The Official Opening of Faurefold

During 2017, the holiday accommodation at Faurefold was rebuilt and we now have a fantastic brick building that is toasty and warm instead of the chilly wooden hut there for so many years. The builder, ADV(UK) of Dorking, has done a magnificent job.

On 12 May 2018, the Official Opening Ceremony was held with a great party for all those who have raised funds over the last few years. Over 200 Rainbows, Brownies and Guides came with their leaders and, despite the rain, had a great time having a go at crafts and trails around the woodland on site. The 84 invited VIPs, many of whom had given sizeable sums to the building project, were able to see what Girlguiding can offer at an outdoor centre like Faurefold.

After activities, Westcott’s Cllr James Friend was called upon to cut the ribbon on the front door and formally declare the new building open. Cream teas were served to everyone and everyone went home happy. We are very grateful to Unum who lent us their car park for the afternoon.

For the last 5 years, Girlguiding members have been fund raising to pay for the building but we would not be in the position we are now had it not been for the great generosity of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, together with that of Surrey County Council, Mole Valley Council, Reigate and Banstead Council, the Peter Harrison Foundation, the Weston Foundation and the Dorking Guide trust to name but a few. The £460,000 building was finished using loans so fund raising continues to repay these loans.

Queen’s 90 Birthday Party at Faurefold

Our Birthday party to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday was a wonderful day despite the shower of rain.  40 volunteers helped 330 young people and 70 Leaders have an afternoon of fun activities followed by afternoon tea. The girls made crowns, did a quiz, made broaches and fridge magnets, hunted for the fairy queen and made crafts from commonwealth countries. We had our own queen Elizabeth for the day and the girls could have their photos taken with a cardboard version of the real Queen.

Tea was finger sandwiches followed by cakes. The ‘queen’ cut the cake and we all sang the National Anthem and Happy birthday, accompanied by Barbara Abbott’s husband on the trumpet.
Then all the girls went home with their goody cups containing coins and part of the royal cake – Lovely.
Thanks to Unum who let us use their car park.


Ruth Warren’s Sponsored Walk 28th May 2016

After a year in training, Ruth is ready for her 100km walk from Richmond to Brighton, starting on Saturday morning and walking through the night with an overnight stop at Turners Hill.
Ruth will be supported by her own Unit, 5th Horley Brownies, and many others throughout the County and beyond. Have a look at the route HERE – perhaps she will be walking near where you live and you can pop along to see if you can spot her? Or have a read of her BLOG over the past months and follow her training.
Ruth is raising money for Faurefold with a target of £2,000 – can you help her reach it? Donations will be accepted even after the walk – just click HERE to donate on-line,

Thanks to our Funders . . .

Just like to put on records our thanks to the following ‘corporate’ funders who have supported us so far, and enabled us to reach our current total of £350,000.

Major funders are Surrey County Council, Mole Valley Council, Reigate and Banstead Council, Dorking Guide Trust, Harrison Foundation. Also Gatwick Community Trust, Smith Charity and John Cowan Trust and business awards from Menzies and Atkins. 

And to all our ‘private’ fund raisers both within Girlguiding and beyond – many thanks everyone.

I’ve Had Fun Outoors@Faurefold

Introducing ‘I’ve Had Fun Outdoors@Faurefold‘, a booklet of 25 outdoor activities based at Faurefold to make good use of the woods, and really enjoy exploring nature and having fun on the site.

There is a full colour booklet that describes the activities and has space to record what you do. There is a ‘snail’ points system with a total of 80 snails to be gained if you do everything. You can decide how many snails to collect to receive the lovely snail badge.

Booklets cost £2 each, and badges £1 each, and are available from Roo Harmer.

We hope groups that come to Faurefold will choose nature as their theme and use ‘I’ve Had Fun Outdoors@Faurefold‘.

Fundraising v Weather

In the face of the tail of hurricane Bertha, a hardy few set up a refreshment stall on Westcott green, selling bacon sandwiches, hot drinks and cake to serve the riders and spectators of the Ride Surrey event. 24,000 amateur riders in the morning braved the awful weather and lots were grateful for a hot drink and sandwich. The smaller profession group passed us 4 times but by then the storm had passed and the spectators arrived – and bought themselves tea and cake. We made over £800 which was excellent.

And the following weekend the Faurefold craft group had a stall at Capel Fete. Lovely day and lots of people keen on cake, jam and handmade cushions, broaches, bracelets, bags etc etc. £300 raised there. So our total creeps up. Margaret  

Fund raising news

Well done Horley districts who raised £290 at Horley Carnival and raised the profile of Guiding by parading through the streets and selling afternoon tea in the Recreation Ground.

Well done too to Gina Hewitt and her band of plant growers who have raised so far £909 selling plants. That is a lot of hanging baskets, tomato plants and other lovely plants. – Margaret

Quiz evening

What a great evening at Redhill with lots of fun answering questions posed by Charlotte Harris, a Horley leader – so can penguins walk backwards? We raised over £700. Thanks everyone for supporting the event.

And today at Bookham we sold tea, coffee and cakes and raised another £165. A good weekend – Margaret