Godalming and its surrounding lands are special. Set in the valley of the River Wey, with its unique Lammas Lands, the town is a vibrant place which retains a sense of community and attracts many visitors.
The Godalming Trust is a voluntary organisation promoting high standards of planning, conservation and regeneration for the benefit of the local community in Godalming and Farncombe. It exists to bring together all who are interested in the town and its environs, aiming to stimulate interest in their history and character, and to promote a healthy sustainable balance between preservation of ancient buildings and new developments in building and landscaping.
What does the Godalming Trust do?
- It maintains a campaigning role, taking part in and initiating discussion on issues concerning the quality of life in the town. Pedestrianisation on the High Street on Saturday is a notable example
- A Planning Sub-Committee reviews all significant planning applications, supporting those that enhance and blend with the environment and opposing those that detract from it
- The Godalming Trust Civic Design Awards are awarded biennially to outstanding design of new buildings, sympathetic restoration of old buildings, enhancements to the environment and general ambience of the area
- Hosts public meetings to ensure important issues can be openly discussed by residents
- Organises the town’s annual Heritage Open Days, when buildings not usually open to the public can be viewed
- Leads town heritage walks on various dates throughout the summer
- Represents Godalming to bodies such as the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)
- Co-operates with Godalming Museum on events such as a Summer Lunch and a series of lectures
The Godalming Trust is an independent body, not funded by the Councils, and all activities are organised and staffed by volunteers. Its campaigning role needs the financial support and interest of all those who care for the Godalming of today and tomorrow.