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Fairlands is a the largest settlement (neighbourhood) of Worplesdon, a village with a civil parish council in the Borough of Guildford, Surrey, England. The neighbourhood is centred 2.6 miles (4.2 km) north-west of Guildford, and linked by a relatively straight road, however is not served by rail in its side of the parish, this being Worplesdon railway station, 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north-east. The arbitrary centre of Worplesdon, a linear settlement, its church is 1.2 miles (1.9 km) north-east.
Fairlands has a parade of eight shops, a post office, a doctor's surgery, primary school, recreation ground and community centre. The latter is used for resident's association meetings, meetings of other groups of cross-sections of the community, and private hire events.
Directly north of Fairlands is the Equestrian Centre of Merrist Wood College, which specialises in horticulture, landscaping, garden design, animal care, countryside, golf, sports turf, floristry, arboriculture and equine studies - it encompasses 400 acres (160 ha) of land.
The Fairlands, Liddington Hall and Gravetts Lane Community Association (FLGCA) is formed of residents of Fairlands and the surrounding residential areas. The FLGCA administer the community centre, form an umbrella organisation for various groups specific to the neighbourhoods, and more generally act for the benefit of residents. A free monthly magazine is delivered to every house within its scope.
The Normandy Youth Center serves the area by sponsoring community-based programs targeting youth in the area (especially marginal groups and minorities) for the purpose of increasing exposure to educational opportunities and building a stronger community.
The small settlement developed in the 1930s from farms and heath/woodland on the inside bend of the Aldershot Road by developing a few roads of semi-detached houses and bungalows. Fairlands' main building period was around 1960 when many more roads were built. - its shops, community centre, doctor's surgery and school were built in the 1960s. The wholly green-buffered settlement is not being bisected by any main roads and continues to reject street lighting, which adds strength to a suggestion the character of the settlement is semi-rural to rural. Today 12 residential roads and closes form a clustered, garden-use dominated hamlet.
The Bagshot road from Guildford is a straighter regional route than the nearest route linked to it by two small cross-routes (1.3km east of Fairlands), whereas the A323 Aldershot road from Guildford further from Guildford winds considerably, but adjoins Fairlands and provides an almost straight route from the community to Guildford, merging with the A322 shortly before the A3's Wooden Bridge interchange.
Worplesdon railway station is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north-east.
- Church of England
This 13th century ecclesiastical parish church (before the establishment of civil parishes providing a quasi-local government role with a vestry and poor relief for this neighbourhood), is an arbitrary centre of Worplesdon, a linear settlement around its central street and partially along intersecting routes, 1.2 miles (1.9 km) north-east. Financially supporting the church as its patron is Eton College.
- Roman Catholic Church
A small mosque, largely for students is at Surrey University, is supplemented by Friday Prayers (Jumu'ah) services organised by the Bangladeshi community in a shared place of worship, owned by the United Reformed Church in Portsmouth Road, Guildford.
Two large Woking mosques are 5 miles (8.0 km) away, Shah Jahan Mosque with a Sufi - Barelvi theme, the oldest purpose-built mosque in the country from the Victorian period, and Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith, whose theme is one of the Salafi movement.
- Surrey County Council Census data
- Award for Mother Who Transformed Her Village; 18 October 2010 article; at (Surrey Herald etc titles via Get Surrey) News; retrieved 30 January 2013.
- Ordnance survey website
- Church of England - Diocese of St Mary the Virgin, Worplesdon
- RC Diocese of Arundel & Brighton - St Mary's Church
- Map of Alternative Churches of Guildford Deanery
- Muslims in Britain - mosques nearest to Guildford Islamic Centre
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- www.fairlands.org.uk, the FLGCA website