THE Maltings was abuzz with well-wishers of all ages last Saturday as thousands of people flocked to celebrate the much-loved community hub’s 50th birthday.
Farnham Maltings traces its origins to 1969, when a conversation on a golf course led to a group of local people deciding to save the Maltings for the town.
It was purchased from brewing giant Courage for the knock-down price of £30,000 and, thanks to the efforts of thousands of volunteers, board members, staff and supporters, has grown to become a flourishing community arts centre – revered not just in Farnham but across the south of England.
To celebrate the landmark occasion, the Maltings threw open its doors on Saturday for a free showcase of all it does best – including a series of talks, workshops and have-a-go sessions, performances, live music and a bounty of fun activities for families.
The Mayor of Farnham, David Attfield, cut the ceremonial birthday cake and took part in a number of activities during the day – notably joining youngsters for a boogie in the Silent Disco.
Children also enjoyed the Actual Reality Arcade’s life-sized Frogger, Marble Run and Space Invader games – to name a few.
Performances included Ignite gave an opportunity for young people and adults who take part in the Maltings’ community programmes to perform in the Great Hall.