Holiday & Camp Site News

Ruth’s Fundraising walk – great effort!

Sun, 05 Jun 2016 06:29:00 +0000
Ruth writes “actually managed to get shoes on today, the first time since #l2bchallenge  and only making it 62km due to epic blisters.”

Queen’s 90 Birthday Party at Faurefold

Sat, 28 May 2016 13:23:00 +0000
Our Birthday party to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday was a wonderful day despite the shower of rain.  40 volunteers helped 330 young people and 70 Leaders have an afternoon of fun activities followed by afternoon tea. The girls made crowns, did a quiz, made broaches and fridge magnets, hunted for the fairy queen and made crafts from commonwealth countries. We had our own queen Elizabeth for the day and the girls could have their photos taken with a cardboard version of the real Queen.

Tea was finger sandwiches followed by cakes. The ‘queen’ cut the cake and we all sang the National Anthem and Happy birthday, accompanied by Barbara Abbott’s husband on the trumpet.
Then all the girls went home with their goody cups containing coins and part of the royal cake – Lovely.
Thanks to Unum who let us use their car park.


Ruth Warren’s Sponsored Walk 28th May 2016

Sat, 21 May 2016 09:44:00 +0000
After a year in training, Ruth is ready for her 100km walk from Richmond to Brighton, starting on Saturday morning and walking through the night with an overnight stop at Turners Hill.
Ruth will be supported by her own Unit, 5th Horley Brownies, and many others throughout the County and beyond. Have a look at the route HERE – perhaps she will be walking near where you live and you can pop along to see if you can spot her? Or have a read of her BLOG over the past months and follow her training.
Ruth is raising money for Faurefold with a target of £2,000 – can you help her reach it? Donations will be accepted even after the walk – just click HERE to donate on-line,

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Thanks to our Funders . . .

Tue, 03 May 2016 14:24:00 +0000
Just like to put on records our thanks to the following ‘corporate’ funders who have supported us so far, and enabled us to reach our current total of £350,000.

Major funders are Surrey County Council, Mole Valley Council, Reigate and Banstead Council, Dorking Guide Trust, Harrison Foundation. Also Gatwick Community Trust, Smith Charity and John Cowan Trust and business awards from Menzies and Atkins.

And to all our ‘private’ fund raisers both within Girlguiding and beyond – many thanks everyone.

I’ve Had Fun Outoors@Faurefold

Thu, 01 Jan 2015 10:00:00 +0000
Introducing ‘I’ve Had Fun Outdoors@Faurefold‘, a booklet of 25 outdoor activities based at Faurefold to make good use of the woods, and really enjoy exploring nature and having fun on the site.

There is a full colour booklet that describes the activities and has space to record what you do. There is a ‘snail’ points system with a total of 80 snails to be gained if you do everything. You can decide how many snails to collect to receive the lovely snail badge.

Booklets cost £2 each, and badges £1 each, and are available from Roo Harmer.

We hope groups that come to Faurefold will choose nature as their theme and use ‘I’ve Had Fun Outdoors@Faurefold‘.

Fundraising v Weather

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:03:00 +0000
In the face of the tail of hurricane Bertha, a hardy few set up a refreshment stall on Westcott green, selling bacon sandwiches, hot drinks and cake to serve the riders and spectators of the Ride Surrey event. 24,000 amateur riders in the morning braved the awful weather and lots were grateful for a hot drink and sandwich. The smaller profession group passed us 4 times but by then the storm had passed and the spectators arrived – and bought themselves tea and cake. We made over £800 which was excellent.

