Working with the local community

Maintaining and encouraging an interest in the outside world is a vital part of the ethos of life at Birtley House. As some Residents are no longer able to visit the outside community we endeavour to bring the community to them instead, which helps to ensure a varied and balanced lifestyle for all. 

Birtley House has always had strong connections to the local community and  our Residents have many opportunities to enjoy both indoor and outdoor events with them. We have forged links with the halow project who support over 150 young people with learning disabilities and by converting the Birtley kitchen garden into a Community Garden, we have been able to provide a place for these young people to explore their interests in outdoor activities.  We are looking forward to our Residents sharing their gardening (and cooking) knowledge with our many new friends from the halow project.

Some smaller events may be part of the monthly Activities programme e.g. a visit from a local school, hosting a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer support or our annual Christmas Choral Concert, with a visit from an excellent local choir.

However, we also hold a few larger events in the parkland which provide a continuous source of interest for our Residents and opportunities to enjoy these with their families and friends, such as:

Sculpture in the Sculpture garden at Birtley House

  1. The annual Sculpture Garden Exhibition is held throughout May and is the largest temporary sculpture exhibition in Surrey, with some 150 exhibits displayed in the gardens. The exhibition attracts sculptors from across the UK. We often hold other events in conjunction with the exhibition e.g. choirs singing in the gardens & sculpture demonstrations. (Pictured right, exhibit 2016).
  2. In October, Birtley hosts the Surrey Hills Wood Fair which offers a rural day out for all the family with a wide variety of demonstrations, activities, crafts, refreshments etc 

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