In 2012 Commoners Day took place on Sunday September 30th and was, as usual, jointly organised by The Friends of Effingham Common, Guildford Borough Council and Effingham Parish Council. Besides its primary purpose of publicly exercising Commoners’ rights, this year’s event embraced the theme Fruits of the Common.

It was an overcast day with some threatening clouds at times but remained dry throughout.

The animals brought to feed on the Common.


There are three documents testifying to the planning that went into the event, including one drawn up by GBC.

As on previous occasions, the marquees were erected the day before and, in order to protect them, were slept in overnight by certain stalwart heroes.


Two posters were produced, one somewhat preliminary and the other one finalised.

The Marquees

The marquees were again kindly loaned by the 1st Effingham Scouts. These contained displays by ELHG, Effingham First Responders and the Surrey Hills Society; also present were a fruit identification expert from RHS Wisely and a team demonstrating apple pressing techniques and equipment.

You can see it was a dark day at first!


Fruits of the Common



Eight beautifully produced A3 posters about this topic were on display and can be viewed as a single pdf from here

ELHG Displays

The ELHG displays focused on Effingham’s past celebrations of Coronations and Jubilees, which fact was very appropriate in 2012, being the year of H.M. Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. The materials shown were exactly as had been presented earlier at the Village Day in June and can be viewed on this website’s page dedicated to that event.

Additionally, ELHG advertised its new book Effingham in Wartime and its intentions regarding a further book and another exhibition, as seen in the samples below from the panels.

Other Displays and Activities

The gallery below offers larger pictures of the event.