And the following weekend the Faurefold craft group had a stall at Capel Fete. Lovely day and lots of people keen on cake, jam and handmade cushions, broaches, bracelets, bags etc etc. £300 raised there. So our total creeps up.Margaret

Ashtead donation

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:36:00 +0000
Ashtead Village day and the district raised £100 for Faurefold running a teddy tombola. Thank you Jan and Ashtead. Margaret<

Fund raising news

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:35:00 +0000
Well done Horley districts who raised £290 at Horley Carnival and raised the profile of Guiding by parading through the streets and selling afternoon tea in the Recreation Ground.
Well done too to Gina Hewitt and her band of plant growers who have raised so far £909 selling plants. That is a lot of hanging baskets, tomato plants and other lovely plants. – Margaret

Quiz evening

Mon, 03 Feb 2014 07:21:00 +0000
What a great evening at Redhill with lots of fun answering questions posed by Charlotte Harris, a Horley leader – so can penguins walk backwards? We raised over £700. Thanks everyone for supporting the event.
And today at Bookham we sold tea, coffee and cakes and raised another £165. A good weekend – Margaret

London Marathon Funding

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:19:00 +0000
Fantastic news. We have been awarded £100,000 by the London Marathon Charitable Trust. This brings our total at the end of the year to around £130,000 towards our £400,000 target. What a fantastic Christmas present. Merry Christmas all. Margaret

Heart of the Community Award

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 08:48:00 +0000
Thanks to readers of the Surrey Mirror we have been given £2,500 from their Heart of the Community awards. A Redhill based company Partnership provided the money. Thanks to the Surrey Mirror, to Partnership and to everyone who voted for us. Margaret

Faurefold Calendars now half price!

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 10:49:00 +0000
The County Calendars sold in aid of Faurefold are now reduced to just £2.50 each, including postage, from Mrs G Ede, Nightless Copse, Rusper Road, Capel, RH5 5HE. Please include your unit name and contact details with the cheque. Ideal for Christmas presents, and you’ll support Faurefold at the same time.

Phil the Bag supports Faurefold

Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:36:00 +0000
Reigate Division have raised £580.40 for Faurefold using Phil the Bag – this is becoming a very popular way for fundraising these days. Thanks to all who contributed to the collections. Lesley

Musi-gals 2013

Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:27:00 +0000
A full account of the Surrey East fundraiser for Faurefold, Musi-gals, is on the website news page, together with a link to those pictures we have received so far. Robin


Sun, 03 Nov 2013 18:47:00 +0000
Dear All and everyone else who was involved.

WELL  DONE,  WELL DONE,  WELL DONE!!!!!!    Musigals was great and I really enjoyed it.  Thank you for all the immense hard work.  Please pass on to anyone else. CONGRATULATIONS.  Gill


Sun, 03 Nov 2013 18:35:00 +0000
What a day, two amazing gang shows displaying how amazingly talented our girls can be.  Such a pleasure watching and congratulations to the team who put the show on. Margaret

Fungi at Faurefold

Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:21:00 +0000
More excitement at Faurefold!
Fungi …  over 70 recorded so far from two visits with Dick Alder of the West Weald Fungus Recording Group. We are amazed that there are so many which include 11 of special interest . Photos show Fly Agaric – red with white spots (especially for the Brownies), and the Four-rayed Earthstar, which is rare. We must remind Leaders to make sure that the girls only look and NEVER touch or prod, as fungi can be poisonous or cause irritation to skin or eyes.

What a lovely place Faurefold is full of surprises!
Best wishes – ROO

Why not book a visit and explore with your Unit?

September Newsletter

Fri, 11 Oct 2013 08:49:00 +0000
After a lot of to-ing and fro-ing, the lease with Girlguiding London South West is now in place.  This gives Girlguiding Surrey East the security of knowing that we can re-build Faurefold and stay for as long as we keep paying the rent.  Girlguiding London South West are delighted that we are looking after the place.Three estimates for the new building have been received all approximately £400,000.  But this will rise with inflation so the faster we raise the money the better. So far we have raised £22,000.  Bricks raised £4,200 which will be increased by Gift Aid.  Bookham and Effingham District raised most. Keep selling bricks please.  And do sign up for easyfundraising at We have just had our second cheque from them – £45 for no effort.There have been some great fundraisers over the summer including fetes, bring and buy sales, garden parties, tombolas and flower sales.  Marshalling at Denbies on the Bacchus Marathon brought in £420 and was great fun.  And lots of Trefoil members were there as well, raising funds for various causes.There are a number of fundraisers this autumn.

