Thanks to Squire’s Garden Centre

In summer 2016, Change of Scene was lucky enough to be chosen as charity of the year by Squire’s Garden Centre at Badshot Lea.
At Christmas, Squire’s offered attendees and their families tickets to see a preview of their excellent “Santa’s Got Talent” Christmas Circus. This was an amazing show featuring daring balancing acts, juggling, clowns and even knife-throwing! At the end, all the children got to meet Santa and received a gift of some juggling balls. Since the circus, many of the children have been practising hard and some of them have even learnt how to juggle! The children (and adults!) all had a wonderful time.

In addition, all the money from Squire’s ‘wishing well’ collection was donated to Change of Scene. Some of this money was put to excellent use when one of our guinea pigs fell ill. We were able to fund antibiotics for him and I am delighted to say he has made a full recovery and is back to his old self. Needless to say, the life of all the animals at the Charity is of paramount importance to our attendees and it was truly fantastic to have the finances to save him.

Squire’s have also held two open days, which were great fun and enjoyed by all.
We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the staff and customers at the Centre and would like to extend an enormous thanks to everyone involved.

Squire’s Kitchen Exhibition 2017

The weekend of 11th and 12th March 2017 saw the 31st annual Squire’s Kitchen Exhibition.

Held in Farnham Maltings, the exhibition attracted people from across the country and was a celebration of all things sugar. With demonstrations on everything from creating chocolate flowers to watercolour cake painting, there was plenty to interest and inspire. The several competitions, including a show-stopping wedding cake category, proved just how much talent there is out there! Photos can be found on the Squire’s Kitchen facebook page.

For the exhibition, some of our former attendees learnt how to make sugar animals and entered the children’s cake competition. One of them even came third! Well done to all of the sugar crafters – your creations were amazing!

In addition, Squire’s Kitchen chose to raise money for Change of Scene. The fee for entering the ‘Farmyard Birthday Cake for Children’ was donated directly to the Charity.

Despite stiff competition, our very own Kim Field received Highly Commended for her entry, which was a great result for her first attempt. The cake tasted delicious too!

We were also delighted to be invited along to the Exhibition. All weekend, staff and volunteers from Change of Scene managed a stall where we raffled Paul Hollywood’s book ‘The Weekend Baker’, and a ‘choose a square’ competition which attracted a lot of attention. The prize for this was a hamper donated by Squire’s Kitchen, full of all sorts of decorating goodies. The book was won by Lynda Sheahan and the hamper by Sarah Francis. Many thanks to all who entered.

We would also like to extend our thanks to all at Squire’s Kitchen for a superbly planned and thoroughly enjoyable weekend. We have been amazed by the generosity of all and are deeply grateful for being chosen.

Sue Weaver wins Services to Farnham Award

On Monday 27th February, the 2017 Services to Farnham Awards took place. Sponsored by Sir Ray Tindle of the Tindle News Group, this annual events recognises people who ‘provide an outstanding or crucial service to the community or the people of Farnham.’

This year, our very own Sue Weaver received an award. This is what was said about her:

For services to young people through Change of Scene

As founder and Voluntary Chief Officer at Change of Scene, Sue Weaver provides a place of calmness and a sanctuary for vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Farnham who have experienced trauma in their short lives. Her passion for helping the children is evidenced by giving them one-to-one attention and nurturing their hidden skills and sense of purpose through plants and animals, so that they can be ready to face the world and all the challenges it represents. Her skill, vision and tireless dedication in making a life-changing difference for disadvantaged young people is demonstrated by her success. As a result, Sue and her team have developed Change of Scene into a well-respected charity and an acknowledged centre of learning.

Sue is inspirational and is most deserving of an award to recognise her contribution to the local community.

Well done Sue; you really deserve it!

Enterprise Cars

Wednesday 8th February 2017, we welcomed a group of hardy volunteers from Enterprise Cars to work at Change of Scene.

Despite the miserable, grey weather, our volunteers donned wellies and hats and, armed only with shovels, set about tackling the winter mud of the farm.

With the ground being so wet, trimming the hedges meant considerable damage had been done to the alpaca field. This needed urgent attention before the new spring growth of grass.

Fortunately, the volunteers were up to the task and, with a good deal of hard graft, filled in and flattened out the field.

As always, our alpacas were quite curious, but luckily, the volunteers came bearing food. The alpacas never need much encouragement to come and be fed!

The volunteers undertook everything we asked them to do with gusto and good cheer, even when the ground was perhaps not as dry as they might have wished. Not that mud bothers our pig, Boris…

At the end of a hard day of outdoor work, there was time to take a break, and a chance to meet some of our other animals, including Tango, our corn snake. Hopefully, all the volunteers enjoyed the day as much as we did.

We would like to say an enormous ‘thank you’ to everyone from Enterprise Cars for all of their excellent work.

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Volunteers make a world of difference to what we can offer our attendees here at Change of Scene. We couldn’t do it without you!


Runner up in Eagle Radio’s Charity of the Year

Please help us become Eagle Radio's Charity of the YearWell, it was a hard fought contest, but in the end, there could only be one winner. By the smallest of margins (a mere 2 votes!!) Change of Scene were just pipped at the post. Orchard Dementia Care became Eagle Radio’s Charity of the Year.

We would like to offer our congratulations to them and a huge thank you to all the people who got behind us. The outpouring of support was truly amazing and we were all deeply touched by how much Change of Scene means to everyone.

We had great fun documenting the work we do here so check out some of the videos on 

Mayor of Waverley’s Barn Dance

The Mayor of Waverley is hosting a Barn Dance on 18th March 2017. Held at St Polycarp’s School, Farnham GU9 8BQ, the evening will start at 7.30pm and continue on until 11pm. Tickets cost £22, including a fish and chip supper.

With music from it’s bound to be a cracking night. For tickets, contact Christopher.storey at

All proceeds to go to the Mayor of Waverley’s chosen charities, including Change of Scene.

Support from the Mayor of Waverley Borough Council

The Mayor of Waverley Borough Council, Councillor Christopher Storey, has selected Change of Scene as one of two local charities that he will be supporting during his term of office, which starts on 10th May 2016.

There will be many activities organised by the Mayor and Lady Mayoress during the course of the year, and they will also be lending their support to our existing fundraising activities.

More details to follow throughout the year…

Waverley Staff and Councillors 2015

Hedgehog’s Farnham Motoring Revival fundraiser

The Hedgehogs present the 2016 Farnham Motoring Revival. An exclusive and not-to-be-missed event! Attend a unique Top Gear style presentation including an original 1955 Mercedes Gullwing, a 1939 Lagonda, plus a replica of Mike Hawthorn’s Mk1 Jaguar and his first race car – a Riley Ulster Imp.

For tickets (£35 per person, including a glass of fizz, hog-roast and dessert) email: or visit or call Jim Hastie on 07533 190707 or John Welch on 07813 022704.