Refreshers: a festival of retirement 

Refreshers is an annual festival at Farnham Maltings designed especially for those who have retired, or are approaching retirement, to find new connections and fresh inspiration.

Taking the model of a typical university freshers fair, Refreshers showcases a wide range of clubs, societies, organisations and companies each with diverse opportunities for those living and thriving nearby.

Retirement doesn’t have to mean a time to start slowing down, it can be a fantastic chance to take up a range of new hobbies, learn something new and give a little time back to the community.

Refreshers is organised as part of Farnham Maltings’ Arts & Health programme and in collaboration with Meet Me at the Maltings. For more details, please visit our arts & health pages.

If you are an individual and would like to attend Refreshers, or would like to be kept up to date with information, please sign up below:

Charities, organisations and businesses which exhibited at Refreshers 2019 include:

Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society
Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society provides care for the older person in Farnham and the surrounding areas. Providing Home care, Residential care or Nursing care. Our fees reflect our charitable status.

Age UK Surrey
Age UK Surrey is an independent local charity.  We work for everyone over the age of 50 offering a wide range of services to help you make the most of life.

BakerLaw LLP
BakerLaw Solicitors is a law firm in Farnham, proud of its close links to the local community and highly knowledgeable in the practice areas it concentrates on.

The Basingstoke Canal Society
The Basingstoke Canal Society protects and develops the Basingstoke Canal for the local community, clubs and boaters. We have over 200 volunteers in various roles – please come and join us!

Bishops Meadow Trust/space2grow
The Bishops Meadow Trust and the space2grow are developing a partnership to provide the local community a space to explore nature and do some practical gardening in the centre of the busy town of Farnham.

Brigitte Gillespie Patchwork
Brigitte teaches patchwork and quilting from her home.  Her students create their own piece with her help. The classes are 3 hour long in order to enjoy the process.  They take place when the student is ready to tackle the next stage.  Some students do come on a regular basis for “me” time!

Candy Tours
Candy Tours provide day trips and short break holidays picking up at various points around Farnham and Alton.  Other routes include Haslemere and Hindhead. Please ring for a free brochure.

Carol Coggan
I am a transformational Life Coach and Angel Therapist. I enable people to make major changes in their lives, to decide what they want in retirement or the next stage in life and to reach their dreams.

Change of Scene
Change of Scene is a small charity working with children at risk of school exclusion. Working outdoors with animals and horticulture, we provide a different way of learning to help our attendees re-engage with sustainable education. We would welcome volunteer Friends of CoS to help with fundraising.

Chawton Park Indoor Bowling Club
We are an indoor bowling club with over 400 members who participate in regular league matches, representative friendly matches and National Competitions all supported by lively social activities.

Cherry Trees
Short break provision for children and young people with disabilities in Surrey & Hants

Compassion in World Farming
Compassion in World Farming was founded in 1967 by a British farmer who became horrified by the development of modern, intensive factory farming. Today we campaign peacefully to end all factory farming practices – the biggest cause of animal cruelty in the world.

Farnham & Bourne Choral Society
A mixed voice all-age choir singing a classical repertoire. Friendly and all-inclusive with no auditions. We have a young, dynamic and talented musical director who will get the best from you and help you to really enjoy your singing.

Farnham and District Ramblers
Farnham Ramblers provide daily walks that can be enjoyed by all offering both social and health benefits.  New members make new friends as well as keeping fit and healthy.

Farnham and Wey Valley Cats Protection
Farnham & Wey Valley Cats Protection are a friendly bunch of volunteers working to help stray and unwanted cats in the Farnham area through rehoming, education and vital fundraising events.

Farnham Area Timebank
Farnham Area Timebank is a new way to help in your community and get some help in return, meet people and swap skills.  It lets local people and community groups come together to lend each other a helping hand.  No money exchanges hands, the only cost is people’s time. Give an hour – get one back.

Farnham Building and Preservation Trust
Since 1968 The Farnham Building Preservation Trust has acquired threatened heritage buildings, restored them and recycled them back into the community for posterity.

Farnham Geological Society
To promote interest in geology and its allied science for people of all levels of geological knowledge. It holds monthly meetings and regular field trips.

Farnham Humanists
Humanism is a positive life stance centred on people. Farnham Humanists is a flourishing group of Humanists, and people with similar views and beliefs, who enjoy sharing ideas, monthly talks from invited speakers, contributing to the community and socialising.

Farnham Town Council
Many essential public services are provided by Farnham Town Council but we also organise, run, enable and support activities throughout the year to make Farnham a great place to live, work and do business.

Farnham U3A
We provide activities for those no longer in full time employment.

FATN Talking News
FATN Talking News is a Farnham based volunteer charity which provides free audio versions of local periodicals for visually impaired listeners in Farnham, Alton, Fleet, and Haslemere. We have vacancies for Readers, Recording Engineers, and Production Assistants.