  • Musigals at Dorking Halls is on 2 November. Two performances where the musical talents of Surrey East’s girls will be on show.  Tickets on sale from the Dorking Halls Box Office by phone or online.
  • Calendars are now on sale showing Surrey East having lots of fun – £5 with 10% of sale being retained by the unit. Talk to your District Commissioner or contact George Ede
  • And on December 7th there will be a Guide and Brownie Christmas Craft day. Details will be sent out via District Commissioners.


  • Inside we have 28 new mattresses on the bunk beds and two new Leaders’ beds are on order.  Surrey East Trefoil Walkers repainted the bathroom when they came in June. Another working day will be held in November.
  • Grass looks good on the new terraces.  There are a few bald patches that did not survive the summer’s heat but September is a good time to reseed.  The wild flower meadow looks very colourful.
  • Special offer  – 25% reduction on costs for District, Division & County events booked for between now and next April.
  • Bookings
  • And if anyone would like to help organise a Spanish Evening, I have had the offer of some Spanish dancers and players. So we just need the organising.


Faurefold Calendar 2014

Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:28:00 +0000
The Faurefold Calendar for 2014 is now available direct from Faurefold Fundraising, Nightless Copse, Rusper Road, Capel, RH5 5HE at just £5.00 including postage. Just send your request together with your details and your unit name, together with a cheque payable to Faurefold Fundraising. 
Calendars will also be available from Division & District Commissioners soon as well, at the same price.
The calendar features Girlguiding in action all over Surrey East, as well as images of Faurefold itself. One page to a month. Further details on the Faurefold website at

Wildflower Garden

Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:34:00 +0000

To make the sides of the track into Faurefold  interesting in the spring , last autumn (2012) we planted 100s of daffodils which looked lovely Spring 2013; I also made some rustic willow hurdles to stop people driving off the track. Then, in about April, we rotovated the ground and planted special wild flower seeds; it said on the box they were flowers that ladybirds like. They were right. Since late June there have been all sorts of flowers and even now there are more flowering.

It is a small start but I am really pleased with the result. And it seems that the deer and bunnies don’t like to eat them. Roo

Woodland Exploring Path

Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:30:00 +0000
Something new I’d not heard about is the woodland exploring path that goes from the corner of the car park through the ‘bush’ all the way parallel to the A25 fence to the other end of the site; it winds in and out of the trees and bushes, a great place to set a trail or treasure hunt, or just play hide and seek . Robin

New mattresses

Tue, 20 Aug 2013 07:39:00 +0000
Thanks to a grant from Gatwick Community Trust we have bought new mattresses for the bunk beds at Faurefold. The new mattresses are blue with white stripes and fully waterproof – so no plastic covers any more.  So more comfortable beds now.
And thank you to all easyfundraising users. We have just had our quarterly cheque for £45. Margaret

Faurefold Open Day

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:27:00 +0000
You’re invited to come and see the progress made at Faurefold, and to join us for a cup of tea or coffee and some cake. Saturday 6 April 2013, any time between 10:00 and 16:00.

Waitrose donation

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 09:29:00 +0000
Good news. I collected a cheque for £210 from Waitrose in Dorking following our participation in their community scheme.  Very generous – please thank all those who voted for us with their tokens in store. Margaret

Successful day at Dunsfold

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 09:16:00 +0000
For the 800 or so runners at Dunsfold on Sunday, our bacon sandwiches and mugs of tea and coffee were just the thing after a 10 or 20 mile run.  Luckily for us the stand was in a hanger so out of the wind.  Some of us though braved the elements and manned a water station, directed cars in the car park  or runners around the course.  All together we raised just over £1000 for Faurefold. So a successful day and thanks to all who helped.  Thanks too to the race organisers who gave us the opportunity. And for those using when purchasing online, we have received our first quarterly cheque – £20. Margaret