News 2023

Parkinson Voice classes – change of venue and day

Parkinsong is now held at Busbridge Village Hall, Brighton Rd, Godalming GU7 1XA and is now on Tuesdays, instead of Fridays. More details here.

Qigong Ba Duan Jin (BJD) sessions now available on zoom

Ruby Ho, a retired Occupational Therapist and qualified Health Qigong (HQG) Ba Duan Jin (BDJ) Instructor, is offering free weekly Zoom sessions on Qigong Ba Duan Jin for branch members.

BDJ is a Traditional Chinese exercise with a long written history and is well known for its gentle, slow movements and associated health benefits. The weekly sessions will be run in English on Wednesdays at 9:00 am – 10:15 am and the course starts 3 April 2024.  More details here.

Foundations Physio exercise classes – temporary change of venue

Whilst the Chichester Hall undergoes remedial works following the flood last Winter, the new venue is the conference room in the Milford Golf Club, Station Lane, Milford, Godalming GU8 5HS.

There is plenty of parking available and the golf club is a 6 minute drive from the Chichester Hall so if you want to check out the venue before the start date, then we recommend you do so. 

The change of venue started from w/c 11 September and will end w/c 18 December before our usual two-week break for Christmas. This is however, subject to the Chichester Hall being back up and running. We will update you closer to the time whether the classes will resume in the Milford Golf Club or back in the Chichester Hall, Petworth Rd, Witley, Godalming GU8 5PL. 

New Hospital at Home service launched in Surrey

A home-based acute hospital service was recently launched at Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, following a successful pilot. The Hospital at Home ward supports patients living with frailty, who would otherwise be in hospital, to receive the acute care and treatment they need in their own home.

For more information about this new service and other sources of local help visit our Local Help page by clicking here.

Earlier in the year …

16 December 2023

The Occam Singers gave a Christmas Concert on 16 December at St Nicholas’ Church, Bury Street, Guildford and the Branch provided the bar.

5 December 2023

Our Christmas Lunch was held on Tuesday 5 December and again at Broadwater Pavilion, Farncombe.

21 October 2023

The Occam Singers performed Bach: Motets on 21 October at Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford and Guildford Branch of Parkinson’s provided the bar.

25 July 2023 – Branch Summer get-together 

We held our summer get-together in Shalford Village Hall. Members and guests were invited to enter a cake or dessert for our first-ever Cake Competition. An amazing total of 18 delicious entries were brought along and our two judges as well as our own ‘Paul Hollywood’ – AKA our Guildford Branch Chair, David Lowther – had the enviable task of tasting every entry before choosing their favourite. And the unanimous winner was a gorgeous Carrot Cake made by Sharyn Bullen. For the recipe for the winning cake click here. The cakes were then cut into slices for everyone to enjoy, washed down with tea or Pimm’s and lemonade. A ‘Table of Surprises, which included a Lucky Dip, was also available for Members and their families or friends, helping to contribute to this lovely relaxed summer social and fundraising event.

8 July 2023 – Occam Singers Concert

The Occam Singers held a concert at Trinity Church, Guildford on 8 July 2023. The Guildford & South Surrey Branch of Parkinson’s UK ran the interval bar and an amazing £443 funds were raised for the Branch.

11 April 2023 – World Parkinson’s Day

World Parkinson’s Day was on Monday 11 April 2023. Parkinson’s UK announced its plans to support the community with two activities this year: Light Up Blue for Parkinson’s and Poems for Parkinson’s. For more details visit Parkinson’s UK website.

14 March 2023 – Kate Mosse at Glive

The Guildford & South Surrey Branch of Parkinson’s UK raised funds in the Foyer at Glive in Guildford on Tuesday 14 March 2023 before and after author Kate Mosse‘s theatre tour about her new non-fiction book Warrior Queens & Quiet Revolutionaries: How Women (Also) Built the World. A fabulous £292 was raised for the branch.

Occam Singers

Occam Singers have kindly named us their charity of the year.

4 March 2023 – The Occam Singers

The Occam Singers performed A Gathering of friends: Music by Brahms, Schubert and Elgar at Holy Trinity Church, 162 High Street Guildford, at 2.15 pm on Saturday 4 March 2023. The Guildford & South Surrey Branch of Parkinson’s UK ran the interval bar and an amazing £291 funds were raised and these have gone to the Branch.

Branch AGM 2023

The 2023 Branch AGM took place at Shalford Village Hall at 2.00 pm on 28 February 2023.

The Chair’s report and Financial report for 2022 are now available.

Minutes of the 2023 AGM meeting are available here