Frensham Pond Sailability
Frensham Pond Sailability provides opportunities for those affected by disability or a long term illness to enjoy sailing. Specially adapted boats enable all abilities to learn to sail and progress to as high a level as they want.@fpsailability

Full Circle Vocal Group
An exciting choir for all! We sing for fun in a relaxed environment, but still with the aim to progress and perform. Meet local people, all there because they love to sing! @fullcirclevg

Home Instead Farnborough, Fleet and Farnham
Home Instead Farnborough provides domiciliary care to people in the Farnborough, Aldershot, Fleet and Farnham areas to help them remain independent at home. We support people, many of whom are living with dementia, with a variety of services, from companionship and home help, to personal care.

Lions Club of Farnham
For over 50 years Farnham Lions have been raising money to help the community. From Beerex to Spectacular via Eggstravaganza, Food Parcels, Tea Party, Wenceslas, Panto, Golf Day, Carnival and much more, we have fun helping our local community. Interested? Contact

Macular Society
The Macular Society helps people adapt to life with sight loss, regain their confidence and independence and take back control of their lives. Age Related Macular Degeneration is the biggest reason for sight loss as we grow older. Volunteer with us, spread the word for us.

Museum of Farnham
The running of Museum of Farnham relies on volunteers. There are a lot of different positions we are in need of: Front of House, Collections and gardening.

Performers Together
Performers Together is a registered Community Interest Company which supports performing arts organisations and individuals wishing to participate in or experience a high standard of performing arts. With support from Farnham Town Council, PT has now run two very successful month long festivals.

Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care
Phyllis Tuckwell is the only Hospice for adult patients, and their families, across the whole of West Surrey and part of North East Hampshire. We are committed to involving members of our local community through providing opportunities for volunteering in Farnham and the Beacon Centre in Guildford.

Right at Home GF
Right at Home GF offers quality care and companionship in the comfort of a client’s own home. With a minimum of a one hour call, their clients never feel rushed. Right at Home GF runs and supports a number of local support groups enabling everyone to continue enjoying life in the community.

Sebastian’s Action Trust
Sebastian’s Action Trust walks alongside families of life-limited and seriously ill children from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.  We have an amazing team of volunteers without whom we would not be able to fulfil our mission.

Surrey Adult Learning
Surrey Adult Learning is part of Surrey County Council and is a non-profit organization. We offer an extensive range of courses to adults across our 7 Centres in Surrey. We have a Centre in Farnham town centre.

Surrey Border Movie Makers
A filmmaking club of experienced filmmakers and complete beginners who share their love of making films. Holiday films friends actually want to watch, drama, comedy, documentaries. New members welcome.

Surrey Hills Soroptimists
We welcome enthusiastic women either living or working in the Surrey Hills area who want to participate in our projects that support and empower women both locally and worldwide.

Worried? Anxious? Feeling fed up? Your mental health matters to us. TalkPLUS helps people by giving them the tools to cope with the stress of everyday life.

The Arts Society Farnham
The Arts Society Farnham is one of the largest Decorative and Fine Arts societies. Each month, expert lecturers share their specialist knowledge about the arts. We also run study mornings, social events, visits, holidays and volunteering groups – Church Recording, Young Arts, Heritage conservation.

The Bourne Conservation Group
A volunteer group devoted to the maintenance and enhancement of the biodiversity of The Bourne in South Farnham in a way that improves the landscape and respects the heritage of the area.

The Brigitte Trust
Our charity offers emotional support at home when life-threatening illness is diagnosed.  Giving time to listen and share the emotional burden can make an enormous difference, and local volunteers are needed now to join our supportive team. @brigittetrust

The Farnham Society
The Farnham Society’s prime objectives are to preserve the architectural heritage of Farnham, to encourage integrity in the construction of new buildings, sympathetic to their surroundings, and to maintain the quality of life for future generations of its residents. Membership helps raise concerns. @FarnhamSociety

The Guildford Institute
The Guildford Institute is an adult education centre in the heart of Guildford’s historic town. We offer a range of activities for the community, including courses, talks, visits and events and we also have a historic library and archive onsite. @GuildfordInst

The Rotary Club of Farnham Weyside

Farnham Weyside Rotary Club supports charities in the local community and raises funds to help good causes in the UK and internationally. They meet approximately once a week and have both male and female members. The social side of the club involves an annual golf day, wine tasting evening, film night and quizzes.

The Spire Church, Farnham
Two of Farnham’s oldest churches have become its newest – Farnham’s Methodist and United Reformed Churches have merged, and offer a warm welcome to everyone!

The William Cobbett Society
The William Cobbett Society was founded in 1976 to bring together those with an interest in the life and writings of William Cobbett. Born in Farnham in 1763, he was a great radical reformer. He fought for democracy and the common man.  The centre for research is at the Museum of Farnham.

Versus Arthritis (Previously Arthritis Research UK)
Versus Arthritis vision is a world where people with arthritis can lead full and active lives. Our purpose is to empower people with arthritis through support and information, ensuring their voices are heard and their conditions more effectively managed.