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Guildford Cathedral Patrons’ Event,
27th Oct. 2017
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.

Families Newsletter Autumn 2017

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.”

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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. 

October                        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    2016 
36 children and 24 parents with trustees, staff and volunteers enjoyed an excellent New Year Party.

New Year Party

New Year Party

      There was fun and games for everyone with a great party tea.