for Station Parade but also for Bishopsmead Parade and Effingham Junction. There will be many more opportunities for consultation as we develop our ideas for improving our shopping facilities.
Planning application from Catesby Estates was submitted in April 2019 for Lollesworth Fields which is land to the west of Ockham Road North KT24 6PU adjacent to the railway to the rear of Chicane and Quintons. .
Further documents have been added to the planning application page in the last few days please use this reference to view GBC Planning reference 19/P/00634
Oak processionary moth (OPM) infestations have been sighted in and around East Horsley. Please report any sightings at www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/tree-alert/
The caterpillars (larvae) of OPM are pests of oak trees, and a hazard to human and animal health. OPM was first accidentally introduced to England in 2005, and is subject to a government-led programme of survey and control to minimise its population, spread and impacts.
Local pest control companies that deal with OPM are:
(Please note that the Parish Council is not endorsing these companies merely advising residents of options.)
Further information regarding the oak processionary moth can be found using the following links: