Hello and Welcome to Farnborough and Farnham Friends
This group is for people who don’t want to sit behind a computer screen or phone screen having a virtual life, but those people who want to get out and about, enjoy the beauty of the countryside, meet new people and experience friendship, fun and the joy of doing things with like-minded people.
We are an active, friendly and very popular group and one of the biggest in the area. It is free to join and provides a good opportunity to meet other local people to socialize and make new friends. People of all ages are welcome. We are a very friendly group of people, just take a look at our Group Reviews on the left hand side of the page. Our members come from all surrounding areas, including Aldershot, Bagshot, Camberley, Farnham, Fleet, Guildford, Sandhurst, Wokingham, Yateley and beyond. Events take place throughout the Hampshire and Surrey area (and sometimes further afield) and there is a wide choice of things to do.
The aim of this group is to have fun whilst getting to know new, interesting, and friendly people, in different settings. We arrange restaurant visits, walks, visits to places of interest, cinema, live music nights, theatre, boat trips, pool competitions, dart nights, ten pin bowling, etc. ... Our events are very popular and get booked up quickly, so if you see something you would like to do, please RSVP as soon as possible.
You may or may not be aware, that the Meetup Organization charges a rental fee for the group's website. Unlike many other groups, we do not have an annual membership fee. The rental fee charged for the site and other expenses involved in running the group ( paid subscriptions to walking route sites, buying books, newspapers and magazine to check out events, updating the site, dealing with lots of queries and questions etc) are paid for by Liz (Organiser).
Each event takes time to organise and manage, therefore we charge an average of £2.00 each meetup event (which goes directly to the Event Host as a thank you for their time and effort) and £3 for walks. We hope you will agree that around £2-£3 is a very reasonable charge for all the hard work that goes on in the background to make this group a success and continue to grow, and be happy to pass this amount to the Event Host when attending an event. However, there are quite a few free events too!
If you have an idea for an event and would like to host it, please let Liz know. Anyone is welcome to host an event.
Members of this group treat each other with the utmost respect and courtesy. Unkind or inconsiderate behaviour won't be tolerated. Please always address the organisers and other members, whether in writing or person, in a polite manner. Aggressive or confrontational behaviour is simply unacceptable and will be dealt with swiftly. The organisers reserves the right to remove any comments that go against our group philosophy. We are volunteers, who are running this group to the best of our ability. People who are overly demanding or just plain rude will be removed from this group.
Please be responsible for yourself. Before you send us an email, ask yourself this: (a) did I actually read the Meetup event description, and (b) could I look this up on the internet myself?
Please note we only need to know the Yes RSVP's. It is not necessary to RSVP No if there is a meetup you do not wish to attend. The only time you need to RSVP No is if you have already said yes to an event and then find you cannot attend. In that case, we welcome being informed as soon as possible to enable another member of the group to take your place.
Like a lot of other groups, we have a No Show rule. If you RSVP Yes to an event, and do not turn up or let the Event Host know you cannot attend, unless there are extenuating circumstances which are communicated to the Event Host, after the second time this happens we will terminate your membership of the group. Also, the organisers have the right to cancel any members who do not fit with the group. Event Hosts have the right to ask a member to leave the event, if they are obviously affecting the enjoyment of other members.
Please note that under 16's are not allowed on any of our events, sorry!
Most of our walks welcome dogs too and all we ask is that they are friendly and well behaved. Please note that dogs must be kept on a lead for the whole duration of the walk and at any pub stops. Event Host has the right to ask the member to leave if they feel their dog(s) doesn't fit this criteria.
At all of our events, you take part at your own risk. The Group Organiser or Event Host is not responsible for your safety.
That's the rules done with - all you need to do now is upload a current photo of yourself (this is mandatory, helps Event Hosts to look out for you and helps everyone remember your name) and attend an event of your choice. (We reserve the right to cancel your membership if no photo or an unsuitable photo is uploaded).
Please don't worry about coming along on your own - we've all done it.
We give everybody a warm welcome and we look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon!