News from Home-Start

YEAR 2018

New Year Party for our Families,  6th January
15 Families and 32 children, volunteers, staff and trustees joined our party.
Everyone had a great time enjoying the entertainment – dancing, bubbles, puppets, face painting, making crowns, etc. and tucking into the tasty party food.  A super start to the new year.  


 YEAR 2017                                                        

Click to see our Autumn/Winter Newsletter    Families Newsletter Autumn 2017

Guildford Cathedral Patrons’ Event,  27th October
The Very Rev’d Dianna Gwilliams, Dean of Guildford, kindly hosted a private view of the recently renovated Guildford Cathedral. 

Dean of Guildford gives a presentation

Our Patrons- Clr Pauline Searle, Clr Jennifer
Jordan, Ruth Jubert BEM, Liz Hauck and Diana Jones invited their friends to see the transformed cathedral and learn more about our work in the local community. Several enjoyed a guided tour of the tower (249 steps!) which included sight of the bells and an amazing view of the town.

AGM   6th October
The Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Nigel Manning, joined volunteers, patrons, trustees and staff at this year’s meeting and gave a short supportive address.  Reports of our progress over the year were given by Hugh Shanks, Chair, Liz Westwood, Scheme Manager, Corrina Meyer our Pirbright Family Group Co-ordinator and our Treasurer Vicki Hutchings.

22nd August
HS staff and some of our families had a brilliant day out in the sun at Bocketts Farm.  32 families with 70 children and their volunteers had a great time feeding the goats, watching the pig racing, taking a tractor ride and playing in the park, with a lovely picnic lunch together.

26th June

In the most beautiful garden of one of our Trustees on a lovely sunny
morning Home-Start Guildford celebrated 20 years of supporting local families.
In its early days we supported 6 families in the first year to 20 years later when we have supported 189 families. It was a thank you to our volunteers, trustees, and
patrons who give their time so freely to make the work
of Home-Start possible.  Their commitment and
dedication is very much appreciated.

3rd June
Our Home-Start families enjoyed a fabulous fun day
out at the Model Steam Railway in Stoke Park.  HS trustees, volunteers and supporters joined the families, including our Patrons Ann Milton MP and Cllr Pauline Searle.  Families enjoyed riding on the steam train, a bouncy castle, puppet show and refreshments.  One of our volunteers wrote afterwards –  “The children loved the freedom to go from one                                
activity to another as often as they liked  and
thoroughly enjoyed them all.  Their mum
told me it was the most relaxing outing
they had ever had as a whole family.”

Click to see our Spring/Summer
Newsletter         Latest news Spring


May 11th
Our Volunteers were treated to an exclusive Pamper Evening at Mary Weeks’ Aveda Lifestyle Salon in Guildford.  The staff gave up their time to give wash and blow dries, manicures and massages with specialist oils. 
In between the wonderful treatments there were drinks and nibbles.




Our thanks to Mary Weeks for her generosity.


Please see attached our  Families Newsletter – Spring 2017

January  14th

Our New Year party was a huge success.  A total of 18 families with 45 children enjoyed the entertainment and tucked into generous amounts of food all made by our volunteers.
There was magic, dancing, games and bubbles to keep them all very happy.

Fun with balloons



YEAR 2016


Ali, Ann and Vicki serve up the deserts

Trustees and Staff provided and served a delicious lunch for our Volunteers who enjoyed the opportunity to meet up and get to know each other better.  Certificates were awarded in recognition of long service. 



New Patrons
It was announced at our AGM that we now have 2 new Patrons offering their support.  We are delighted that Liz Hauck and Ruth Jubert have both agreed to become Patrons.
Artist Liz Hauck  who is a major supporter through her successful art workshops
and the sale of her paintings.  She kindly donates half the proceeds to us.

Ruth Jubert, BEM, former chair, trustee and volunteer, has been involved with us for 15 years and has led the Friends of Home-Start since 2010 raising considerable sums of money through her magnificent lead on all fund-raising initiatives.


Prudential RideLondon 31st July 

Hugh (left) and Simon

Hugh (left) and Simon

Hugh Shanks, who is our Chair, and Simon Brundan successfully completed this very challenging 100 mile cycle ride raising much needed funds for us.  A big thank you to both of them and all their supporters.  For further information see our Fundraising Post.


Families’ Newsletter – read all about us Families’ Newsletter – Spring 2016

                                      CHARITY GOLF DAY
On Friday 22nd April 84 golfers took part in our charity event at Effingham Golf Club and enjoyed a great day’s golf.  Afterwards 110 people enjoyed a three course meal with an Auction to follow.  One of  our Home-Start Mums spoke about the life-changing help she had received from her volunteer.   Our thanks to all who attended the day, which also included Trustees and Friends of Home-Start, and were so generous in their bidding for the wide array of exciting items at auction. 
Photos of the event can be seen on our Fundraising Events post.

January   6 children and 24 parents with trustees, staff and volunteers

New Year Party

New Year Party

 enjoyed an excellent New Year Party. 

Having Fun

Having Fun

YEAR 2015

To find out about our activities download our

Families’ Newsletter – Autumn 2015

LUNCH PARTY   for our Volunteers.  

Trustees serve up delicious deserts

Trustees serve up delicious deserts

The Trustees and staff gave a  party for 40 Volunteers.  We are grateful to COOK for their generous donation of delicious food.  Long serving volunteers were given a special thank you and presented with a certificate and chocolates.





Great fun at West Clandon British Legion as supporters made their own beautiful Traditional Wreaths for Christmas on 2nd December and enjoyed coffee and home-made cakes.  A grand profit of £1,496. IMG_0777

More pics and information under Past Fundraising Events – post on the right.

Being Creative

Being Creative



have organised three very successful Snowflake Coffee
mornings raising £1,350.  Thank you to Louise and supporters who came and enjoyed coffee and shopping.

Volunteer Louise makes her own Snowflake

Volunteer Louise makes her own Snowflake

Ingredients to make a Snowflake:
6 pieces of paper, stapler, sellotape and length of white cotton to hang it!



Local Artist Liz Hauck of Visual Jazz is running a series of painting workshops and kindly donating the proceeds to us.  In December she added another £500 from the proceeds of Playing with Paint and a painting sale to her Just Giving Page   The participants, many of whom are volunteers and supporters, have loved working and learning from Liz.  We very much appreciate her generosity.

Congratulations to Our Magnificent 7 riders who all completed the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday 2nd August.  It started in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then followed a 100 mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning and very hilly countryside. 

Home-Start Guildford Team

Home-Start Guildford Team

James Bogue was back in London in time to ride past Big Ben Chiming 12 and Jonathan Lee was so speedy he was at home with his family by 1pm – in time for lunch!

Click Here      to see pics showing all the events of the day.

 £9,156!  so far – Can we make it £10,000?      All our  riders are still raising funds so if you would like to reward them for that gruelling ride  please visit their pages and give them your support –
Hugh Shanks, our Chairman, can be found on his Just Giving Page
Jon Lee on  Just Giving,      David Lowrie and James Bogue on Just Giving
Steve Skilton on Just Giving 


Fetcham Park House, Fetcham

Fetcham Park House, Fetcham

On 23rd June we held an evening at Fetcham Park House where Jonathan Smith spoke about his seventh novel The Churchill Secret: KBO which is being adapted into a major ITV drama.  It was a lovely warm evening and everyone enjoyed the gracious house and garden, fine sparkling wine and excellent food.  We raised over £5,300.  Thank you to everyone who came and supported this event.



  On 4th August 29 families and nearly 70 children enjoyed a day at Bocketts Farms.

Enjoying the goats at Bocketts Farm,

Enjoying the goats at Bocketts Farm,

Anne Milton, MP, Ann Taylor, Vice Chair and Ruth Jubert, Volunteer

Anne Milton, MP, Ann Taylor, Vice Chair and Ruth Jubert, Volunteer

Enjoying Bouncy Castle at Steam Event

Enjoying Bouncy Castle at Steam Event








Home-Start Families enjoy riding on steam trains, a bouncy castle and a picnic at the Steam Train Event on Sat. 13th June.

Congratulations to Ruth Jubert (pictured above) who has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her exceptional services to children and families in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.  Ruth has been working with Home-Start Guildford  since 2001 acting as Chair, Vice Chair, Fundraiser, Volunteer, and said “I have loved every minute of it”.   She has led a very successful fundraising campaign over the years, galvanising Trustees, volunteers, Friends of Home-Start, and staff to organize events and with their help has raised more than £200,000 for us.  We are all delighted that her hard work and dedication has been recognised.

All proceeds from the Dog Show at Ripley Farmers Market on 15th April were kindly donated to us.  Best Junior Handler Class After a damp start the sun shone and there was keen competition amongst local dogs and their owners. There were lots of entrants and this photo is one of the contestants in the Best Junior Handler event.


