Farnham Maltings is actively fulfilling its civic role within the town, strengthening our community well-being through arts projects, making this a happier and safer place to live, for all ages.

Our programme of well-being enhancing arts activity is continually evolving.   Click on the boxes to your right for more details and booking.

cine club teams up with the arts & health programme for a brand new season of films


And here’s a heartwarming story from this weeks’ news..

An 80 year old man living with dementia signs a record deal after filming a carpool video with his son for the Alzheimer’s Society http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-37379260

Here’s the full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUapDaSKzys


Waverley’s Living Well Week 2016

Waverley’s Living Well Week 2016 will run from Monday 26 September to Sunday 2 October and will encompass national Older People’s Day on 1 October and Silver Sunday on 2 October.  This seven day programme of activities, events and information pop-ups is aimed at supporting older people to stay healthy, active and enjoy life. Please see the brochure link below for more details, including the telephone number to book.

Waverley Living Well Week 2016 brochure v3 Low-res

Celebratory Event PosterFlyer (final)

We would appreciate your support in promoting Living Well Week to Waverley residents by sharing this brochure, especially with the older people in your community or that you or your colleagues work with. Hard copies are available.


October 1st – United Nations’ International Day of Older Persons

Events happening in and around Farnham..

Free Celebration Event for Older Adults

As part of Waverley’s Living Well Week 2016, we are delighted to announce a special celebration event on the afternoon of Saturday 1 October at Godalming Masonic Hall. The event includes participatory dance and music (although participation is not compulsory!), quizzes, inspirational speakers and afternoon tea.  Transport is available to enable residents from across Waverley to attend.

It will be a chance to celebrate the contribution that older people make to our communities in Waverley, as well as providing an opportunity to get involved in new activities and meet new people.

We would be grateful if you would encourage older residents in your community and those that you or your colleagues work with to attend. We sometimes hear from residents that they can feel isolated at the weekend, so we hope that this Saturday event will be an opportunity for older adults from across Waverley to enjoy a fun and sociable afternoon for FREE.

Booking is essential and places will be offered on a first come, first served basis to Waverley residents only.

Surrey Age UKopen garden event  Come and celebrate Older People’s Day, Saturday 1st October, at Timber Hill a beautifully kept and stunning 15 acre park like garden and woodland with views to the North Downs and fine autumn colour.  Timber Hill is part of the National Garden Scheme.  Light lunches (pre-bookable) and refreshments will be served in the beautiful old Surrey barn.

Open to all – a wonderful opportunity to treat an older person, relative or neighbour to enjoy the beauty of the autumn colours in the garden and woodland.  Nature and wildlife trails for children.

  • Date: Saturday 1st October
  • Open: 11am – 4pm
  • Refreshments
  • Light lunch (bookable in advance, please telephone: 01932 873875)
  • Address: Timber Hill, Chertsey Road, Chobham, Surrey, GU24 8JF
  • Free parking
  • Entrance fee: £5, children free.

Timber Hill is supporting Age UK Surrey and NGS (National Garden Scheme) and proceeds from the day will go to these charities.

For more information email:  events@ageuksurrey.org.uk alternatively telephone: 01483 503414


Funding update:

We are delighted to have recently received funding from the Johnson Wax Charitable Trust to enable us to continue with our weekly Meet Me at the Maltings sessions.  An enormous thank you to the Trust from everyone at Meet Me at the Maltings!

We have also been fortunate to receive generous funding from Farnham Lions Club to further our work supporting carers: Take Care, fun drama improvisation workshops for carers of people with dementia and Chaos Choir, a lively child friendly choir where new parents can sing, for themselves, a mix of a-capella and world music as well as pop classics and rounds.


Elsewhere, about to, or currently running..

Motherhood: (Un) speakable, (Un spoken) – September workshops and exhibition examining early motherhood.


Career opportunity of the week – become a professional cuddler!

TV catch up

Wallander – highly recommend this for anyone wanting to get an understanding of memory loss.

A Different Brain – TV journalist Louis Theroux takes a look at the issues that some of the estimated one million people in the UK living with the long-term effects of a brain injury have to deal with. (BBC iPlayer)

The Truth About Dementia – Angela Rippon investigates Alzheimer’s disease. She learns how people can help to prevent it, meets some of those who are living with it and explores her own risk of developing it. (BBC iPlayer)

The brilliant Channel 4 documentary series of three – Dementiaville.



For further information, ideas and suggestions, please contact Kath Boddy, Arts & Health Programmer on 01252 745406 or email kath.boddy@farnhammaltings.com.  You can read Kath’s profile here.


arts & elders | dementia-friendly afternoons
Museum of Farnham, 38 West Street, Farnham GU9 7DX
2pm,  £2, booking is required, refreshments included

Explore an element of our collection with the curatorial team. Join us for tea and cake in the Garden Gallery afterwards and handle objects from our living history collection. For more informaiton and to book please visit the Museum pages.