Meetings & Social Events Calendar

Check out our social events & calendar to find out more about what is happening and when in Guildford. 

We also post information on meetings organised by other groups that we believe will be of interest to members

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Objectives and Scope of Society

We are a registered charity whose volunteers aim to provide a forum for debate about the issues affecting our town and borough.

  1. We are interested in following issues that affect our town and surrounding area:
    • Conserving the best of Guildford Town, Urban Area, Villages and Countryside
    • Promoting high standards of planning and architecture
    • Influencing the pace and type of development for the future
    • Raising the public awareness on issues related to our Built Environment, Heritage and Future
    • Identifying, integrating and considering matters that impact across the borough e.g. Transport Flows. 
  2. Our Scope
    • Geographically we concentrate on Guildford Town and Urban Area but maintain an active interest on major matters affecting the whole of the borough and beyond.
    • We recognise areas in the borough have active and effective local groups whose work we don’t wish to replicate.
  3. We have some key principles:
    • We recognise Guildford and environs will continue to develop and evolve to meet the needs of the population, and this needs to be managed.
    • Guildford should remain a proper town, not just a commuter town for London, so we need to support economic activity, our world class educational facilities, and provide a wide range of public facilities e.g. Theatres, Entertainment Venues, Galleries, Meeting Places, Public Realm etc.
    • The area needs to be ‘competitive’ with other South East areas in the Arc formed by Cambridge – Oxford – Guildford – Redhill - Ashford.
    • Guildford and environs should aspire to be a leader in preserving heritage assets and surrounding countryside whilst enabling vibrant and sensitive development.
    • Environment will be a key consideration including:
      1. Measures to encourage modal transport shift, pollution reduction, reduction in traffic congestion.
      2. Measures to encourage alternative energy, management/recycling of waste and flood protection.
    • The town and its surroundings need to be better linked in a sustainable manner, including making public transport accessible and attractive.
    • Guildford and environs should be a borough for all and thus should provide affordable accommodation for all age groups.
    • We will actively seek to collaborate with other relevant groups on matters of common interest.
  4. How we Operate
    • We have specialist scrutiny groups devoted to Planning, Transport, Design and Heritage and the Local Economy of Guildford.
    • We are affiliated to Civic Voice, a nationwide umbrella organisation for Community Associations and Amenity Societies.
    • The Guildford Society is politically neutral, and strictly independent.
    • We seek to engage and collaborate with Residents Groups, charities, Local Government, Developers, Educational Organisations, and Public Bodies
  5. Public and Membership Engagement
    • We will seek to build a well informed and engaged membership.
    • We will on occasion run public meeting and events to raise issues and increase the profile of GSoC.
    • We will work with other groups to publicise and contribute to meetings and events that support our aims and objective.
    • We will on occasion arrange social events for the members

 We also:

  • Sponsor Guildford’s Town Bridge Market
  • Contribute to Heritage Open Days
  • Make Design Awards for outstanding new buildings or renovations
  • Support projects to enhance the townscape e.g. the Bargeman sculpture