It’s Panto Time (oh no it’s not!)

Well, it was back at the end of January 2019, when a local group from Bucks Horn Oak, the Bucks Horn Oak Community Group, put on a rousing version of pantomime favourite, Jack and the Beanstalk.

Our Voluntary Chief Officer, Sue Weaver, was lucky enough to attend the dress rehearsal, along with five attendees, who declared the show to be “Brilliant.”

All proceeds from four sold-out performances are to be donated to Change of Scene.

We would very much like to thank all those involved in the production, particularly Sam Manz, who nominated Change of Scene as beneficiary. 

Lower Bourne Social Club – Raising funds for Change of Scene

In 2018, Change of Scene were chosen as the Chairman’s Charity of the Year by members of the Lower Bourne Social Club. A series fundraising activities took place throughout last year – everything from a quiz night to collection boxes on the bar. Club members were generous and raised the magnificent sum of £737.64.

A cheque was presented to our Voluntary Chief Officer, Sue Weaver, by Chairman John Morris and Club Secretary Nigel Tidey at a ceremony which took place recently at the Social Club on Burnt Hill Road, Farnham.

The money will go towards the costs involved in keeping the Charity up and running, helping us to keep providing our service for the young people who attend.

Change of Scene would like to say a big thank you to the members of the Lower Bourne Social Club for all their fundraising efforts.

FoCoS Meeting

Attendees at the FoCoS meeting

A meeting on Monday 21st January 2019 to introduce Friends of Change of Scene (FoCoS) was judged to be a resounding success!

Held at the Lower Bourne Social club, the room was packed with people all interested to know more about this exciting new venture. Proceedings were started by Voluntary Chief Officer, Sue Weaver, who spoke about the Charity and its aims.

CoS is fortunate enough to count the High Sheriff of Surrey, Jim Glover, amongst its supporters and he followed up Sue’s speech by talking about why he felt the Charity was hugely worthwhile. Various staff members and volunteers spoke the six vital facets of the FoCoS group:

  • Fundraisers
  • Craftspeople
  • Membership and Sponsors
  • Site Workers
  • Publicity and Marketing
  • Committee

Attendees were then given the opportunity to sign up for roles in which they were interested and we are delighted to say that the majority of people who attended did.

The ultimate aim is for FoCoS to be an independent group dedicated to raising much needed funds for Change of Scene.

If you are interested in becoming a member of FoCoS, please email:

Friends of Change of Scene

Did you know that we’ve now been making a life changing difference for local disadvantaged children for over 10 years?

We are now launching a group of supporters to help us continue our work:

Do you have time to help us? It can be as much or as little as you can spare.

Please come along to find out more:

At 19.00 on Monday 21st January 2019 at Lower Bourne Social Club, 83 Burnt Hill Road, Lower Bourne, Farnham, GU10 3LL

Chance to Win this Christmas Hamper

Be in with a chance of winning this lovely hamper, worth over £110, and support Change of Scene at the same time this Christmas.

Full of delicious festive treats such as chocolates, mince pies, biscuits, marmalade, wine and even champagne, winning this is sure to make one lucky person’s Christmas even more special!

To be in with a chance of winning, choose a lucky square between 1 and 350. Each guess cost £1.

To be in with a chance of winning, please contact

The winning number will be chosen by an on-line random number generator at 15:00 on 21st December 2018 at Change of Scene’s Offices. The winner will be notified by phone or email that day.

Otter Wey Trail

This summer, the Otter Wey Trail ran for two months in Farnham. An initiative of Jo Aylwin and Farnham in Bloom, charities, schools and businesses were asked to decorate the 1m tall otters which were then displayed round the town. In all, 44 otters were decorated and displayed

The Change of Scene was beautifully designed and decorated by Kim Field, with a little help from the attendees, and housed in the Farnham Frame Centre, courtesy of Caroline and Steve Dyche. A special thank you from all at Cos goes out to them.

On 9th July 2018, an auction of all the otters was held and we are delighted to say that the purchaser of the Change of Scene otter was its sponsor, Cello Health. It will be displayed in the reception of their Farnham offices. Tarquin the Otter brought much positive publicity for Change of Scene not only during its time on the Otter Wey, but going forward on display in its new location at Cello Health.

The Otter Wey was designed to raise funds for the nominated charities of the 2017-18 Mayor of Farnham, Mike Hodge.

Happy Birthday to CoS!

Last Sunday, 15th July 2018, saw the 10th Anniversary of Change of Scene!

To mark this auspicious occasion, a celebratory barbecue was held at the farm with plenty of burgers, sausages and salad. We enjoyed tomatoes from the vegetable patch and our volunteer baker, Jane, made some delicious biscuits.

Farnham Hedgehogs provided games which included putting and a magnificent ‘find the key’ game which proved very popular with guests. There was also a ‘guess the number of sweets in the jar’ with the winning guess, that of N Morgan, only 7 away!

Music came courtesy of guitarist Robbie Lee, who stepped in at the last moment when  our original musicians were unexpectedly unable to attend. Many thanks to him for a superb play list!

The weather couldn’t have been better and it was a lovely chance for attendees and their families, staff, volunteers and supporters to get together and celebrate 10 years of the Charity.

The pinnacle of the event was a rousing rendition of happy birthday and the cutting of a birthday cake which was enjoyed by all.

Since being set up in 2008 by Voluntary Chief Officer, Sue Weaver, Change of Scene has helped over 100 children to re-engage with sustainable education.

Here’s to the next ten years!

Disadvantaged Children helped by Surrey Freemasons

Disadvantaged children across Surrey and East Hampshire will be given the chance to fulfil their potential thanks to a grant from Surrey Freemasons.

The generous grant of £3779 to Change of Scene will help to fund children struggling in schools to reengage with education.

Due to a wide range of complex social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties more and more children are floundering in mainstream education and so become either temporarily or permanently excluded. With one-to-one care and nurture, working with animals and horticulture, our attendees become accustomed to success rather than failure. 79% manage to return to sustainable education.

The grant from Surrey Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends from across England and Wales.

Sue Weaver, Voluntary Chief Officer at Change of Scene said:

“We are most grateful to Surrey Freemasons for their generous grant, which will help us to continue to offer our provision to children in need.”

Mark Winchester from Surrey Freemasons said:

“We are very pleased to be able to help Change of Scene who do such an outstanding job helping disadvantaged children. Currently full and with a waiting list, there is clearly an ongoing need for this provision. We are proud to support the project.”