On Saturday 8th May, Surrey Day, around 500 people attended the Holme Farm launch event at Clifton Garden Centre in Weybridge, who had who kindly provided free access to their site and facilities for the day.

Holme Farm is a community hub that will include workshops, gardens and wildlife across eight acres. It is a multi-facility approach to health, wellbeing and community, and will provide a therapeutic environment in which people within North Surrey can socialise, learn and thrive.

Three years ago, Ronnie Kendall, supported by his wife Christine, alighted on the idea of building a community workshop in Woodham, which could offer a space for people to come together, help address loneliness and support wellbeing. Since then, the aims of the project have increased, with Ronnie and the committee of volunteers now hoping to deliver a range of facilities which could not only benefit the local community, but also work with schools, charities, and the NHS.

“While we wait to be able to get on to the site, we need to take every chance we can to keep the project at the forefront of people’s minds. Surrey Day is all about celebrating our wonderful county and people; this is the essence of Holme Farm.”

Committee Chair and Trustee of Holme Farm

The event was opened by Margaret Harnden, Mayor-Elect, with Deputy Lieutenant, Giles Verity, Ronnie and Christine Kendall, as well as many from the Holme Farm team. There were a number of stalls and three local choirs performed, alongside student musicians. Surrey Fire & Rescue also attended with a Fire Engine.

“We have been following the Holme Farm project with interest and are delighted to support it by providing a venue for this inaugural launch as well as some trees for the site.” said Darren Smith, General Manager at Clifton Nurseries. “The importance of green spaces – both cultivated and left wild – is vital and we are glad to be able to help the community in such a fundamental way.”

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