Maltings Christmas Fayre 2017

It’s that time of year again! This Wednesday and Thursday – 28th & 30th November 2017 – the annual Farnham Maltings Christmas Fair is on. Located in the Farnham Maltings, GU9 7QR, the Fayre is a perfect opportunity to get ready for Christmas.

With over 150 stalls specialising in handmade gifts, unique stocking fillers, crafts, vintage, food and drink, you’re practically guaranteed to pick up some unusual Christmas Presents.

Running from 1pm – 9pm on Wednesday and 10am – 8pm on Thursday, there’s plenty of time to come in a grab something fabulous.

You can support Change of Scene by visiting our stall and buying some of Christmas treats or a raffle ticket to win this lovely hamper!

We’ve Been Nominated!

The Change of Scene Animal Project has been nominated for the next round of the Co-op Local Community Fund!

Funds from this project will help us buy new shelters for our animals, including a rabbit hutch for Toffee and a new shelter for Boris, our Mangalitsa pig.

Co-op are giving Change of Scene and the other causes in the community an equal share of the money raised from sales of carrier bags.

In addition, every time members shop at the Co-op, 1% of what they spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund. Local Co-op members will be able to nominate Change of Scene online and give their 1% from the 12 November 2017.

It costs £1 to become a member. This buys you a share in Co-op and gives:

  • 5% back to spend next time when you buy Co-op products
  • a share in our profits if we do well
  • the right to vote on how we do business

The more you shop, the more Co-op share!

So come on! Join Change of Scene and the Co-op and together we can raise much needed funds for our animals.

High Sheriff Visits Change of Scene

On 1st November 2017, Change of Scene was visited by the High Sheriff of Surrey, Mr Robert Napier CBE.

Appointed by the Queen, the High Sheriff is a non-political appointment for a year supporting the Crown and the judiciary.

The 55 High Sheriffs across the country are particularly interested in encouraging crime reduction initiatives and in local charities working at grass roots level with vulnerable people.

Despite having no wellies in the November mud, the High Sheriff was delighted to be shown round the farm and to meet all our animals. He was particularly impressed by Boris, our Mangalitsa pig, who met him with his usual big smile!

Mr Napier understood the importance of trying to get excluded young people back into education and was very complimentary about what Change of Scene achieves.

We are very grateful to the High Sheriff for taking the time to visit and for showing such an interest in the work we do.

Visit the High Sheriff of Surrey’s website for more information about his role.

New Pigs Arrive!

October saw the arrival of a new addition to the Change of Scene Family.

Two micro-pigs called Oreo and Truffle were welcomed to the Farm, and took up residence in the field opposite our resident Mangalitsa, Boris.

The pigs, who were looking for a new home, were driven down from Wimbledon. Despite the long journey, they coped admirably.


Oreo and Truffle were very happy to be in their new field and set to work eating straight away.

Please link to our video post on Facebook to see Truffle and Oreo in their new home.

Fun Fortnight

As a thank you for all their hard work during the year, we give our attendees the opportunity to enjoy a variety of fun activities during the last two weeks of August.

This year, our attendees enjoyed seven different trips, including a Barbecue and Cinema day, which involved sweetcorn, burgers and Despicable Me 3. All of these were thoroughly enjoyed by those who attended, particularly the food which they managed to cook for themselves, under the watchful eye of one of our volunteers.

Along with a visit to Pierrepoint Farm and an expedition on a narrow boat, we also visited the Winchester Science Museum and Planetarium where attendees engaged with a wide range of hands-on exhibits and were introduced to a group of giant insects who were visiting for the summer.

Our final trip was a jaunt to West Witterings beach where attendees braved the British summer for a bracing dip in the sea. They also played swingball on the beach and enjoyed a picnic lunch. Though it wasn’t the warmest day we could have hoped for, at least it stayed dry and a good time was had by all.

Fun Fortnight is a great experience for our attendees and Change of Scene is very fortunate to be able to offer such a range of activities. It would be impossible without the very generous support of The Barbara Ward Children’s Foundation for which we are sincerely grateful.