Councillors from every corner of the borough including Farnham, Haslemere – Godalming, Cranleigh and the villages are urging everyone to support their local traders over the coming weeks. The COVID pandemic has wreaked havoc on many of the borough’s small businesses. So they are urging everyone, where possible, to buy local this Christmas.
Labour Councillor Nick Palmer has been looking at the parking stats for the borough-owned car parks. And, they don’t make good reading for cash-strapped Waverley.
He regularly keeps in touch with residents – including the Waverley Web and regularly passes on some very helpful information.
He told us.
Looking at the figures for parking in the borough car parks, usage is still less than half the normal, reflecting the caution that most people still feel. There’s no doubt that shops are suffering – when you do need to shop, please try to support local businesses, not least so to ensure that they’re still there when the pandemic ends.
As the council portfolio-holder for parking, I was asked if we could have one Saturday free parking, which I’ve had to decline, partly because of the council financial squeeze but mainly because we don’t want to encourage everyone to shop in crowds on one particular day. Instead, I hope that most of us will spread shopping visits during the week insofar as our circumstances make that possible so that the businesses get a steady stream of customers rather than alternating between a crush and an empty shop.
Discover what is happening in Farnham this Christmas and ways to support local retailers and businesses.
Remember, events and activities may have to change in line with government guidance.
Christmas Spirit Trail
1 December to 3 January
Get out and about with the kids this December and take part in Farnham’s Christmas trail. Special festive stickers are hiding in ten town centre shop windows. When you find the character, scan the QR code to be in with a chance of winning a free ebook. Learn how to play.
Spending some of your Christmas budget in local shops could make all the difference to the future of the town in 2021.
If you are looking for gifts that are special, take a virtual trip to Farnham or visit in person when you can – you won’t be disappointed.
Visit Virtual Farnham to browse a directory of Farnham’s shops.
We Are Farnham
We Are Farnham is a growing digital marketplace providing a one-stop-shop for people to buy online or by click and collect from Farnham’s shops and businesses.
Late night shopping
3, 10 and 17 December until 8 pm
Make the most of the town centre shops being open until 8 pm on Thursdays leading up to Christmas.
Download our Christmas in Farnham leaflet to find out how you can win £1,000 in vouchers when you come late night shopping in Farnham.
Sunday 13 December from 10 am to 1.20 pm in Central car park.
Bring some tasty festive cheer to your Christmas table with delicious treats from the Farnham Farmers’ Market.
Civic Community Christmas Carol Service
Wednesday 23 December at 7 pm
The Mayor of Farnham invites you to attend the Civic Community Christmas Carol Service online from the safety and comfort of your own home.
The service will include five lessons and carols with the internationally acclaimed, award-winning Farnham Youth Choir.
See the order of service.
Christmas in Farnham Sponsors
Thank you to this year’s Christmas in Farnham sponsors.
|Kidd Rapinet Solicitors
|Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society