Patron:   Our new Patron, Dianna Gwilliams,  Dean of Guildford meets 11 new volunteers to congratulate them on completing their Volunteer Preparation Course.

Dean of Guildford (left) with Liz Westwood, Scheme Organiser

Dean of Guildford (left) with Liz Westwood, Scheme Organiser








In March HRH The Duchess of Cambridge visited Home-Start Greenwich to learn more about our work and to meet staff, children and volunteers.  UK - Royal - Duchess of CambridgeHRH Duchess of Cambridge learns about group support






Fundraising:  Jenny Panman’s Hair Challenge    “I am giving away 71 cm of my blonde hair for Home-Start Guildford because of all the support I was given during my illness”.   Jenny Panman Hair Cut

Jenny did this on 5th March and so far has raised £1,050 for us.  Please go to her Just Giving site if you would like to add further support. What an amazing gesture!




Liz and Ann Milton small Networking:  Our Patron Anne Milton MP  and            Scheme Organiser, Liz Westwood,  attended a Business/Charity Networking  Event in March brought together by Ann Milton and kindly hosted by BOC.


New Year Party:       Fun and games and a delicious tea for our Home-Start Families at the New Year Party.

Bubbles galore!

Bubbles galore!

Enjoying the Entertainer

Enjoying the Entertainer










YEAR 2014

Lunch for Volunteers:   In December staff and trustees gave a lunch party for our
volunteers to thank them for their work and support over the year.

Trustees serve up a super lunch

Trustees serve up a super lunch









AGM  held on 1st October.   Trustees, staff, and volunteers joined with friends to receive a summary of the year’s activities to 31st March 2014.   A family supported by Home-Start talked about how with her volunteer’s help she was able to cope with her child’s problems.   The Mayor of Guildford, Cllr David Elms attended and thanked everyone for the excellent work and achievements over the last year.

AGM October 2014 at Astolat (courtesy of Surrey Advertiser)

AGM October 2014 at Astolat (courtesy of Surrey Advertiser)

Family Events:   Summer Outings   As well as visiting families we also arrange occasional free outings and events for current Home-Start families in the school holidays. Some examples are a New Year party for all families and children. Trips to Bocketts Farm in the summer and picnics.

The Stoke Park Picnic was held on 13th              Picnic in Stoke Park, Aug. 2011
August and 8 families including 21 children
joined us.  The weather was good and the children enjoyed splashing and playing in the paddling pool.

Last year our visit to Bocketts Farm took place on 5th August which was a beautiful sunny day.  36 families with 66 children attended.  The children had a great time in the Play Barns and Outdoor Play areas as well as enjoying the many farm animals to watch and cuddle.  Families and staff met at lunch time and enjoyed the friendship of a group picnic.

Feeding the goats at Bocketts Farm

Feeding the goats at Bocketts Farm


For Overview of our Year 2013 to 2014, a summary of the year’s activities                click –           Overview 2013-14






Fundraising Events:


Roll up – Roll up ….    On 14th December we ran a Tombola stall at the G Live Vintage Fair.  Loads of lovely prizes donated by our volunteers.

On 18th December we held our fifth ‘Decorate Your Table for Christmas’ at West Clandon.   Fifty supporters came and created some fabulous individual arrangements under the guidance of our professional florist. IMG_0390-001Afterwards they enjoyed browsing stalls, a glass of mulled wine,  and home cooked ham and olives on bruschetta.

27th  November  –    Our shopping event at Crabtree & Evelyn, in Guildford was a great success with all tickets sold.  Many of our supporters met for supper after the event and enjoyed the  Christmas lights in the High Street.

On 22nd October 30 supporters enjoyed a dainty Downton tea in the very room where filming takes place of Lady Violet Crawley Dowager Countess of Grantham (aka Maggie Smith).

Downton EventDownton TeaOur Downton Tea- as successful as Mrs Patmore’s cakes!

Over £1,000 raised in the pursuit of scones, clotted cream, tea served from silver teapots.


Local Artist Liz Hauck of Visual Jazz:  We are delighted that Liz Hauck will be donating the proceeds from the sale of her paintings and workshops to us. She has in the past raised considerable sums for The Art Room, Challengers Guildford and the Eve Appeal.    “My paintings are abstract and the way I paint is expressionistic, with feelings, experiences and memories fusing as new forms arise until the image reaches a visual harmony which feels right”  

Painting by Liz Hauck

Liz runs workshops from her home in West Horsley and you can view her paintings online at

She has set up a Just Giving Page with a generous donation.  Visit her page on:














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