The St Martha Parish Council

Covering East Chilworth, between Shalford and Albury in Surrey, St Martha Parish is an active Parish Council serving the local community.

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St Martha Parish is one of the smallest of the 24 parishes in the Borough of Guildford in Surrey. There are fewer than 300 dwellings and a population of just over 600.

The Parish, which is semi-rural, is situated within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and boasts some splendid views and wonderful scenery.

Two major rights of way, The Downs Link and The North Downs Way, cross the Parish and intersect on St Marthas Hill next to St Marthas Church, which is situated at the summit. There are many footpaths and bridleways, all of which are well used for recreation by walkers, horse riders and cyclists.

The Parish of St Martha is in the village of Chilworth and is bordered by the Parishes of Albury to the east, Wonersh to the south, Shalford to the west and Holy Trinity to the north. To the south of St Martha’s Hill is the beautiful Tillingbourne Valley with its historic Gunpowder Mills Site - a scheduled ancient monument in a pretty woodland setting with a guided trail.

Survey by The Friends of The Gunpowder Mills

Thank you to everyone who took part in our survey. The results are now on our Survey Page

St Martha Parish Council

St Martha Parish Council is made up of 7 councillors who meet regularly to discuss local parish issues.


The Council is made up of 7 Councillors who are elected every four years. GBC Councillors are also represented on the Council.

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All Council meetings are public meetings, with their agenda published here and on our Notice boards. Minutes are also available to view.

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Good governance, accountability and transparency are essential to St Martha Parish Council.

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Guildford Borough Council ask Parish Councillors to comment on all planning applications in the parish.

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Next Meetings

The next St Martha Parish Council meetings are shown below.

Chilworth Stones

Next Council Meeting

The next meeting of St Martha Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 6th September 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in Chilworth Village Hall. This is a CHANGE from the date advertised in the Chilworth News Magazine. Click here to read more about our meetings.

Gunpowder Mills

Next Gunpowder Mills Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the ‘Friends of the Gunpowder Mills’ will be held on Tuesday 15th November 2022 in Chilworth Village Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Recent News Items

St Martha on the Hill and St Thomas

The Churches of St Martha on the Hill and St Thomas

St Martha-on-the-Hill is the Parish Church for the Ecclesiastical Parish of Chilworth. The village of Chilworth also has a Parish Centre of Worship - St Thomas' - an attractive 1890s Arts & Crafts building in Shalford Civil Parish.
Contact for both churches: The Revd Tim Heaney 01483 202394 or click on this link to view their website.


Notice is hereby given pursuant to rule 5 of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England & Wales) Rules 2006, that consequent upon the resignation of Graham Brown, a casual vacancy exists in the Office of Councillor for the said Parish.

If a request for an election to fill the said vacancy signed by ten registered electors of the said Parish is received on or before 22 June 2022 by the Proper Officer of Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4BB, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy. If no such notice is received by the Proper Officer, the vacancy will be filled by the Parish Council by co-option.

Tom Horwood

Proper Officer

Dated : 31 May 2022


Would you like to help keep the Parish a pleasant and safe place to live in? A Parish Councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community and helping to make it a better place in which to live and work. Would you like to make a difference to what happens in your Parish?

Parish Councils are the most local part of our democratic system and are closest to the public. Please consider joining St Martha Parish Council and see what difference you can make to your local community.

Why not come along to a Parish Council Meeting – talk to Councillors and see how a Council Meeting works! Monthly meetings are held in the evening, at Chilworth C of E Infant School, the date of the next meeting is shown above. If you feel you could contribute to the work of the Council and would like to be considered for this role, please contact the Parish Clerk, Anne Tait – telephone: 07976 778864, or e-mail: